Birds and Fishes; Natural History Studies in Words and Easy Reading

Birds and Fishes; Natural History Studies in Words and Easy Reading

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... they can leap higher, fly swifter and longer, swim faster, dig more in a certain length of time, and carry and drag heavier burdens, according to their size, than any other animals. The first great tribe in the Insect Kingdom is made up of creatures that have Membrane Wings, like the bees, wasps, saw-flies, and ants. All of them have four naked wings made of a fine tissue called membrane, in which there are a few veins. The two front wings are very much larger than the hinder ones, and fold backward smoothly when the little creature is walking or resting. The common or HIVE-BEES are such sociable little things that they always live in companies, and large numbers of them--called swarms--make their homes together in a little house or nest, known as a hive. The swarms are made up of a great many workers, one mother-bee, called the queen, and several father-bees, that do not work and are called drones. The queen rules the swarm and lays the eggs; she seldom leaves the hive, except in what is called the swarming season, after which all the drones in the hive are killed by the workers. There are about thirty of these to every drone, so they form the principal part of the society, doing all the work of gathering the honey, making the wax, building the cells, and feeding and taking care of the young. They are wonderfully strong little creatures, being able to fly very fast with their light and delicate-looking wings, and to go a long time without alighting. Their eyes are made to see such great distances that when they have gone far away from home in search of honey, they rise in the air, till they can get a good view of the earth, and then they sight ANTS. their home and fly straight to it with great speed. It is from this habit that the shortest line...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629795
  • 9781236629791