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.