National Geographic : 1922 Feb
Photographs byH.G.Cornthwaite IN THE TREETOPS OF THE JUNGLES OF PANAMA At the left are nests of weaver-birds, which resemble the oriole nests of the north, hanging in clusters onatree inGatun Lake. Often they are built side by side with the nests of wasps and bees, and the stinging insects are said to protect the birds from reptiles. Inthecenter isanold termite (white ant) nest with a strangler fig vine growing over it. Such dark-brown nests swarm withsoldiers and workers which have squirt-guns in their heads; when disturbed they eject a fluid whose unpleasant odor is obnoxious to their enemies. These arenotmushroom-growing ants. At the right is a large cuipo tree (see page 134) in the dry season. In the branches are the hangingnests ofweaver-birds.