Common Beetles of the British Uplands (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jul 14, 2015 - Science - 112 pages
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Beetles, like all other objects in nature, have their affinities, and have been divided by naturalists accord ing to those affinities into sections which correspond more or less with what we must believe to have been the course of their evolution in time. Now, it is not my desire, nor would it be consonant with the purpose of this little book, to weary the reader with the com plicated tables necessary to explain all these divisions but I think I may at least state that there are some eight major groups into which the order may in the first case be divided, and that these divisions depend principally on various structural differences of legs and antennae, as well as of habit. The first of these groups, the Adephaga, contains both land and water beetles; they all have long thin antenna of uniform thickness throughout, five joints to each tarsus (the tarsus being the last of the three sections of the leg, and analogous to our foot), they are rapid in movement and predaceous in habit. Some are represented on plate B., Fig. I, z, and 3.

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