Animal Biography, Or, Authentic Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy, of the Animal Creation, Arranged According to the System of Linnaeus Vol

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 Excerpt: ...Caterpillars are in general extremely voracious, some of them eating more than double their own weight in a day, without suffering any inconvenience from it; for the digestive powers of all animals are proportioned not so much to their size as to the duration of their lives. This is the third of the Linnean ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 Excerpt: ...Caterpillars are in general extremely voracious, some of them eating more than double their own weight in a day, without suffering any inconvenience from it; for the digestive powers of all animals are proportioned not so much to their size as to the duration of their lives. This is the third of the Linnean orders of insects. They often change their skin without materially altering their shape, till at last they put on one very different from all the rest.. In this state they have the name of Aurelia or Chrysalis; and in it all the parts of their future form are visible, but so very soft and delicate, that the least touch discomposes them. Though dormant and entirely helpless,all their members are now completely formed, and they only wait the acquisition of a shell to defend them from external injuries, and suffer them to commence their flight. The production and manners of these, in this state, imperfect animals afford much matter both for amusement and instruction. We cannot therefore dismiss the subject, without descending a little into the history of the manners of some of the species. About the middle of summer a butterfly deposits from three to four hundred eggs on the leaf of a tree, from each of which, in a few days, a young caterpillar proceeds. The eggs are no sooner hatched, than the young begin to form a common habitation.. They. spin silken threads, which they attach to one edge of the leaf, and extend to the other. By this operation, they make the two edges of the leaf approach each other, and form a cavity resembling a hammock. In a short time the concave leaf is completely rooted with a covering of silk. Under this tent the animals live together in mutual friendship and harmony. When not disposed to eat or to spiq, they retire into their ten...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150540806
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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