Natural History of Insects; Comprising Their Architecture, Transformations, Senses, Food, Habits--Collection, Preservation and Arrangement Volume 1

Natural History of Insects; Comprising Their Architecture, Transformations, Senses, Food, Habits--Collection, Preservation and Arrangement 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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...its hole is lined. Nests of the Gruls of Ephemera. A. The grub. B. Perforations in a river bank. C. One laid open to show the parallel structure. In the bank of the stream at Lee in Kent, we had occasion to take up an old willow stump, which, previous to its being driven into the bank, had been perforated in numerous places by the caterpillar of the goat-moth (Cessu's Hgniperda). From having been, driven amongst the moist clay, these perforations became filled with it, and the grubs of the ephemeras found them very suitable for their habitation; for the wood supplied a more secure protection than if then; galleries had been excavated in the clay. In these holes of the wood we found several empty, and some in which were full grown grubs. Se-ts of Ephemtra in W. s, f C, .uus. 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 JLatreille. 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 i'eet. The head is of a square form, with six or eight eyes, and very large in proportion to the body. 'J hey have strong jaws, and on the eighth joint of the body there are two fleshy tubercles, thickly clothed with reddish hairs, and armed with a recurved horny spine, the whole giving to the grub the form of the letter Z. With their jaws and feet they dig into the earth to the depth of eighteen inches, forming a cylindrical cavity of greater diameter than their body, and furnished with a perpendicular entrance. In construct J. R. ing this, the grub first clears away the particles of..show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236485866
  • 9781236485861