“Go to the ant, thou sluggard, ... which provideth her meat in the summer ” (Proverbs vi. 6–8; and xxx. 25). The notion that ants in general gather food in harvest for a winter's store is quite an error; in the first place, they do not live on grain, but chiefly on animal food; and in the next place they are torpid in winter, and do not require food. Colonel Sykes, however, says there is in Poonah a grain-feeding species, which stores up millet-seed; and according to Lubbock and Moggridge, ants in the south of Europe and in Texas make stores.
What are called “ant eggs” are not eggs, but the pupæ of ants.