Boston Journal of Natural History, Volume 1

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Hilliard, Gray, 1837 - Natural history
"Catalogue of the library": v. 1, p. [497]-512; "Additions to the library": v. 3, p. [513]-522; "Constitution and by-laws": v. 6, 13 p

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Page 124 - This circumstance has suggested the possibility of the insects being made subservient to the nourishment of the plant, through an apparatus of absorbent vessels in the leaves. But as I have not examined sufficiently to pronounce on the universality of this result, it will require further observation and experiment on the spot, to ascertain its nature and importance. It is not to be...
Page 123 - Each side of the leaf is a little concave on the inner side, where are placed three delicate, hairlike organs, in such an order, that an insect can hardly traverse it without interfering with one of them, when the two sides suddenly collapse and inclose the prey with a force surpassing an insect's efforts to escape. The fringe or hairs of the opposite sides of the leaf interlace, like the fingers of the two hands clasped together.
Page 469 - They vary from yellowish-green through horn color to chestnut, most of them being simply horn-colored. This is perhaps owing to the fact that our species do not infest our gardens and open fields, but are generally confined to forests, sheltered under logs and stones, and are rarely seen abroad except during twilight or on damp and dark days ; indeed, they almost entirely disappear as the forests are cut down, and seem to flee the approach of man.
Page 502 - Plantes équinoxiales, recueillies au Mexique, dans l'Ile de Cuba, dans les provinces de Caracas, de Cumana et de Barcelone, aux Andes de la Nouvelle-Grenade, de Quito et du Pérou, et sur les bords du Rio-Negro, de l'Orénoque et de la riviére des Amazones, ouvrage rédigé par A.
Page 124 - ... other part without sensible effects. The little prisoner is not crushed and suddenly destroyed, as is sometimes supposed, for I have often liberated captive flies and spiders, which sped away as fast as fear or joy could hasten them. At other times I have found them enveloped in a fluid of mucilaginous consistence, which seems to act as a solvent, the insects being more or less consumed in it.
Page 487 - Binney had frequently an opportunity of noticing the manner in which the epiphragm is formed, a process which seems not to have been heretofore correctly described. The aperture of the shell being upwards, and the collar of the animal having been brought to a level with it, a quantity of gelatinous matter is thrown out, which covers it. The pulmonary orifice is then opened, and a portion of the air within suddenly ejected with such force as to separate the viscid matter from the collar and to project...
Page 497 - A General Natural History: or New and Accurate Descriptions of the Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals of the Different Parts of the World...
Page 124 - I have not examined sufficiently to pronounce on the universality of this result, it will require further observation and experiment on the spot to ascertain its nature and importance. It is not to be supposed, however, that such food is necessary to the existence of the plant, but like compost, may increase its growth and vigor. " But however obscure and uncertain may be the final purpose of such a singular organization, if it were a problem to construct a plant with reference to entrapping insects,...
Page 232 - C. Conquisitor. Black; tergum with the posterior margins of the segments white; feet honey-yellow: posterior tibiae and tarsi with black joints. "Inhabits Indiana. "Body black, punctured; palpi white; thorax, punctures minute; a longitudinal white line before the wings; metathorax not distinctly punctured on the disk; wings very slightly tinged with dusky; nervures blackish; stigma rather large, with its base and tip whitish; second cubital cellule oblique; tergum densely punctured on every part;...
Page 470 - The natural food of the genus is vegetable ; and the formation of the mouth and the organs with which it is armed seems to be peculiarly well adapted for cutting fruits and the succulent leaves of plants. The dental edge of the upper jaw...

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