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abdomen animal antennae Beetles belly Bembex Buprestes burrow capture carry caterpillar cell Cerceris close cocoon colour comes Cricket dart digging door dragging drop dwelling entomological entrance Ephippiger Eristalis experiment eyes fact Favier Flies four Crickets fresh front gallery ganglia give goes Grey Worm ground grub Hairy Ammophila head heap Hunting Wasps huntress Hymenoptera inches insect instinct Languedocian Sphex larva lastly least leaves legs less light live Locusts mandibles ment mesothorax metathorax method Mont Ventoux mophila mother motionless mouth movement neck ness nest never observe once Orthoptera ovipositor paralysed prey prick prothorax provisions sand sandy segment seize shelter side soil soon species Sphex-wasps spot sting stone surface thing thorax tion Translator's Note turn Ventoux victim victuals Wasp's Weevils wings wound yellow Yellow-winged Sphex
Page 390 - This night, at least, with me forget your care, Chestnuts, and curds and cream shall be your fare : The carpet-ground shall be with leaves o'erspread, And boughs shall weave a cov'ring for your head.
Page 211 - One of the greatest naturalists, J. Henri Fabre, calls attention to the dangers of routine and rigidity, which is also one of the greatest problems of administration. In his book, The Fascinating Insect World* he says this, which might qualify as a principle of administration: "Instinct knows everything, in the undeviating paths marked out for it; it knows nothing, outside these paths.
Page 192 - If the bee is heavy with honey, the wasp squeezes its crop "so as to make her disgorge the delicious syrup, which she drinks by licking the tongue which her unfortunate victim, in her death-agony, sticks out of her mouth at full length. ... At the moment of some such horrible banquet, I have seen the Wasp, with her prey, seized by the Mantis: the bandit was rifled by another bandit. And here is an awful detail: while the Mantis held her transfixed under the points of the double saw and was already...
Page 411 - I reject the modern theory of instinct. I see in it no more than an ingenious game in which the arm-chair naturalist, the man who shapes the world according to his whim, is able to take delight...
Page 370 - ... the periods of employment shall be from seven o'clock in the forenoon until twelve o'clock noon, and from one o'clock in the afternoon until six o'clock in the evening of every working day except Saturday, upon which last named day the period of employment shall be from seven o'clock in the forenoon until twelve o'clock noon.
Page 1 - |AHERE are for each one of us, according *- to his turn of mind, certain books that open up horizons hitherto undreamed of and mark an epoch in our mental life. They fling wide the gates of a new world wherein our intellectual powers are henceforth to be employed; they are the spark which lights the fuel on a hearth doomed, without its aid, to remain indefinitely bleak and cold.
Page 390 - Quand viendra ce printemps par qui tant d'exilés Dans les champs paternels se verront rappelés ? A nos yeux attentifs que le spectacle change : Retournons sur la terre , où jusque dans la fange L'insecte nous appelle , et , certain de son prix , Ose nous demander raison de nos mépris. De secrètes beautés quel amas innombrable ! Plus l'auteur s'est caché , plus il est admirable. Quoiqu'un...
Page 133 - Behold ! yon bordering fence of sallow trees Is fraught with flowers, the flowers are fraught with bees; The busy bees, with a soft murmuring strain, Invite to gentle sleep the labouring swain.
Page 188 - THE Sphex has shown us how infallibly and with what transcendental art she acts when guided by the unconscious inspiration of her instinct; she is now going to show us how poor she is in resource, how limited in intelligence, how illogical even, in circumstances outside of her regular routine. By a strange inconsistency, characteristic of the instinctive faculties, profound wisdom is accompanied by an ignorance no less profound.