An Illustrated Natural History of British Moths

An Illustrated Natural History of British Moths

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...in very wet weather, when the caterpillar feeds voraciously, the belly and all the under parts assume a tinge of green: nevertheless, although these parts assume this green tinge after voracious feeding, they invariably return to their normal colour before pupation, thus proving the altered tinge to be the result of repletion: when the time of pupation arrives, they usually seerete themselves in holes in the wall, and spin a slight web among old spiders' webs, dust, and erumbled earth or mortar, in which they undergo the change, hut sometimes they use for this purpose the cocoons they had previously constructed as habitations during their caterpillar state; they usually remain in the chrysalis state throughout June and July. On account of its peculiar economy, this species is rather difficult to manage in confinement; the caterpillars from which my description is made, proved exceedingly restless in confinement, and pertinaciously refused to build or to feed on the diversified banquet of lichens, which I provided for their well-being. i The Morn appears on the wing in July and August, and is abundant, but local, in our southern counties, occurring in plenty on walls at Exeter, Plymouth, Brighton, &c., and formerly on the canal bridge in the Old Kent Road, where I have not seen it for twenty-five years; I know of no other locality in the London distriet: it comes freely to sugar. (The scientific name is Bryophila glandifera.) 422. The Marbled Beauty (Bryophila Per la). 422. The Marbled Beauty.--The antennae are slender, simple, and similar in both sexes; the fore wings are very nearly striight on the costa; the tip is blunt; their colour is pale gray, almost white, and varied with darker markings of a smoky gray, but these as well as the...show more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511859
  • 9781236511850