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An Elementary Study of Insects   By: (1884-1969)

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[Illustration: The Toad may be rough and warty in appearance but worth its weight in gold as a destroyer of insect pests. Note the expression of satisfaction after a successful night of foraging for cutworms and June beetles.]




Professor of Entomology in the University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri MISSOURI BOOK COMPANY 1923



CHAPTER I INSECTS: (1) What they are. (2) Their principal characteristics. (3) Their methods of developing. (4) The principal orders. (5) Their habits. (6) Their role in agriculture.

CHAPTER II COLLECTING INSECTS: (1) Directions for collecting. (2) Pinning and preserving a collection. (3) Rearing and observing them while alive.

CHAPTER III THE GRASSHOPPER: (1) Brief discussion of the grasshopper. (2) Field studies. (3) Breeding cage observations. (4) Study of specimen.

CHAPTER IV THE HOUSE FLY OR TYPHOID FLY: (1) Discussion of the life cycle of the fly, its habits, danger from it and how it can be stamped out. (2) Study of the fly and its work.

CHAPTER V THE MOSQUITO: (1) Brief discussion of the life habits and stages of the mosquito. (2) Observations and study.

CHAPTER VI THE CABBAGE MILLER: (1) Brief discussion of the caterpillar, the chrysalis, the butterfly, and its work. (2) Observations and study. (3) Breeding work.

CHAPTER VII THE APPLE WORM: (1) Brief discussion of the different stages of the pest, its work and remedies for its control. (2) Observations and breeding work.

CHAPTER VIII THE TOMATO OR TOBACCO WORM: (1) Brief discussion of stages, work and habits. (2) Study and observation.

CHAPTER IX THE FIREFLY: (1) Brief discussion of the insect. (2) Observations and studies.

CHAPTER X THE WHITE GRUB OR JUNE BUG: (1) Discussion of the insect as a pest and its habits and stages. (2) Observations and studies.

CHAPTER XI THE COLORADO POTATO BEETLE: (1) Brief discussion of the pest. (2) Observations and studies.

CHAPTER XII THE LADY BEETLE: (1) Brief discussion of habits and appearance of the lady beetles, and their value as friends. (2) Observations and studies.

CHAPTER XIII THE DRAGON FLY: (1) Discussion of life and habits of insect. (2) Observations and field studies.

CHAPTER XIV THE SQUASH BUG: (1) Discussion of habits, injury and control of pest. (2) Observations and field studies.

CHAPTER XV THE PLANT LOUSE: (1) Discussion of habits, injury and control of pest. (2) Observations and field studies.

CHAPTER XVI THE HONEY BEE: (1) Discussion of the honey bee as to habits in its home and outdoors, its value to man and the colony as a village. (2) Observations and studies.

CHAPTER XVII THE ANT: (1) Discussion of ant life and behavior, the colony as a unit, its work and remarkable instincts. (2) Studies and observations.


In the preparation of a book of this nature, to be used in the grade schools, we realize that the one fundamental thing to keep in mind is the economic importance of the insect, be it good or bad. The child wants to know what is good and what is bad and how he can make use of the good and how he can get rid of the bad. And yet there is something more associated with the life, work and development of each tiny insect. There is a story a story of growth, not unlike that of the developing child, a story of courage, strife and ultimate success or failure, which is as interesting and of greater value to the child than many of the stories of adventure and of historical facts... Continue reading book >>

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