The sea lay under me like a great blue plate, the schooner a white ant crawling in its centre.
“The ground which grows” (that is the nest of the white ant) is said to be made by him.
Now, this white ant (Termes flavipes) is in Florida one of our worst pests.
The white ant—But of the insects of this order the most noted are the white ants or termites (which are ants only by a misnomer).
You can tell infallibly the points of the compass from the mounds of this white ant, which has been called the “meridian termite.”
I think it was that unlucky joke of mine which first set Mameena thinking, "like a white ant in its tunnel," as Saduko said.
The white ant (termes), known here as Anay, is by far the most formidable insect in its destructive powers.
Steam has been lately found very successful in cleansing ships from vermin, and especially the white ant.
Instantly a white ant was seen to appear through the opening thus made, apparently surveying the damage done.
They enter the infected house in large numbers, leaving a reserve force behind, and promptly destroy every white ant in the place.