Termites Kept in Captivity by Ants

  title={Termites Kept in Captivity by Ants},
  author={HENRY O. Forbes},
  • H. Forbes
  • Published 1 November 1878
  • History
  • Nature
WHEN entomologising in Portugal in 1877, in the neighbourhood of Cintra, I found the nest of Formica nigra under a stone. On my turning it over there was, as usual, great consternation in the community, and I discovered that it was evidently caused by the fear lest a colony of Termes lucifugus, which the Formicas had enslaved, should escape. The Nigras instantly began seizing the Termites, driving them underground by the nearest orifices, in the meantime wrenching and pulling off their wings in… 
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