Trail On (7) Piss Ant

​Splits the abdomen open,

uses a sharpened pair

of watchmaker’s forceps
carefully removes all the organs,

smears each organ across

a piece of glass. After each stroke
checks whether it has an effect

on a nearby ant colony. Smears

organ after organ: the poison gland,
hindgut, the fat body have no effect.

Finally finger shaped Dufour’s gland

excites their antennae,  a fragrance
of piss they dutifully follow. The animal

experiment has worked. How scientist

and insect find their way.

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