Instinct and Reason; Deduced from Electro-Biology

Instinct and Reason; Deduced from Electro-Biology

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...nearly as white; and, what is most singular, the cardboard is really constructed of a series of layers. The cardboard is so perfect, that writing can be effected upon it; and in no other respect does it differ from ordinary white card. The whole nest has a single hole, through which the insects enter and emerge; and this single hole is to be found at the centre of each tier of cells; so that I have no doubt but that the bottom of the nest is used for the new layer of cells when the insects desire to increase the size 01 their habitation. Plate 4, fig. 10.) 331. Now, man cannot make cardboard by so simple a process as that by which these wasps effect it. Man takes two, three, or more sheets of paper, and pastes them together, when the surplus paste is pressed out by hydraulic pressure, and the sheets are dried in rooms artificially warmed for that purpose. In a large manufactory, where they make this article very extensively, a steam-engine, an hydraulic press, a warming apparatus, and even other appliances, are required. 332. My former neighbour, Mr. Walter Hawkins, imported into this country a very remarkable nest of one of the honeymaking wasps. It is as large as a three-or four-gallon bottle, and is suspended by a very strong pedicle to a bough. It is formed of a material more resembling papier mache-than either card or paper. Its exterior is rough, and covered with a series of nodules, or protuberances, which are supposed to protect the nest from the jaguars, who, desiring to obtain the honey, jump at it, but, when their noses come in contact with the knobs, are frightened and retire. The entrance is on one side, and is covered with a series of imbrications, placed far enough apart to allow the creatures freely to pass in and out, but not more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563751
  • 9781236563750