Common Beetles of the British Uplands (Classic Reprint)
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Everybody who is sufficiently conversant with the open book of Nature to recognize a beetle when he or she sees one, is aware how large a part they play in the great drama of the Insect world, how numerous and diverse they are as species, how abundant as individuals. Unlike some of our other insects, beetles occur everywhere, and at all times of the year. From the summit of Ben Nevis to far below high water mark on the shore - forest and fen - the wild bogs of Connacht to the well-tilled lowlands of East Anglia - the moors and mountains of Ultima Thule, and the pathless chalk downs of Wessex - Highland loch, and Lowland mere - pond and wayside ditch - the great persistent river and the most evanescent mountain rill - town and country, the nests of ants and birds and mammals; and the dwelling places of mankind - all these have their beetles; some few common to the land or water of them all, some special to each. And as I have dealt in other parts of this little series with certain of the beetles to be found under some of these varying environments, so in the present part I invite the attention of the reader, whom I assume to be a lover, if not a student, of Nature in her more detailed manifestations, to some of the members of the order whose hiding places are among the everlasting hills, or at least who haunt that great sweep of uplands which we call the North and South Downs.
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