Butterflies and Moths in Romance and Reality

Butterflies and Moths in Romance and Reality

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...two inches in expanse, and the wings are not very brightly coloured. One of the largest species is the Puss Moth (C erura or Dicranura vinula (Plate 10, fig. 2), which sometimes expands as much as three inches. It is a greyish white, with zig-zag transverse blackish lines on the fore wings; the antenna e are strongly pectinated in the male, but only slightly in the female. The moth may be found resting on the trunks of poplars and willows, on the leaves of which the caterpillar feeds. The caterpillar is a very curious creature. It is green, with a broad blue-black band on the back, edged with white or yellow; this is widened like a saddle about the middle of the body, and becomes narrow behind; the front of the body is very stout, and the back is humped in front of the band, and the body tapers behind. The anal claspers are replaced by two long hollow tails enclosing red whip-like filaments, which can be extruded to frighten or drive away enemies, like the retractile forks on the neck of the caterpillars of the S_wallow-tail Butterflies. The Puss Moth caterpillar makes a very hard cocoon of fragments of wood. There are several other species of C erura found in the British Islands. They are very like the Puss Moth, but are smaller, and much less common, and are generally known as " Kittens." As an example, we have figured the Barred Kitten (C. hermelina or bifida, Plate I0, fig. I), which is pale grey, with a dark grey patch near the tip of the fore wings and a broad transverse band with straight or slightly curved edges. The caterpillar is green, with a large brown head bordered with red; there is a purple band on the back, expanded in the middle and edged with white. It feeds on willow and poplar. The Lobster Moth...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926013
  • 9781236926012