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Little Busybodies The Life of Crickets, Ants, Bees, Beetles, and Other Busybodies   By: (1875-1964)

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LITTLE BUSYBODIES

The Life of Crickets, Ants, Bees Beetles, and Other Busybodies

by

JEANNETTE MARKS and JULIA MOODY of Mount Holyoke College

Illustrated

[Illustration: 1. Cicada Killer 2. May fly 3. Lacewing fly 4. Dragon fly 5. Aphis 6. June Beetle 7. Cicada 8. Lady Beetle 9. Mole Cricket E. L. Beutenmuller]

Harper & Brothers Publishers New York and London MCMIX

STORY TOLD SCIENCE For Children from Eight to Fourteen Years of Age

Other Books for the Series:

CRUSTY COUSINS: Crabs, Spiders, etc.

SHELL DWELLERS AND URCHINS: Clams, Oysters, Snails, Starfish, Sea Urchins

HATCHING WATER BABIES: Fish and Frogs

BIRD WITS

LITTLE MAMMALS

FLOWERS

A series intended to cover simple types of plant and animal life, arranged in logical order

Harper & Brothers, Publishers, N. Y. Copyright, 1909, by Harper & Brothers. All rights reserved. Published April, 1909.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

A WORD TO THE CHILDREN AND THE WISE v

I. THE JOURNEY 1 II. RANGELEY VILLAGE 11 III. THE LITTLE ARMY (Locusts and Grasshoppers) 21 IV. FIDDLERS (Crickets) 34 V. HOW KATY DID (Katydids) 43 VI. FISHING (Dragon flies) 50 VII. THE SWIMMING POOL (The May fly) 61 VIII. THE RAINY DAY (Leaf and Tree Hoppers) 68 IX. THE PRIZE (Lace Wing, Ant Lion, and Caddis Worm) 77 X. A NAGGING FAMILY (Flies and Mosquitoes) 90 XI. CAMPING OUT (Butterflies and Moths) 103 XII. CAMP IN THE CLOUDS (Butterflies and Moths, continued) 114 XIII. STORM BOUND (Beetles) 122 XIV. A DAY'S HUNTING (Bees) 136 XV. LEAVING CAMP (Wasps) 153 XVI. EYES AND NO EYES (Ants) 167

NOTE. We do not think it practicable to give classifications except as they exist unnamed in the above titles: (1) straight winged: locusts, grasshoppers, crickets, katydids; (2) tooth shaped: dragon flies; (3) ephemerals: may flies; (4) half winged: leaf and tree hoppers; (5) nerve winged: lace wings, ant lions, and caddis worms; (6) two winged: flies and mosquitoes; (7) scaly winged: butterflies and moths; (8) sheath winged: beetles; (9) membranous winged: bees, wasps, and ants.

A WORD TO THE CHILDREN AND THE WISE

We hope that the children who read this book will like the boys and girls who are in it. They are real, and the good times they have are real, as any boy or girl who has lived out of doors will know. And the stories are true. Peter is not always good. But do you expect a child always to be good? We do not. Sometimes, too, the frolics turn in to a scramble to catch a dragon fly that will not be caught, and there are accidents. Also, Betty and Jack work hard to win a prize which the guide gives to the child who learns most about ants.

Of course it would be impossible for five children to go in search of locusts, grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, dragon flies, May flies, leaf hoppers, lace wings, caddis worms, butterflies, beetles, bees, wasps and so many other six legged creatures that among them they have wings and legs enough to fill a new Pandora's box without having a good deal happen. And a good deal does happen. It is all true enough, and every word about the six legged busybodies is true as true. The other books, too, that come after this in our Story Told Science Series will be every word true.

And we who wrote this book? Well, we, too, have been children. We used to climb trees and turn somersaults; why But that is another story! And we remember so well what it used to be like to have to learn dull things we did not wish to know... Continue reading book >>




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