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Identifier: insectarchitect00renn
Title: Insect architecture : to which are added, miscellanies, on the ravages, the preservation for purposes of study, and the classification, of insects
Year: 1845 (1840s)
Authors: Rennie, James, 1787-1867 Metcalf Collection (North Carolina State University). NCRS
Subjects: Entomology Insects
Publisher: London : C. Knight
Contributing Library: NCSU Libraries
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s in a gully ; theywere in sutficicnt numbers to alter apparently the colourof the rock on which they had alighted, and to make asort of crackling noise while eating, which we heard be-fore we reached them. Volney compares it to the fo-raging of an army. Our conductors told us they wereon their way to Gaza, and that they pass almostannually.* Even our own island has been alarmed by the appear-ance of locusts, a considerable number having visited usin 1748 ; but they happily perished without propagating.Other parts of Europe have not been so fortunate. In1650 a cloud of locusts were seen to enter Russia in threedifferent places; and they afterwards spread themselvesover Poland and Lithuania in such astonishing multitudes,that the air was darkened, and the earth covered withtheir numbers. In some places they were seen lying-dead, heaped upon each other to the depth of four feet;in others they covered the surface of the ground like ablack cloth : the trees bent with their weight, and the

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Locust. * Irby and Mangles Travels in Egypt and Syriaj p. 113. MAGGOTS. 201 ihimage the country sustained exceeded computation.*They iiave frequently come also from Africa into Italyand Spain. In the year 591 an infinite army of locusts,of a size unusually large, ravaged a considerable part ofItaly, and being at last cast into the sea (as seems forthe most part to be their fate), a pestilence, it is alleged,arose from their stench, which carried off nearly a mil-lion of men and beasts. In the Venetian territory, like-wise, in 1478, more than 30,000 persons are said to haveperished in a famine chiefly occasioned by the depre-dations of locusts.t Maggots. Adhering to the distinction of terming those larva?which are destitute of feet, maggots, we shall notice herea very destructive one, which is sometimes popularl}cjdled the grub, and sometimes confounded with the wire-worm.|l* We allude to the larvae of one or two commonspecies of crane-flies {Tipulidce), well known by theprovincial nam

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Date: 2014-07-28 04:34:45
bookid:insectarchitect00renn bookyear:1845 bookdecade:1840 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Rennie__James__1787_1867 bookauthor:Metcalf_Collection__North_Carolina_State_University___NCRS booksubject:Entomology booksubject:Insects bookpublisher:London___C__Knight bookcontributor:NCSU_Libraries booksponsor:NCSU_Libraries bookleafnumber:443 bookcollection:americana BHL Collection

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