from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ant of the genus Aphænogaster or of one of its immediate allies, such as Pogonomyrmex.—
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These ants all have well-developed teeth, and the shell-like covering enveloping the body is much thinner than that of the harvesting-ant.
(_Camponotus socius_, Roger), which lives in the ground, and whose mining and tunnelling are on a much more extensive scale than those of the harvesting-ant.
The formicary of this _Camponotus_ often extends over several square rods, with large entrances at various points, all connected by underground galleries, requiring a great amount of labor to construct them; while each colony of the harvesting-ant has a close, compact nest or formicary, requiring much less work to construct it.
The worker major of _Camponotus socius_ is very large -- larger than the soldier of the harvesting-ant.
The chitinous covering of this harvesting-ant is firm and hard.