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British Butterflies

Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species

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Published: 1860
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,463 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.6
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 931
Added to site: 2010.10.11
mnybks.net#: 29237
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nature, Non-fiction

With an account of butterfly development, structure, habits, localities, mode of capture, and preservation.

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This change of dress ("moulting," it is sometimes called) is repeated thrice at least in the creature's life, but more generally five or six times. Not only does the outer husk come off at these times, but, wonderful to relate! the lining membrane of all the digestive passages, and of the larger breathing tubes, is cast off and renewed also.

After each moult, the caterpillar makes up for his loss of time by eating more voraciously even than before, in many instances breaking his fast by making a meal of his "old clo'"--an odd taste, first evinced, as we have seen, in earliest infancy, when he swallowed his cradle.

On Plate I. are shown the chief varieties of form taken by the caterpillars of our British butterflies, and a glance at these will give, better than verbal descriptions, a general idea of their characteristics.

Their most usual shape is elongated and almost cylindrical, or slightly tapering at one or both ends. Of these, some are smooth, or o

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