Sitting down on a block of granite, it was delightful to watch the various insects and birds as they flew past.
We here see in two distant countries a similar relation between plants and insects of the same families, though the species of both are different.
'What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where YOU come from?' the Gnat inquired.
'I don't REJOICE in insects at all,' Alice explained, 'because I'm rather afraid of them--at least the large kinds.
"'Behold!' cried the Professor, in a loud voice, 'this highly-magnified Woggle-Bug; one of the most curious insects in existence!'
"I didn't know before," said Tip, looking at the Woggle-Bug with a puzzled expression, "that insects wore clothes."
Seedlings, also, are destroyed in vast numbers by various enemies; for instance, on a piece of ground three feet long and two wide, dug and cleared, and where there could be no choking from other plants, I marked all the seedlings of our native weeds as they came up, and out of the 357 no less than 295 were destroyed, chiefly by slugs and insects
. If turf which has long been mown, and the case would be the same with turf closely browsed by quadrupeds, be let to grow, the more vigorous plants gradually kill the less vigorous, though fully grown, plants: thus out of twenty species growing on a little plot of turf (three feet by four) nine species perished from the other species being allowed to grow up freely.
Some tramp's been in, that's all; and as for the no footmarks, and the bricks and the sand being all right--why, your eyes are pretty much like a insect
's, Master Marner; they're obliged to look so close, you can't see much at a time.
"Sometimes the inhabitants have had the idea to burn the forests, and even the standing crops, in order to arrest the progress of these insects
; but the first ranks plunging into the flames would extinguish them beneath their mass, and the rest of the swarm would then pass irresistibly onward.
The occasion was this: the kingdom is much pestered with flies in summer; and these odious insects
, each of them as big as a Dunstable lark, hardly gave me any rest while I sat at dinner, with their continual humming and buzzing about mine ears.
Ma foi, I should wish to keep my illusions concerning insects
unimpaired; it is quite enough to have those dissipated which I had formed of my fellow-creatures.
I offered my pockets, but Tony shook her head and carefully put the green insect
in her hair, tying her big handkerchief down loosely over her curls.