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This is more than a book about bees and their lives; the author talks about his cats, red ants, and insect psychology in general. Jean Henri Fabre also made waves in his native 19th Century France by insisting that girls be included in his science classes, so I dedicate this recording to certain young women who risk their lives or even the less important attentions of boys simply to learn.

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By J. Henri Fabre

Translated By Alexander Teixeira De Mattos


This volume contains all the essays on the Chalicodomae, or Mason bees proper, which so greatly enhance the interest of the early volumes of the "Souvenirs entomologiques." I have also included an essay on the author's Cats and one on Red Ants the only study of Ants comprised in the "Souvenirs" both of which bear upon the sense of direction possessed by the Bees. Those treating of the Osmiae, who are also Mason Bees, although not usually known by that name, will be found in a separate volume, which I have called "Bramble bees and Others" and in which I have collected all that Fabre has written on such other Wild Bees as the Megachiles, or Leaf cutters, the Cotton bees, the Resin bees and the Halicti.

The essays entitled "The Mason bees, Experiments" and "Exchanging the Nests" form the last three chapters of "Insect Life", translated by the author of "Mademoiselle Mori" and published by Messrs. Macmillan, who, with the greatest courtesy and kindness have given me their permission to include a new translation of these chapters in the present volume... Continue reading book >>

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