Excerpt from Ants and Their Ways: With Illustrations, and an Appendix Giving a Complete List of Genera and Species of the British Ants
Entomological Society, reprinted from the Transactions of the Society for December, 1880 - a valuable contribution to the study of the British species. In this work he adopts a specific characteristic for the female of Formica aliena which I had brought forward in one of my papers, and which had been recognised as distinctive of the species by my late friend, Mr. Frederick Smith of the British Museum, formerly President of the Entomological Society, an eminent Hymenopterist, to whose unwearied kindness and invaluable assistance I shall ever remain indebted. He, some twenty years ago, first stimulated my interest in the study of British ants into active exercise, and ever encouraged and aided me in my pleasant and profitable investigations, until his much lamented death in January, 1879. I have since secured possession of the greater part of his valuable collection of foreign Amleate mmazoptera, in which is numbered about six hundred different species of ants from almost every part of the world, as well as nearly two hundred and seventy species of the allied families Muti/lia'a and lymzia'a, popularly called Solitary Ants, and classed by Mr. F. Smith under the fiterogyna. Mr. Smith's manuscript lectures, with their practical and pictorial illus trations, have tended also to enrich my happy experiences of the wonders of the formic world.
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