大地上的事情 / from Life on Earth
My observations suggest that ants build three different types of nests. Small ants spit little grains of dirt around the entrance to their nests, building up a little circular pile of dirt in the shape of an egg cup, or the fire hole in the top of farm house stove, or a grave mound, or a citadel, or a sagging honeycomb cell. Slightly bigger ants do their work more evenly and aesthetically, building what look like little trumpet mouths, or the openings to underground springs, or black flowers blossomed on the ground. Big ants behave like north country folk when they build nests. They work absentminded, roughly, with little attention to detail. They carry grains of dirt in their mandibles a long way and then just chuck them down any old place, like farmers broadcasting seed as they stride through the fields.
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