from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the honey-ants whose office it is to receive and carry in its abdomen the honey which has been gathered by the workers.
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In any case, the life of a honey-bearer must be singularly uneventful, not to say dull and monotonous; but no doubt any small inconvenience in this respect must be more than compensated for by the glorious consciousness that one is sacrificing one's own personal comfort for the common good of universal anthood.
The honey-bearer thereupon throws up her head and regurgitates a large drop of the amber liquid.
When a honey-bearer dies at his post, a victim to his zeal for the common good, the workers carefully remove his cold corpse from the roof where it still clings, clip off the head and shoulders from the distended abdomen, and convey their deceased brother piecemeal, in two detachments, to the formican cemetery, undisturbed.
When the workers in turn require a meal, they go up to the nearest honey-bearer and stroke her gently with their antennæ.