Why Black Ant Stings

By Dave and Dennis Jah

Rabbit and black ant were the best of friends. As friends they visited with each other and went on many outings together. On one of their many trips they found a bird trapped. Rabbit and his friend took the bird and prepared a tasty sauce. Rabbit tasted it and saw that it was good and wished he alone could eat all of it. He started thinking of a way to trick his friend so that he alone could eat the bird sauce. He told black Ant that they should take a bath before eating. The two friends went in their respective ways to get quick baths and hurried back to eat their food. Rabbit said Black Ant was still dirty because he was still black and smelled bad. Black Ant hurried back in the bathroom and scrubbed himself with sweet smelling bath soap and warm water. In spite of that Rabbit said that his friend was still not thoroughly washed. Black Ant went back to bathe himself for the third time. To his surprise, Rabbit still insisted that Black Ant was not yet ready for the meal. This angered Black Ant that he went back in the bathroom for many more times. By the time he returned for the eleventh time, Rabbit has eaten all of the meal they both have prepared. Black Ant was so angry that he stung Rabbit many times.

He said, “Rabbit, you have stepped upon me and I must fight back.”
Since then, a black ant will sting even if it is not stepped on.

Why Black Ant Stings


Bensalem, United States

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A folktale about why black ant stings



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