The Natural History of Insects, Volume 1

J. Murray, 1829 - 352 pagina's
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Pagina 244 - ... the bands that held it fast, and contributed all that lay in its power to disengage so formidable an antagonist. When the •wasp was at liberty, I expected the spider would have set about repairing the breaches that were made in its net ; but those, it seems, were irreparable, wherefore the cobweb was now entirely forsaken, and .a new one begun, which was completed in the usual time.
Pagina 243 - ... the labors of the little animal, I had the good fortune then to prevent its destruction, and I may say it more than paid me by the entertainment it afforded. In three days the web was, with incredible diligence, completed ; nor could I avoid thinking that the insect seemed to exult in its new abode.
Pagina 236 - His choice bits with; then in a trice They make a feast less great than nice. But all this while his eye is served, We must not think his ear was sterved; But that there was in place to stir His spleen, the chirring grasshopper, The merry cricket, puling fly, The piping gnat for minstrelsy.
Pagina 244 - Now then, in peaceable possession of what was justly its own, it waited three days with the utmost impatience, repairing the breaches of its web, and taking no sustenance that I could perceive. At last, however, a large blue fly fell into the snare, and struggled hard to get loose. The spider gave it leave to entangle itself as much as possible, but it seemed to be too strong for the cobweb. I...
Pagina 244 - ... to have the victory, and the laborious spider was obliged to take refuge in its hole. Upon this I perceived the victor using every art to draw the enemy from his stronghold.
Pagina 191 - RioUnare, the wretched inhabitants are accustomed to stretch themselves on the ground, and pass the night buried in the sand three or four inches deep, exposing only the head, which they cover with a handkerchief.
Pagina 117 - ... some ants carry corn, and some carry their young, and some go empty, and all to and fro a little heap of dust. It taketh away or...
Pagina 237 - Of emmets' eggs. What would he more? But beards of mice, a newt's stewed thigh, A bloated earwig, and a fly, With the red-capped worm that's shut Within the concave of a nut, Brown as his tooth. A little moth, Late fattened in a piece of cloth: With withered cherries; mandrake's ears; Moles...
Pagina 244 - I once put a wasp into the net ; but when the spider came out in order to seize it as usual, upon perceiving what kind of an enemy it had to deal with, it instantly broke all the bands that held it fast, and contributed all' that lay in its power to disengage so formidable an antagonist.
Pagina 245 - The insect I am now describing lived three years; every year it changed its skin, and got a new set of legs. I have sometimes plucked off a leg, which grew again in two or three days. At first, it dreaded my approach to its web, but at last it became so familiar as to take a fly out of my hand, and upon my touching any part of the web, would immediately leave its hole, prepared either for a defence or an attack.

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