Insect Architecture Volume 1

Insect Architecture 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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...it is young and small, the hole is proportionally small, though, with respect to extent, it is always at least double the length of its body. The hole, being" under the level of the river, is always tilled with water, so that the grub swims in its native element, and while it is secure from being preyed upon by fishes, it has its own food within easy reach. Tt feeds, in fact, if we mar judge from its e.gesta% upon the slime or moistened clay with which its hole is lined. A, The grub. B, Perforations in a river hank, C, One 1h1 f.pn to shew the parallel structure. In the bank of the stream at Lee in Kent, we had occasion to take up an old willow stump, which, Prt" vious to its being driven into the bank, had been forated in numerous places by the caterpillar of t-e "oat-moth (Cossus ligniperda). From having been driven amongst the moist clay, these perforations became filled with it, and the grubs of the ephernene found them very suitable for their habitation; for the wood supplied a more secure protection than if their galleries had been excavated in the clay, In these iu es of the wood we found several empty, and some in which were full grown grubs. Nests of Ephemera in holes of Cossus. The architecture of the grub of a pretty genus of beetles, known to entomologists by the name of Cicindela, is peculiarly interesting. It was first made known by the eminent French naturalists, Geoffroy, Desmarest, and Latreille. This grub, which may be met with during spring, and also in summer and autumn, in sandy places, is long, cylindric, soft, whitish, and furnished with six brown scaly feet. The head is of a square form, with six or eight eyes, and very large in proportion to the body. They have strong jaws, and on the eighth joint of...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236485963
  • 9781236485960