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Butterflies - The Meadow-browns Or Satyrs Continued
The Arctic Satyr Oeneis norna juttaThis is another butterfly of decided interest because of its geographical distribution. It is normally an inhabitant of the Far North, extending around the North Pole over parts of three continents. Apparently, the only place in the United States where it occurs is a bog a little north of Bangor, Maine.
Butterflies - The Heliconians
This is a tropical family with only a single species migrating northward to our Southern states. The butters flies of this group are characterized by having the wings so long and narrow that their length is usually twice as great as their width.
Milkweed Butterflies
FAMILY LymnadidaeSo far as the great majority of readers of this book are concerned, this family includes but one species the familiar Monarch or Milkweed butterfly. In the Southern states there is another the Queen and in Florida, still a third. The distinguishing characteristics are found in the dwarfed, useless front legs and the absence of scales upon the antennae.
Snout Butterflies Or Long Beaks
FAMILY LibytheidaeOne has a suggestion of Hobson's choice in the common names of this unique family. If Snout butterflies does not seem sufficiently elegant as a descriptive phrase for such delicate creatures, he can call them the Long-beaks, until he sees that this also is inadequate. As a matter of fact both are misnomers, for the projection from the head that gives them these names is neither a snout nor a beak.
Butterflies - The Metal Marks
This small family of very small butterflies contains five genera and a dozen species found in the United States and Mexico. Only two, however, occur in the eastern region and only one extends much north of the Gulf states. Aside from certain peculiarities of the wing-venation (a costal and a humeral vein on the hind wings) these Metals marks may be known by their minuteness and the bright metallic markings on the brown wings.
Butterflies - The Gossamer Wings
The daintiest and most delicate of all our butterflies are included among the Gossamer-wings. Their bodies are small and slender, their antennae ringed with white and almost threadlike, their wings thin and of exquisite beauty. Many of them are marked with the slenderest of tailed projections from the hind wings. When the face is viewed from in front it is seen to be much narrower than its height.
Butterflies - The Tribe Of The Hair-streaks
The Hair-streaks are small butterflies with the eyes notched to allow for the insertion of the bases of the antennae. The name is given on account of the fine, hair-like markings which extend across the under surface of the hind wings. In many species there is a tailed projection or two on the hind inner margin of the hind wing.
Butterflies - The Tribe Of The Coppers
The members of this tribe are well characterized by their name, for most of them show on the upper wing surface tones of coppery brown, more or less marked around the margin with darker shades. On the under side of the tarsi there are numerous spines in irregular clusters.
Butterflies - The Tribe Of The Blues
These beautiful little butterflies are well named, for the majority of them are colored in exquisite tints of blue. They are distinguished from the Coppers by this blue coloring, as well as by the fact that the spines on the under side of the tarsi are arranged in rows rather than in clusters and are comparatively few in number.
Skipper Butterflies
The true butterflies are so distinct in their structure and many of their habits from the Skippers that the most careful students of the order are pretty well agreed in making the two great superfamilies—Papilionoidea, the true butterflies, and Hesperioidea, the Skipper butterflies.
Butterflies - The Tribe Of The Larger Skippers
The butterflies of this tribe have that part of the club of the antenna, which is recurved, about as long as the thicker part below it. As a rule, the abdomen is distinctly shorter than the hind wings. The caterpillars are rather short and thick, and the upper part of the head, when looked at from in front, is square or roundish rather than tapering.
Butterflies - The Tribe Of The Smaller Skippers
In the members of this tribe the tip beyond the club of the antenna is short and the abdomen is long enough to extend as far as or farther than the hind wings. The caterpillars have long and slender bodies with the upper part of the head, when looked at from in front, tapering rather than roundish or square.
England - At The Edge Of The Land
One feels very near the old world. Such is the secret of the spell cast over all alike at the edge of the land. That nearness to the old world is largely owing to the fact that St. Ives and its vicinity have been brought into touch with the new world only within the last generation.
England - Fair Devon
FOR three distinct districts of England a similar claim is made. Kent, the Isle of Wight, and Devonshire is each in turn declared to be 'the garden of England.' To decide among these contestants might be as dangerous an undertaking as that which fell to the lot of Paris.
