them the variety known as Amazon ants.
All ants appear to live in tribes and nations, under rules which never change.
Like Indians they have their ranks and orders-patriarchal, military, servile; and like Indians they hold their property in a common lot. The patriarchs, set apart as fathers and mothers, live an easy life, and pass away when they have done their part.
These chiefs among the ants are winged.
They soar and pair, eat up the choicest food, and die with mandibles unstained by vulgar toil.
Next in rank come the soldiers; ants with strong mandibles, but no wings.
Lowest in order stand the serfs or bondmen.
Food must be sought, and chambers bored; wherefore a majority of ants are serfs, and all these servile ants are squaws.
No male ant ever earns his bread.
Scorning to delve and spin, he asks his female architects to build his cell, and sends his female foragers to seek his food.
These servile squaws, arrested in their growth, and having neither wings nor ovaries, are content to drudge and slave.
But Amazon ants have souls above these ordinary squaws.
would rather fight than drudge, and, like all fighting creatures, they become the owners