As Nature Shows Them Volume 1 Moths and Butterflies of the United States, East of the Rocky Mountains : With Over 400 Photographic Illustrations in the Text and Many Transfers of Species from Life

Sherman Foote Denton

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 Excerpt: ... conclude that the species was extinct or had migrated to other parts. This, in my opinion, is the explanation of the sudden disappearance of many an insect pest which may have at one time threatened the destruction of the plants upon which it subsisted. The forest tent caterpillar, Clisiocampa disntria, resembles the preceding species both in its habits and in the general appearance of the caterpillar and moth. The larva is more bluish than the common tent caterpillar, has a row of spots along the back instead of lines, is greenish on the sides and has a blue head. It lives in large colonies of three or four hundred individuals on oaks and walnuts, and makes a large tent beneath which it remains except when feeding. This insect I have seen very abundant in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire, where it not only devoured the leaves of the oak and walnut, but also apple, cherry, and when hard pressed even birch, alder and elm. The insects were nearly full grown by the middle of June. The moth is about the same size as the preceding, but is of a more reddish-tan color, and the fore wings are crossed by a broad band of a darker shade. It is an inhabitant of all the New England and Middle States. The lappet moth, Tolype velleda, is a pretty and interesting species. The larva is very much flattened beneath, and along its sides are a number of flat projections or lappets from which spring numerous hairs making a fringe around the body. When the insect is not feeding it hugs closely to the bark of the tree, the hairs on it sides lie flat against its support and as its colors are dull greenish-gray, it looks like nothing on earth so much as a swelling on the bark. One may even gaze directly upon it without realizing that it is anything alive. The larva is or...