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the appearance of a dead claw. But, though at the end of a month or five weeks this claw has acquired the length of more than half an inch, it is still incapable of action. The membrane in which it is enclosed, becoming gradually thinner in proportion as it extends, gives an opportunity of observing the parts of the claw, and we now perceive that this conical substance is not a simple congeries of flesh. The moment is now arrived when the claw begins to be brought forth. The membrane bursts, and the new claw, though still soft, appears without incumbrance or investment. In a few days more it is covered with a shell; and, though still delicate, and not the half its former length, the animal is able to perform with it all the natural functions. A similar reproduction takes place also in the horns; but, if the tail be cut off, the animal survives only a few days.

Craw-fish are found in many of our rivers, lodged in holes which they form in the clayey banks; and their presence is generally esteemed an evidence of the goodness of the water. They are frequently caught by sticks split at the end, with a bait inserted in the cleft, and stuck in the mud at the distance of a few feet from each other. These sticks, after remaining some time, are taken up, and generally with an animal adhering to each. They are gently drawn out of the mud, and a basket is put under them to receive the animals, which always drop off when brought to the surface of the water.

OF THE SCOLOPENDRÆ, OR CENTIPEDES,

IN GENERAL Centipedes live chiefly on insects, and inhabit decayed wood, or hollows under stones. Those that frequent hot climates are large, and many of them are very ve

nomous.

All the species have tapering antennæ, and two thread-shaped feelers united between the jaws. The

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the appearance of a dead claw. B of a month or five weeks this cl length of more than half an inch, action. The membrane in which i ing gradually thinner in proportio an opportunity of observing the pa we now perceive that this conica simple congeries of flesh. The mo when the claw begins to be brought brane bursts, and the new claw, pears without incumbrance or inv days more it is covered with a shel delicate, and not the half its forme is able to perform with it all the na similar reproduction takes place also if the tail be cut off, the animal days.

Craw-fish are found in many of in holes which they form in the claye presence is generally esteemed an ev ness of the water. They are fre sticks split at the end, with a bait ii and stuck in the mud at the distance each other. These sticks, after ren are taken up, and generally with an each. They are gently drawn out of basket is put under them to receive always drop off when brought to tl1

water.

OF THE SCOLOPENDRÆ, OR

IN GENERAL. Centipedes live Chiefly on insects, ed wood, or hollows under stones. I hot climates are large, and many of

nomous.

All the species have tapering a thread-shaped feelers united betwee

ad consists of numerous transwhich is furnished with a pair

CENTIPEDE

the Scorpions excepted, are ace as the Centipede. It is st Indies, and in various parts efly the woods, where it is ent species of snakes. It is, in houses, and is said to be districts, that the inhabitants et of their beds placed in ves

prevent their being annoyed horrible reptiles.

the legs of this animal are formidable weapons are the ruments, that are placed under it destroys its prey. At the ese there is a small opening, posed the Centipede emits the ound inflicted by the fangs. s of ascertaining some facts itted by the Centipede, placed ach of one of these animals. pair of the middle feet, then to the next, till it was brought were plunged into its body,

Great Centipedes vary much both f them are of deep reddish brown, colour, livid yellow, or tinged with es seen more than a foot in length. ry sharp hooks, or nails, of a shining

ra morsitans. Linn.-Great Scolo. -Centipee, in the West Indies.

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1.2.Cockcha fer & Grub. 3.Burying Beetle. 4.Orator Mantis. 5, Paradoxical Bug:

7. Wasp. 8. Horse Ant. 9.10.11.Queen Bee, Male Bee. Neuter Bee. 12. Scorpion

London Publishind by Longman & The 1820.

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