The Entomologist, Volume 4

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Simpkin, Marshall & Company, 1869 - Entomology


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Page 20 - I imagine, partly to their frequent battles with one another, in which they whirl round each other with the greatest rapidity, and appear to be incited by the greatest ferocity, and partly to their habit of flying rapidly through the interlacing twigs and foliage of the jungle. Certain species could always be found in particular spots ; the orange and pumilow trees in the plantations always abounded with the handsome large red and black Papilio Memnon ; grassy nullahs sheltered abundance of small...
Page 34 - A', but if it is excited or angry it produces a very different note. Thus, then, the sounds of insects do not merely serve to bring the sexes together; they are not merely "love-songs," but also serve, like any true language, to express the feelings.
Page 14 - a dead specimen pinned upon a conspicuous twig will often arrest an insect of the same species in its headlong flight and bring it down within easy reach of the net, especially if it be of the opposite sex.
Page 27 - Fifth Report on the Noxious and other Insects of the State of New York,
Page 227 - The sawdust should be pine-wood and sifted free from chips on the one hand and from dust on the other, so as to be of an uniform size. For storing the species thus collected, a few tin canisters will be found most convenient ; a layer of sawdust is placed at the bottom, and then beetles and so on alternately to the top. The sawdust used in the tins should be damped (not wetted...
Page 103 - The same locality subsequently yielded as many as were taken on the first day, while all the district round about, though much of it is of the same character, was perfectly clear of them. This tends to show that the species is very local in its habitat.
Page 347 - ... pot-hook shape, and it can be made to fall apparently lifeless if the annoyance be continued ; the head is then brought into contact with the ventral claspers, which seem to embrace it, and the body forms an imperfect ring : it crawls with activity and with the body arched. Head small, decidedly narrower than the 2nd segment, into which it can be partially withdrawn : it is highly glabrous, and, when the larva is crawling, is porrected almost on the same plane as the body ; it emits a considerable...
Page 227 - The specimens may be collected in two ways, according to size and the convenience of the collector. The first and best way, for small species, is by putting them into a bottle containing about half an inch of dry pine-sawdust, in which has been previously placed a small piece of cyanide of potassium about as big as a pea : they will then die instantly. Larger species, and small species which do not fly readily, may be put into spirits in the ordinary way, but the Staphylinidae and others generally...
Page 22 - ... placed on whitish wadding in a box from which light was excluded, and it is of a light colour, although possessing all the specific markings, but from this solitary example no conclusion can be drawn. Mr. AG Butler has informed me that he also has made some experiments with chrysalides of Pieris Ilapae, and has procured a reddish tinge by means of a red surface, besides other colours.
Page 218 - To prevent this the stopper, whether of cork or glass, together with the neck of the bottle or jar, may be covered with a solution of paraffine or wax in turpentine or benzole, which should be applied only when the surfaces are quite dry and clean. The length of time that any specimen should remain in each of the solutions is usually indicated by their sinking to the bottom when saturated by it. In general the more gradually this saturation with the saline matter takes place the less the tissues...

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