. The book of bugs. . 30 The Book of Hugs. ous demonstration," that, however much it may look like M. domestica with a soft proboscis, it is by no means the same sort of fly. Third in the order of abundance is the cluster-fly. It is somewh?4- larger than the domestic fly, and has a dark, smooth abdomen. Never so active as the others, in the fall it is very slug- gish, and gets stuck fast in its own glue, perishing in a white efflorescence of Empnsa, and decorating the win- dows in a cheerful manner. Next in Fig.5.cystoneura numbers comes another stable-fly, stabnians, stable-fly, whose pe

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. The book of bugs. . 30 The Book of Hugs. ous demonstration," that, however much it may look like M. domestica with a soft proboscis, it is by no means the same sort of fly. Third in the order of abundance is the cluster-fly. It is somewh?4- larger than the domestic fly, and has a dark, smooth abdomen. Never so active as the others, in the fall it is very slug- gish, and gets stuck fast in its own glue, perishing in a white efflorescence of Empnsa, and decorating the win- dows in a cheerful manner. Next in Fig.5.cystoneura numbers comes another stable-fly, stabnians, stable-fly, whose pe
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. The book of bugs. . 30 The Book of Hugs. ous demonstration," that, however much it may look like M. domestica with a soft proboscis, it is by no means the same sort of fly. Third in the order of abundance is the cluster-fly. It is somewh?4- larger than the domestic fly, and has a dark, smooth abdomen. Never so active as the others, in the fall it is very slug- gish, and gets stuck fast in its own glue, perishing in a white efflorescence of Empnsa, and decorating the win- dows in a cheerful manner. Next in Fig.5.cystoneura numbers comes another stable-fly, stabnians, stable-fly, whose personal friends and acquaint- ances are few, and then the so-called blue-bottle or blow-fly, whose sense of smell is so acute as to lead it unerringly to where the cold meat has been put away. This dear little creature in blue satin brings forth its young alive and imbued with strong prej- udices against vegetarian principles. It is of record that toads have made hearty meals on blue-bottles only to perish miserably, the children avenging the death of their parent without waiting for the slayer to die. I can imagine the last words of Mamma Blue-bottle as the toad's tongue nailed her: " I die happy. I am avenged, and my children are provided for." How she must chuckle at the joke! There are the green-bottles, comparatively scarce, and last in the list a paler creature, more pointed in the body, with large, translucent spots on the abdomen, through which the light shines. They are rather smaller than the standard house-fly, but size is not a criterion of family, nor is it a guarantee of youth. When a fly arrives at the stage where it deserves its name it is as large as it ever will be. Little flies are only the last of the batch, and,. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Sutherland, Harvey