TCD MS 10515 folio 99 recto
their myriads devastating the plains, destroying every blade of verdure and insatiated with this, we see locust devouring locust. We see them dragged beneath the ground by carnivorous1 ants; beetles2 devouring them; black repulsive spiders3 weaving snares in the camel-thorn strong enough to entangle the largest of them. We see scorpions and solpugid spiders working destruction by night; the former hurries off with a cricket impaled on its cirved sting. The solpugid seizes every kind, it reduces the locust to pulp, gives greater preference to the mole-cricket, devours others of its own species and battles for its life with the scorpion. We see every insect falling a prey to carnivorous ants. At a single nest we may see the ravagers hastening in with beetles, crickets, locusts and all
(1). Myrmecocystus (3). Spec. of 6.5.16.
(2). Spec. of .5.5.16. (4). 3 inches in length