Introduction to Entomology: Comprehending a General View of the Metamorphoses, External Structure, Anatomy, Physiology, and Systematic Arrangement of the Class Insects

W. H. Lizars, 1840 - 331 pages

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Page 217 - Even these of them ye may eat ; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
Page 223 - Drury, fly out in the evening and commit monstrous depredations ; they plunder and erode all kinds of victuals, dressed and undressed ; and damage all sorts of clothing, especially those which are touched with powder, pomatum, and similar substances, every thing made of leather, books, paper, and various other articles, which, if they do not destroy, at least they soil.
Page 223 - They fly into the flame of candles, and sometimes into the dishes ; are very fond of ink and of oil, into which they are apt to fall and perish. In this case they soon turn most offensively putrid, so that a man might as well sit over the cadaverous body of a large animal, as write with the ink in which they have died. They often fly into persons...
Page 307 - It is placed at the extremity of the abdomen of the female on the under side, and is so constructed, that it combines the properties of a saw and auger. It...
Page 224 - In old houses they swarm by myriads, making every part filthy beyond description wherever they harbour, which in the day-time is in dark corners, behind all sorts of clothes, in trunks, boxes, and in short every place where they can lie concealed. In old timber and deal houses, when the family is retired at night to sleep, this insect, among other disagreeable properties, has the power of making a noise, which very much resembles a pretty smart knocking with the knuckle upon the wainscotting. The...
Page 57 - SWAMMERDAM. especially, which he could separate from all the other parts, and exhibit in a manner that excited the surprise and admiration of all who had an opportunity of observing them.
Page 38 - As the ephemeras abounds with useful lessons and moral precepts, so it affords sufficient matter for various speculations. It is engendered, grows to its bignesS, and then generates, lays eggs, casts its sperm, grows old, and dies in the space of five hours. This short space comprehends the morning, noon, and evening of its life...
Page 224 - ... impelled to answer one another, and cause such a drumming noise that none but those who are very good sleepers can rest for them. What is most disagreeable, those who have not gauze curtains are sometimes attacked by them in their sleep.
Page 230 - Roesel, who kept some of these insects, observes that, in their mutual conflicts, their manoeuvres very much resemble those of hussars fighting with sabres ; and sometimes one cleaves the other through at a single stroke, or severs the head from the body."* The manners of the scorpion (fig.
Page 230 - It is also of a very pugnacious nature, and, when kept with others of its own species in a state of captivity, will attack its neighbour with the utmost violence, till one or the other is destroyed in the contest. Roesel, who kept some of these insects, observes, that in their mutual conflicts their manreuvres very much resemble those of hussars fighting with sabres, and sometimes one cleaves the other through at a single stroke, or severs the head from the body.

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