British Entomology; Being Illustrations and Descriptions of the Genera of Insects Found in Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 8
Excerpt from British Entomology; Being Illustrations and Descriptions of the Genera of Insects Found in Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 8: Containing Coloured Figures From Nature of the Most Rare and Beautiful Species, and in Many Instances of the Plants Upon Which They Are Found; Diptera; Omaloptera Probably there is no region free from Mosquitos, under which appellation are comprised various species of the genus Culex -the genuine Gnats of this country: even in the Arctic re gions, Capt. James Ross and his companions were compelledto wear gauze over their faces during the summer months, to protect them in their fishing excursions from the venomous attacks of these tormenting Insects; in the collection, also, made by Capt. P. P. King in his survey of the Straits of Magellan I find specimens of a Mosquito, and others I have received from New Holland. I have long entertained an opinion that, like the Tabanidae, it is the females only that bite, and this Opinion is almost confirmed by a careful dissection of the tro phi, since I could not discover either a tongue or mandibles in the males; it may therefore become a question, what does this sex live upon? I rather suspect on owers, and it is re markable that in out-houses and places where these insects abound, the sexes are not often found together; I remember in the month of June to have seen the males of C. Annulatus repeatedly, without observing one female, and last May I met with the males of C. Nemorosas ying in a large swarm in the afternoon in Coomb-wood, in a dark shady hollow, and not one female was amongst them; but on sitting down a few came out of the grass and lit upon my hand. I do not remember ever to have been bitten by C. Pipiens in Sept.; although I have seen great numbers of the females in my sleeping-room at that period of the year, but in July I have suffered very much from the bites of this and other species, and on the shores Of the Mediterranean their piping note was the most terrific noise that could have assailed my ears at night, for to sleep it was impossible, until they were either satiated or destroyed. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."