From J. Burningham1 [10 September 1858?]2
I have examined the ants nest o〈 〉 〈 〉 high ground but did not find any yellow ones— thare whare a grate many eggs b〈u〉t saw a very few ants either in the nest or on the outside the ceasd to carry eggs in about a week after you left3 and soon after deserted that Part altogeather I mean the 〈2 or 3 words missing〉 is not 〈1 word missing〉 a〈n〉t to 〈be〉 seen those 〈1 word missing〉 yellow 〈 〉s under the 〈 〉 dont seem to have been disturbed the ants on the high ground have not collected any rubbish for a nest.
I know 〈a〉n Hor〈ne〉ts nest near the Caves4 in an hollow tree part of it is quite open
Yours Obediently | J Burningham
Reports his observations on an ants’ nest.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4891,” accessed on 27 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4891
Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)