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Excerpt from The Canadian Entomologist, Vol. 10
I very soon noticed-that ants also frequented the spikes and supposed that the honey-sweet ﬂowers drew them, but presently saw an ant running up and down the back of one of the larvae, drumming and gesticulating with its antennae, and was surprised to find that the larva, though feeding, did not seem in the least disturbed at the treatment, neither withdrawing its head from the bud nor wincing in the body. It evidently knew well who was treating it so familiarly. Had it been touched by an ichneumon ﬂy or had such an insect approached it nearly without touching, it would have displayed alarm instantly. A little farther search showed other ants, and sometimes several of them, busy about other larvae, running from one to another on different parts of the spike and always repeating the same drumming motions, stopping often to lick the surface, as it seemed to me, and the presence of ants became a sure indication of larvae and saved me much trouble in searching for the latter.
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