National Geographic : 1934 Aug
WORK AND WAR IN THE WORLD OF ANTS © National Geographic Society (Inset, natural size) RED AMAZONS WITH ICE-TONG JAWS DEAL DEATH IN A KIDNAPPING RAID One drives the twin prongs through her black foeman's head. Others grapple or poise for the kill. With duller jaws, the desperate blacks (Formica) gnaw their enemies' legs, but some of the reds dart into the nest and bear off the booty-fat pupae from which black ants will emerge to become their slaves. Without them these Amazon ants (Polyergus) of the United States, Europe, and Japan would die, as their weapons are so long and sharp they can neither feed themselves nor care for their young. The Geographic's staff artist peered through microscopes for months to make these remarkable action paintings.