Congressional Edition Volume 2309

Congressional Edition Volume 2309

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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: ...independent of the others. Their flight is sometimes accompanied by a crackling sound, but they appear to produce this sound at their pleasure while on the wing. Several other species of Spineless-breasted Locusts ((Edipodina) can also produce this sound while on the wing, but I am not acquainted with a single species of Spine-breasted Locust (Acridince) that ever produces a similar sound. The Yellow Locusts are more frequently found resting upon the bare ground than in any other situation, but during the hottest part of the day they seek the shade of low weeds, grape-vines, small trees, &c, which they usually ascend, but never, or very seldom, go very high. I have frequently seen them feed upon dry leaves, and they seem to prefer feeding upon these on the ground to climbing after the green ones. I have also seen them feed upon a locust that had but recently died; they would usually begin upon the side of the thorax next to the head, and eat away the whole side and internal parts of the thorax, sometimes also devouring the greater part of the abdomen. This cannibalistic habit seems to be indulged in by all the different species of locusts that inhabit this valley. I saw several pairs of Yellow Locusts united in coition in the latter part of June, but did not succeed in obtaining any eggs, although I frequently saw a female that had her abdomen sunken its whole length into the loose sand in the grain fields; after she had withdrawn her abdomen and walked away, I carefully dug up the earth in the place where her abdomen had been thrust into the sand, but never succeeded in obtaining the eggs. As the situation chosen by these females was in the open fields where it was impossible to watch their movements unobserved by them, it is quite likely...show more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236550358
  • 9781236550354