Episodes of Insect Life Volume 1

Episodes of Insect Life Volume 1

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... which led man to deify his brother man? It was wholly for their usefulness, since there is little doubt, that, but for their important economic service, their own wonderful economy would have been as much overlooked, as it was misapprehended. Ants, it is true, with no such claim upon human notice, attracted it scarcely less, witness the ancient "records of their wars;" but these are comparatively recent, and it is likely that the marvels of Apian monarchies first led to observation of the ways and wonders of the Pismire Eepublics. Of the value of honey and its extensive use, we, in our own country and our 'own times, since the introduction of sugar, can have seldom perhaps entertained anything like a just notion, --a much lower estimate, at all events, than the Ukraine peasant with his 400 or 500 bee-hives, or a Spanish priest, possessor of 5000. About the uses of wax, a word by-and-by; but with the aroma of honey in our nostrils, and its flavour on our lips, let 158 INSECTS AS FOOD. us think whether we are indebted to Insects for any other description of palative luxury. Why no, say those who have only lived and looked at home; but they who have been at Rome may tell us that snails are there commonly sold and eaten, especially as Lenten food. Well, but snails are not Insects: true, though they were once so considered; but we have only to go back to the commencement of the Christian era, and we shall find that while John the Baptist was subsisting in the desert of Judea, upon the simple and ordinary fare of "locusts and wild honey," imperial luxurious Eome was regaling, in her banquet halls, upon veritable Insects--luscious Caterpillar grubs, fattened on flour, as we fatten oysters upon meal. This was the Cossus of Pliny, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636031
  • 9781236636034