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The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles   By: (1823-1915)

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THE GLOW WORM AND OTHER BEETLES

BOOKS BY J. HENRI FABRE

THE LIFE OF THE SPIDER THE LIFE OF THE FLY THE MASON BEES BRAMBLE BEES AND OTHERS THE HUNTING WASPS THE LIFE OF THE CATERPILLAR THE LIFE OF THE GRASSHOPPER THE SACRED BEETLE AND OTHERS THE MASON WASPS THE GLOW WORM AND OTHER BEETLES

THE GLOW WORM AND OTHER BEETLES

BY

J. HENRI FABRE

TRANSLATED BY ALEXANDER TEIXEIRA DE MATTOS FELLOW OF THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1924

COPYRIGHT, 1919 BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, INC.

CONTENTS

PAGE I THE GLOW WORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

II THE SITARES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

III THE PRIMARY LARVA OF THE SITARES . . . . . . . 46

IV THE PRIMARY LARVA OF THE OIL BEETLES . . . . . 84

V HYPERMETAMORPHOSIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

VI CEROCOMÆ, MYLABRES AND ZONITES . . . . . . . . 144

VII THE CAPRICORN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

VIII THE PROBLEM OF THE SIREX . . . . . . . . . . . 207

IX THE DUNG BEETLES OF THE PAMPAS . . . . . . . . 235

X INSECT COLOURING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273

XI THE BURYING BEETLES: THE BURIAL . . . . . . . . 294

XII THE BURYING BEETLES: EXPERIMENTS . . . . . . . 319

XIII THE GIANT SCARITES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352

XIV THE SIMULATION OF DEATH . . . . . . . . . . . . 370

XV SUICIDE OR HYPNOSIS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390

XVI THE CRIOCERES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411

XVII THE CRIOCERES ( continued ) . . . . . . . . . . 428

XVIII THE CLYTHRÆ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446

XIX THE CLYTHRÆ: THE EGG . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463

TRANSLATOR'S NOTE

This is the second volume on Beetles in the complete English edition of Henri Fabre's entomological works. The first is entitled The Sacred Beetle and Others ; the second and the third will be known as The Life of the Weevil and More Beetles respectively.

The Glow worm , which gives its name to the present book, did not form part of the Souvenirs entomologiques as originally published. It is one of two essays written specially, at my request, for translation into English, towards the close of Henri Fabre's life; in fact, this and The Ant lion , a short essay for children, were the last works that came from the veteran author's pen. The Glow worm appeared first in the Century Magazine . Of the remaining chapters, several have appeared in various periodicals, notably the English Review and in Land and Water , the editor and proprietors of which admirable weekly have shown the most enlightened interest in Fabre's work.

A part of the chapter entitled The Dung beetles of the Pampas figures in Messrs. Adam & Charles Black's volume, The Life and Love of the Insect (New York: the Macmillan Co.), translated by myself; and the chapters on the Capricorn and Burying beetles will be found in Mr. T. Fisher Unwin's volume, The Wonders of Instinct (New York: the Century Co.), translated by myself and Mr. Bernard Miall, which also contains The Glow worm . These chapters are included in the present edition by consent of and arrangement with the publishers named.

Lastly, Mr. Bernard Miall has earned my gratitude by the valuable assistance which he has given me in preparing the translation of the greater part of this volume.

ALEXANDER TEIXEIRA DE MATTOS.

CHELSEA, 5 September , 1919.

CHAPTER I THE GLOW WORM

Few insects in our climes vie in popular fame with the Glow worm, that curious little animal which, to celebrate the little joys of life, kindles a beacon at its tail end. Who does not know it, at least by name? Who has not seen it roam amid the grass, like a spark fallen from the moon at its full? The Greeks of old called it [Greek: lampouris], meaning, the bright tailed. Science employs the same term: it calls the lantern bearer, Lampyris noctiluca , LIN. In this case, the common name is inferior to the scientific phrase, which, when translated, becomes both expressive and accurate... Continue reading book >>




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