Wisconsin Naturalist Volume 1

Wisconsin Naturalist 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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...confined from birth, are capable of flying successfully at once when liberated, their wings having attained the necessary growth to render flight possible. "The Duke of Argyll relates some very interesting particulars about the instinct of birds, especially of the water ousel, the merganser and the wild duck. Even as to the class of beasts I find recorded: 'Five young polecats were found comfortably imbedded in dry, withered grass, and in z side hole of proper dinensions for such a larder were forty frogs and two toads, all alive, but merely capable of sprawling a little. On examination, the whole number, toads and all, proved to have been purposely and dexterously bitten through the brain. Evidently the parent polecat had thus provided the young with food which should be kept perfectly fresh because alive, and yet was rendered quite unable to escape. This singular instinct is like others which are yet more fully developed among insects--a class of animals the instincts of which are so numerous, wonderful and notorious that it will be probably enough to refer to one or two examples. The female carpenter bee, in order to protect her eggs excavates in some piece of wood a series of chambers, in special order, with a view to a peculiar mode of exit for her young, but the young mother can have no conscious knowledge of the series of actions subsequently to ensue. The female of the wasp, affects another well-known, but very remarkable example of a complex instinct closely related to that already mentioned in the case of the polecat. The female wasp has to provide fresh, living animal food for her progeny, which, when it quits its egg, quits it in the form of an almost helpless grub, utterly unable to catch, retain, or kill an active struggling...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650674X
  • 9781236506740