An Introduction to the Modern Classification of Insects: Founded on the Natural Habits and Corresponding Organisation of the Different Families, Volume 1

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839 - 494 páginas
 

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Página 445 - ... that's heard amidst the lazy noon, When even the bees lag at the summoning brass; And you, warm little housekeeper, who class With those who think the candles come too soon, Loving the fire, and with your tricksome tune Nick the glad silent moments as they pass...
Página 453 - At intervals, some bird from out the brakes, Starts into voice a moment, then is still. There seems a floating whisper on the hill, But that is fancy, for the starlight dews All silently their tears of love instil...
Página 418 - ... articles, which, if they do not destroy, at least they soil, as they frequently deposit a drop of their excrement where they settle, and, some way or other, by that means damage what they cannot devour. They fly into the flame of candles, and sometimes into the dishes ; are very fond of ink and of oil, into which they are apt to fall and perish. In...
Página 76 - American rivers, he went out with a lantern to make an astronomical observation, accompanied by one of his black servant boys ; and as they were proceeding, their attention was directed to numerous beetles running about upon the shore, which, when captured, proved to be specimens of a large species of Brachinus. On being seized they immediately began to play off their artillery, burning and staining the flesh to such a degree that only a few specimens could be captured with the naked hand, and leaving...
Página 263 - The larva when hatched, first devours the grub of the bee in the cell in which it is born and then proceeds from cell to cell, preying upon the inhabitant of each until arrived at maturity. It is in this situation, also, that it undergoes its changes in a small cocoon, which it has previously constructed, making its escape from the nest in the beetle state, where the hardness of its covering sufficiently defends it from the stings of the bees.
Página 427 - Finally, the monkish legends tell us that St. Francis Xavier, seeing a Mantis moving along in its solemn way, holding up its two forelegs as in the act of devotion, desired it to sing the praises of God, whereupon the insect carolled forth a fine canticle ! SOME SUGGESTIONS. While this new addition to the insect fauna of America does not deserve to be revered by us as is apparently done in some parts of the Old World, yet, as...
Página 108 - ... revolutions of the electrical machine is a very fallacious method. 415] I found, upon trial*, that though a shock might be procured from this artificial torpedo, while held under water, yet there was too great a disproportion between its strength, when received this way, and in air ; for if I placed one hand on the upper, and the other on the lower surface of the electric organs, and gave such a charge to the battery, that the shock, when received in air, was as strong as, I believe, that of...
Página 433 - ... upon beholding some insects, that they had robbed the trees of their leaves to form for themselves artificial wings, so exactly do they resemble them in their form, substance, and vascular structure; some representing green leaves, and others thoss that are dry and withered. Nay, sometimes this mimicry is so exquisite, that you would mistake the whole insect for a portion of the branching spray of a tree.
Página 418 - Dlatta gigantea being thence known in the West Indies by the name of drummer ; and this they keep up, replying to each other, throughout the night; moreover they attack sleeping persons, and will even eat the extremities of the dead." This quotation makes it appear that authors as well as books are endangered by this outlaw. With energies exclusively turned against properly selected examples of both, what a world of good it might do mankind ! The discrimination lacking, the insect must be treated...
Página 227 - ... frass" or excrement is colored by the bark, which indicates that the larvae feed both on the bast and bark. As to the number of eggs laid by the female we have no information. The eggs are deposited in fissures or cracks by means of the extensile end of the body. As Westwood states, "The abdomen appears to be composed of only five segments; the remainder are, however, internal, and constitute in the female a retractile, corneous, conical plate, employed for depositing the eggs in the chinks of...

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