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Many of the leading orchard proprietors in Northern Italy and Southern Germany are cultivators of the common black ant, which insect they hold in high esteem as the fruit-grower’s best friend. They establish ant-hills m their orchards, and leave the police service of their fruit-trees entirely to the tiny colonists, which pass all their time in climbing up the stems of the fruittrees, cleansing their boughs and leaves of malefactors, mature as well as embryotic, and descending, laden with spoils, to the ground, when they comfortably consume or prudently store away their booty. They never meddle with sound fruit, but invade only such apples, pears, and plums as have already been penetrated by the canker, which they remorselessly pursue to its fastnesses within the very heart of the fruit. Nowhere are apple and pear trees so free from blight and insects.

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THE BLACK ANT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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THE BLACK ANT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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