The Guide to Nature Volume 7

The Guide to Nature Volume 7

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...in her actions, and so constantly careful of her young that she one day drove away an old crane four times her size when he was wading near the boat and in what she thinks is her own domain. She hatched six biddies, but lost two that were doubtless caught by one of the alligators that infest Lake Eustis. As I write this, one of the birds is on my goods-box table picking at a cut lemon, while another is on the deck eating boiled sweet potato. To wheat or corn they prefer rice, cheese, hominy and any scraps of meat that the steward may hand out. Bettie's call and notes are pleasing, and remind one of those of the common hen; she has a little song with which she often favors me. The chicks have a pleasant chirp, especially when I speak to them. They cut up great Vhen the cool nights of September come and the bull thistles are in full bloom on roadsides and in waste places, in all their purplish beauty, and the bright sunshine of the afternoons enlivens insects that have been numbed by cool nights and light frosts, one may find on thistle bloom many bumblebees of various sizes and markings. If he observes closely he will notice that some of them bear distinct markings of black on the abdominal part, possibly a third or a half of the abdomen being black "If you don't think they'll sting," pick one of these up. Other bees have no coloring but yellow on the abdominal part unless it be that the tip is lightly blackish. The abdominal section is also more slender and longer than like parts of the bees bearing distinct black markings. These are drones, or in the language of my boyhood days, "fuzzies. ' They may be picked from the thistle bloom with impunity. They can't sting, because they have no stingers....show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755340
  • 9781236755346