National Geographic : 1929 Jul
EXPLORING THE WONDERS OF THE INSECT WORLD eight days at least 150 wooers came to pay court to the moth vir gin. Whence came they? Extraordinarily rare in Fabre's region, he thought that some of them must have traveled at least a mile and a half. Surrounded with naphthalene, the young virgin's call still went forth and the lovers still came hence; but shut up in an air-tight jar, not a single visitor arrived to pay court. When the antennae of a visitor were cut off, an operation through which he evinced no pain, he became power less to locate his affin ity, though she was only a few feet away. So it was with the banded-monk, a day flyer. A chance cocoon fell into the entomolo gist's hands. The oaks, where the banded monks made their home, were miles away. Three years of diligent searching upon his own part and With its large pincerlike mandible that of his family had pincelik e memib nified. The member failed to reveal a sin- of other insects (se gle member of this species in any of its stages from egg to adult. But as soon as the newly hatched insect had reached the mating age swarms of banded-monk wooers came from some where out of the distance to pay court to her. This time the naturalist exhausted the whole list of powerful scents and stenches in an effort to overpower her "call." With what he called the concentrated odors of a gas works, a smoker's divan, a scent shop, an oil well, and a chemical factory, he still was unable to conquer the emana tion that called the swains from over the hills. Photograph by Lynwood M. Chace OKING A HORNET IN THE EYE kidney-shaped eyes, its jointed antennae, and its s, a hornet presents a fearsome aspect when mag ers of this family feed their young chewed-up bits ee text, page 52). We admire the amazing delicacy of the bird dog's nose. Going at a gallop, on his zigzag way across a field, he recog nizes the scent of the quail from that of any of the thousand and one other odors issuing from grass and flower and shrub, from insect and bird and beast. Not only so; he discriminates between several kinds of quail scents, whether they be of the body, foot, or nest; whether fresh or old, or from birds approaching, standing still, or fleeing. But even the setter's nose is a dull or gan of perception beside the antenna of moths, beetles, bees, and butterflies.