World of Wonders; Or, Marvels in Animate and Inanimate Nature

World of Wonders; Or, Marvels in Animate and Inanimate Nature

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...brown paste exactly like card-board, but it is not known from what source the material is drawn. The mud-mason wasps of the regions of the Amazon are also artisans of skill and ingenuity, no whit inferior to the other insects of which we have spoken. The beds of stiff, white clay, found in the river regions of Brazil, furnish the inhabitants with material whence they manufacture excellent pottery, but the wasps make i wasp is very friendly to man, and makes its Lome on the walls or doors of chambers, or the rafters of a deserted garret. It also uses live but disabled spiders for provision against the wants of the wasp grubs. out of the same material forms which rival the skill and beauty of the human handiwork. Having chosen a site for its nest--generally the side of some twig or branch--the industrious little builder starts for the claybank at once. This it approaches with a loud hum, and, losing no time in surveying the ground, instantly kneads little pellets of clay which it can carry in its mouth. The little ball of moist clay is laid on the edge of the cell and then spread out around the circular rim by means of the lower lip, guided by the mandibles. The insect places itself astride of ly of a certain kind of spider. And here, again, is shown marvelous instinct. Knowing well that if the nest is filled with dead spiders the bodies would decompose, the wise mother catches the prey and so wounds or disables it that it still lives, though helpless. In this state the unhappy victims have to await the hatching of the eggs, which is the certain forerunner of their doom. Another skillful mud-mason builds clay nests which so closely resemble certain ancient vases and water jars in shape that it seems almost certain that man must have stolen the...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236654676
  • 9781236654670