The Naturalist's Library, Volume 3

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William Jardine
W.H. Lizars, 1835 - Entomology

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Page 49 - Child of the sun ! pursue thy rapturous flight, Mingling with her thou lov'st in fields of light. And where the flowers of paradise unfold, Quaff fragrant nectar from their cups of gold : There shall thy wings, rich as an evening sky, Expand and shut with silent ecstasy. Yet, wert thou once a worm, — a thing that crept On the bare earth, then wrought a tomb, and slept. And such is man ! soon from his cell of clay To burst, a seraph, in the blaze of day.
Page 92 - Lo.! the bright train their radiant wings unfold, With silver fringed, and freckled o'er with gold. On the gay bosom of some fragrant flower, They, idly fluttering, live their little hour ; Their life all pleasure, and their task all play, All spring their age, and sunshine all their day.
Page 102 - And sport and flutter in the fields of air," is the sulphur butterfly (gonepteryx rhamni), which in the bright sunny mornings of March we so often see under the warm hedge, or by the side of some sheltered copse, undulating, and vibrating like the petal of a primrose in the breeze. The blossoms of many of our plants afford for the decoration of the fair a vast variety of...
Page 197 - Amid the tribes of insects so particularly influenced by seasons, there are a few, which appear little affected by common events; the brown meadow butterfly (papilio janira), so well known to every one, I have never missed in any year; and in those damp and cheerless summers, when even the white cabbage butterfly is scarcely to be found, this creature may be seen in every transient gleam, drying its wings, and tripping from flower to flower with animation and life, nearly the sole possessor of the...
Page 79 - ... are sure to fasten themselves upon the silk the moment the tail is thrust amongst it. Our pupa has now nearly completed its labours ; it has withdrawn its tail from the slough, climbed up it, and suspended itself to the silken hillock — manoeuvres so delicate and perilous, that we cannot but admire that an insect which executes them but once in its life, should execute them so well : nor could it, as Reaumur has well and piously observed, had it not been instructed by a GREAT MASTER.
Page 179 - In the month of July he makes his appearance in the winged state, and invariably fixes his throne upon the summit of a lofty oak, from the utmost sprigs of which, on sunny days, he performs his aerial excursions...
Page 44 - ... original founders. Accordingly, on the 12th January 1808, Professor Jameson, Doctors Wright, Macknight, Barclay, and Thomson, Colonel Fullerton, Messrs Anderson, Neill, and Walker ^now Sir Patrick Walker), held their first meeting, and "resolved to associate themselves into a society for the purpose of promoting the study of natural history ; and in honour of the illustrious Werner of Freyberg, to assume the name of the Wernerian Natural History Society.
Page 32 - ... of the conscription have been different, and the difference is conformable to a uniform law in the different districts. Geographical mineralogy, then, assumes a high importance, when we connect it in this manner with what Werner called Economical Mineralogy, or the history of minerals as applied to the wants of man. The comprehensive mind of this great Professor seized with equal facility all these relations, and his auditors listened, with an ever new delight, to the exposition of such of them...
Page 10 - Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh : With a PORTRAIT ; and a MEMOIR of the Author, by the Rev. DAVID WELSH, Professor of Church History in the University of Edinburgh. EIGHTH EDITION. "An inestimable book.

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