Oggi abbiamo un libro gratuito del 1940 adatto a chi ha un inglese intermediate che parla della vita delle formiche e l’organizzazione di un formichiere. Il libro è anche illustrato e potete vederlo qui sotto o scaricarlo in formati diversi sempre gratis.

Indubbiamente ci sono stati altri sviluppi nella ricerca sulle formiche e le loro abitudini dal 1940 ma è comunque interessante leggere un libro di allora per vedere appunto come erano descritte certe cose circa 80 anni fa.

Come potete vedere in ogni caso, l’inglese del testo è abbastanza semplice e facile da seguire.

Keeping very clean is one thing that ants never neglect. Since they live underground, they cannot permit either their bodies or their homes to get dirty. If they did, they might become sick and die. Even the ant colony itself might grow smaller and die out at last. Ant colonies sometimes last longer than a man’s life time, and one reason for this is the fact that the ants are so clean.
The Queen is standing in the middle of the chamber. She is much larger than the worker ants about her. They are cleaning her, feeding her, combing her, attending to all her wants. But at the same time they are really keeping her prisoner. For the Queen is never permitted to leave the ant hill. She never sees the sun or the sky. She always lives underground. Her only task in life is to lay eggs so that the ant colony will not die. She may live many years, but she will never do any other work. Years ago, maybe five or six years ago, she was a princess in some other ant hill. She and the other princesses were differ¬ ent from the young worker ants. Some¬ day they would be queens.