from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making slaves, as an ant.


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  • Moreover, if we are going to admit subjective considerations, there is a fascination in the bleak logic that pervades all of life, including wasps homing in on the nerve ganglia down the length of their prey, cuckoos ejecting their foster brothers ‘Thow mortherer of the heysugge on y braunche’, slave-making ants, and the single-minded – or rather zero-minded – indifference to suffering shown by all parasites and predators.


  • This an interesting article on slave-making and pa...


  • This an interesting article on slave-making and parasitic ants.


  • Can all this force you to put the cap upon the climax -- to clinch the nail by doing that, without which nothing in the work of slave-making would be attempted?

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • It is the temptation of these things, I repeat, that feeds the slave-making wars of Africa, and forms the human basis of those admirable bills of exchange.

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

  • I will select only three, —namely, the instinct which leads the cuckoo to lay her eggs in other birds’ nests; the slave-making instinct of certain ants; and the cell-making power of the hive-bee.

    VIII. Instinct. Special Instincts

  • Another species, Formica sanguinea, was likewise first discovered by P. Huber to be a slave-making ant.

    VIII. Instinct. Special Instincts

  • Both in Switzerland and England the slaves seem to have the exclusive care of the larvæ, and the masters alone go on slave-making expeditions.

    VIII. Instinct. Special Instincts

  • If we had not known of any other slave-making ant, it would have been hopeless to speculate how so wonderful an instinct could have been perfected.

    VIII. Instinct. Special Instincts

  • If a colony of the slave-making ants is changing the nest, a matter which is left to the discretion of the slaves, the latter carry their mistresses to their new home.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 8 Animal and Nature Stories


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