The Larvae of the British Butterflies and Moths (Volume 7)

9780217391702: The Larvae of the British Butterflies and Moths (Volume 7)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...towards the twelfth segment; the dorsal markings down the back but thin and slight imitations of those described above, and none of them clouded or merged together; the anterior pairs of tubercular dots black, and the hinder pairs white, finely ringed with black. The pupa is five-sixteenths of an inch in length, rather stout in proportion, broad at the thorax, the abdomen tapering rather suddenly to a point which terminates in six minute bristles, curved at their extremities; its colour ochreous-brown, broadly marked with black on the thorax and back of the abdomen, the wing-covers being delicately striated with dark brown. (William Buckler, December, 1872; E.M.M., March, 1873, IX, 246.) In July, 1875, I received from Mr. Alfred E. Hudd, of Clifton, near Bristol, the eggs of Acidalia incanaria. They were globular, and pale straw-colour. On the 29th of the same month they hatched. The newly emerged larvae were slender, with the body dark green and the head brown. They fed on Polygonum aviculare until autumn, when they hybernated; still feeding a little, however, on withered dandelion leaves on mild days all winter. The dandelion leaves had been supplied when the knotgrass failed, and was subsequently their food until their full growth. They were spinning up from the middle till towards the end of April. Length about'three-quarters of an inch, and of average bulk in proportion. The head has the face flattened, and is notched on the crown. Body tolerably cylindrical, tapering from the ninth segment to the head, which is very small. The segments overlap each other, making the divisions distinct; but there is not the marked difference between the width of the posterior and anterior of each segment which is characteristic of so many of the...

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