Tiny Toilers and Their Works

Tiny Toilers and Their Works

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...the whole structure looks rather like an open latticework, a bit of lace made of mud. After the tower reaches a certain height, usually about two inches, Mrs. Odynerus gives it a slight hook and stops adding more material to it. Now, all the earth she gets out of the mine she throws away out of the curved end of her tower. This leaning column built over the doorway, with its queer hook at the end, was not built for decorative purposes; it is merely a loosely piled stack of bricks which the intelligent wasp will use later on for a very necessary work. She stacks the bricks around her door so they will be close at hand when needed. Inside and under the tower is a narrow tunnel running horizontally into the clay bank for five or six inches. This forms a hallway to the various dining-rooms that branch off at angles from it. Each of these is a tiny cell, rounded at one end and reached by a narrow passage opening out from the central tunnel. When a dining-room is completed the wasp enters and lays an egg, which she carefully hangs from the ceiling at the end of a fine silk thread. Later we shall see the reason for this hanging cradle. Most insects store their pantries with food and then lay their eggs, but Mrs. Odynerus lays her egg first, hangs it from the ceiling, and then goes on hunting expeditions to catch game for her coming baby. She seeks a certain green worm about three-eighths of an inch long, with a very black head. Its body is thickly sprinkled with black tubercles, each of these queer polkadots in its turn bearing a single hair on its top. When stung by the wasp this small creature is paralyzed and deprived of the power of running away or escaping from the pantry in which it is shut up; but, though its muscles are injured by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743024
  • 9781236743022