FRANKLIN thought that ants know how to tell things to
one another. He thought that they talk by some kind of
signs. When an ant has found a dead fly too big for him
to drag away, he will run off and get some other ant to
One day he found some ants eating
Ants talking (magnified)
At last when this greedy ant had eaten all that he could, he started to go home. Franklin saw him climb over the rim of the jar. Then the ant ran down the outside of the jar. But when he got to the bottom, he did not find any shelf there. He went all around the jar. There was no way to get down to the floor. The ant ran this way and that way, but he could not get down.
An Ant's Feeler (magnified)
At last the greedy ant thought he would see if he could go up. He climbed up the string to the ceiling. Then he went down the wall. He came to his own hole at last, no doubt.
After a while he got hungry again, perhaps. He thought about that jar of sweets at the end of a string. Then perhaps he told the other ants. Maybe he let them know that there was a string by which they could get down to the jar.
In about half an hour after the ant had gone up the
string, Franklin saw a swarm of ants going down the
string. They marched in a line, one after another. Soon
there were two lines of ants on the string. The ants in
one line were going down to get at the sweet food. The
ants in the other line were marching up the other side
of the string to go home. Do you think that the greedy
ant told the other ants about the jar? And did he tell
them that there was a string by which an ant could get
there? And did he tell it by
If you watch two ants when they meet, you will see that they touch their feelers together, as if they were saying "Good morning!"