Chapter One: The rhythms of the landscapeRed ant or ant of red abdomen
It is somewhat average in size, a little firm, a little hard, ruddy. It has a heap of sand, a mound of sand, a hill. It sweeps, makes itself sand heaps, makes wide roads, makes itself a home. It is the worst one to bite, if it bites the foot [the effect] extends to the groin; if it bites the hand, it extends to the armpit; it swells.The Florentine Codex:
Fray Bernardino de Sahagun,
General History of the Things of New Spain, 1590.
[Translation of Aztec description of the red harvester ant.]25 acres