Outlines of Entomology

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Tribune printing Company, state printers and binders, 1891 - Entomology - 132 pages
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Page 107 - They kill their prey by inserting into it their proboscis, which ejects a most powerful poisonous liquid into the wound. The victim thus pierced dies in a very short time. They then leisurely suck out the juices and drop the empty skin.
Page 39 - Riley says of Anthopora sponsa, an allied species, that it " builds mostly in steeply inclined or perpendicular clay-banks, and, in addition, extends a tube of clay from the entrance. The burrow has usually two branches, which decline about an inch from the surface of the bank, and (in them) six or eight cells are arranged end to end. By means of saliva the inside of the cell is rendered impervious to the moisture of the honey and bee-bread stored in it for the young.
Page 124 - No one who has not witnessed the ravaging power of locusts can fully conceive of or appreciate it. The organization and habit of the typical locust admirably fit it for ravenous work. Muscular, gregarious, with powerful jaws, and ample digestive and reproductive systems; strong of wing and assisted in flight by numerous...
Page 125 - ... that buoy — all these traits conspire to make it the terrible engine of destruction which history shows it to have been under conditions favorable to its excessive multiplication. Insignificant individually but mighty collectively, locusts fall upon a country like a plague or a blight. The farmer plows and plants.
Page 35 - When not in use, all these lengthened month parts are drawn close together and bent under the chin. The modification of the legs, especially of the hinder pair, is to adapt them to the work of gathering and carrying pollen. The shank (tibia) is broad and somewhat hollowed out on the inner surface, and has a rim of stiff hairs, thus forming a sort of basket in which the pollen is piled when it has been gathered by the feet, the basal joints of which are enlarged and otherwise especially adapted for...
Page 14 - ... colors most commonly seen in the eyes of insects, but many species have eyes that gleam with the tints and brilliancy of jewels, and add not a little to the beauty of the species. The most striking appendages of the head of an insect are the Feelers or Antennce (sing, antenna.) These are many jointed organs in which the sense of touch is thought chiefly to reside. Many experiments go to show that they are also the organs of smell. They are of a great variety of forms, a tew of which are represented...
Page 121 - At the base they over-lap in a wide, flat triangle, the upper surface of one and the under surface of the other being peculiarly ridged and roughened to form the " taborets," which grate together as the insect raises and lowers its wings.
Page 79 - ... mostly spherical or circular, and deposited in clusters. The transformations in this order are complete, and more easily observed than in most other insects. The larvae are all properly termed caterpillars, but the smooth species are often popularly designated " worms," as for example, " cut-worms," " canker-worms," " budworms," etc. Like the parent insects, they vary greatly in form, size and color. The body is usually Cylindrical, composed of twelve or thirteen segments, besides the head. The...
Page 5 - ... reputation. Primarily prepared for the use of farmers and horticulturists to teach them to recognize their friends and enemies among the insects, it contains much that is of interest to every intelligent person fond of the out-of-doors world. The author has written the book remembering, as she says, " that there are those who have yet to learn the difference between a beetle and a bug, or between a moth and a butterfly ; to whom the transformations of insects offer a puzzle which they cannot...
Page 68 - Proh.), a smooth, shining, chestnut-brown insect, which issues from the ground in swarms during the latter part of May or early in June, filling the air at twilight, and finding its way in numbers into lamp-lighted rooms, unless excluded with the utmost care. These beetles settle on trees at night and feed voraciously on the foliage.

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