The eclectic Captain Beefheart died last week. Like many artists, Captain Beefheart frequently sang about insects based on his observations of nature. Most ant species are territorial and that can lead to large scale altercations. These “ant wars” are a common metaphor for wars waged by humans.
In the song, Ant Man Bee, Captain Beefheart sings:
All the ants in God’s garden they can’t get along
War still runnin’ on
It’s that one lump uh sugar
That they won’t leave each other ‘lone
Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010).
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