The Hunting Wasps

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Dodd, Mead, 1915 - Wasps - 427 pages

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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 - I ^HERE 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 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.
Page 189 - The insect which astounds us, which terrifies us with its extraordinary intelligence surprises us, the next moment, with its stupidity, when confronted with some simple fact that happens to lie outside its ordinary practice.

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