Report - Entomological Society of Ontario Volume 13-20

Report - Entomological Society of Ontario Volume 13-20

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...the surface, where it lay for a short time perfectly quiet. When it began the formation of its pit, which I watched to its completion, it commenced by a jerk of the head and thorax, which threw the sand off and exposed them to view. It lowered them at once, made a. sudden start back, when the sand covered them; than another jerk and another backward move rapidly executed, always throwing the sand to the outside. In its first round it described a circle of about an inch in diameter, reducing the circle with each round. A mound was formed in the centre and the sand ran into the trench from both sides, and thus it worked away without a halt until the mound was all thrown out, and the pit had assumed the funnel shape, when it took a rest, after which it began throwing out the sand from the centre at its leisure, deepening and widening the pit very much. The time occupied in the first part of the operation may have been about half an hour. One that I was watching, after it had made nearly a round in commencing a pit, seemed to be dissatisfied with the location, and started off on a prospecting tour to find one more to its liking. Its course was quite discernible by the disturbance of the surface sand, although it never appeared in view. In its travels it met an obstruction, a piece of broken pine limb about four inches long and an inch and a-half in diameter, imbedded about an inch in the sand. Against this it struggled until it raised it out of its bed, moving one end along an inch and a half, when it was sufiiciently elevated to permit the nymph to pass on without going below its ordinary depth. It had travelled hither and thither over a space of twelve or fourteen inches without stopping, before I left it. It is most amusing to place one on...show more

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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 717g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811615
  • 9781236811615