The “Ant” or more traditionally “Emmet” are rarely met with in heraldry. When they are used as a charge on a coat armor they are shown tergiant (as if looking down upon the creature crawling along) by default. If any other posture is assumed it should be mentioned specifically in the blazon.
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Ant, (fr. fourmi). Of the insecta of the animal kingdom there are but few representatives. The ants, and with them the emmets, may be mentioned: the former are generally represented on their ant-hill (fr. fourmiliêre).
Vert, an ant argent—Kendiffe
Sable, on a chevron between three ant-hills or, each charged with four ants proper, as many holly leaves azure—Benedictine Abbey of Pershobk.
Argent, a bend azure between three emmets sable—Massy.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Ants are but seldom met with. “Argent, six ants, three, two, and one sable,” is a coat given by Pap worth to a family of the name of Tregent ; “Vert, an ant Argent,” to Kendiffe ; and “Argent, a chevron vert between three beetles proper” are the arms attributed by the same authority to a family named Muschamp.
A Complete Guide to Heraldry; Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909).
Originally posted 2010-11-14 12:21:29.