England - Bath And Its Baths
Bath, indeed, has passed through three clearly-defined epochs of prosperity. The first of these dates far back to the period of the Roman occupation of Britain. Ignoring as little better than idle legends such stories as are told of British precursers, it seems established beyond dispute that the earliest to lay the foundations of a considerable city in this 'warm vale' of the West were the triumphant masters of the old world.
England - John Keble's Hursley
But Hursley, which lies a few miles from the ancient city of Winchester, attained a quiet notoriety in English history nearly two centuries before it became the home of John Keble. Many centuries earlier still this peaceful parish commended itself to Henry de Blois, the brother of King Stephen, and here he built a castle of which some crumbling fragments still exist on his manor of Merdon.
England - Oatlands Park
HARDLY in all England are there fifty acres which can hope to compete in varied interest with those which comprise the famous Oatlands Park in Surrey. Here some of the most illustrious personages of the Royal House of England have had a home ; here the most notable of the ladies who have borne the title of the Duchess of York nursed the sombre thought of a blighted life.
England - Poets Corner
FROM Chaucer to Tennyson ! Between those two names, separated by five hundred years, lies the splendid story of English literature as it is summed up in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. What a shrine for the devout literary pilgrim ! Here he may stand beside the dust of that poet who ushered in the dawn of English literature.
England - Royalty In Wax
EXCEEDINGLY few of the innumerable thousands who visit Westminster Abbey every year are aware that the venerable roof of that building shelters a wholly unique collection of wax figures. No doubt the discovery that such is the case will be somewhat distressing to those who think of the structure as 'a temple marked with the hand of antiquity, solemn as religious awe.'
England - Bunhill Fields
BY common consent the two books which, next to the Bible, have been most widely read by English-speaking people are 'The Pilgrim's Progress' and 'Robinson Crusoe.' Of the first Coleridge declared that he knew no book he could so safely recommend 'as teaching and enforcing the whole saving truth'.
England - Fred Walker's Cookham
GRANTING to a given poet and a given painter the possession of equal genius, the latter will always have to wait longer than the former for widespread recognition of his merits. The reason seems capable of a simple explanation. By paper and print the poet can multiply his verses indefinitely, and the millionth printed copy is as efficacious in advertising his genius as the first.
England - By Famous Graves
IN life, the great are the companions of a few ; in death they become the possession of the many. Is not this the secret of that charm which attracts so many thousands to the resting-places of illustrious men ? There is a satisfaction in standing close by the side of those who have ministered to our imaginative life, even though it be but their dust to which we draw near.
England - Concerning Dick Turpin
HAD it not been for the idealizing pen of Harrison Ainsworth it is likely the name of Dick Turpin would have been consigned to oblivion many years ago. The rehabilitation of the novelist was accomplished in the nick of time. Executed in 1739, the fame of that notorious highwayman had been kept alive by numerous chapbooks for three generations.
England - Beaconsfield
GEORGE BANCROFT, writing to William H. Prescott from England on a summer day in 1847, entertained his fellow historian with a glowing account of a visit he had paid to that corner of Buckinghamshire made famous by the poet Gray. One of the most delightful memories of that vacation was concerned with a drive to the sequestered nook at Jordans where William Penn is buried.
England - The Norfolk Broads
A COUNTY instead of a city, massive wherries and dainty yachts instead of gondolas, mill-towers and church steeples instead of palaces - such are the differences between Venice and Norfolk. But the essential likeness is the same ; both in the city of the Adriatic and the English county the chief highways are waterways.
England - In The Lincolnshire Fens
BE-COBWEBBED as is the face of England with railway lines, there still remain a few tracts of land where the steel network is less closely woven. This is notably the case in that triangular corner of the south of Lincolnshire known as the Fens. Taken as a whole, that county is less familiar to the native or the visitor than any other district of England.
England - Witney And Minster Lovel
ALTHOUGH, as the crow flies, but ten miles distant from Oxford — that city which, 'steeped in sentiment as she lies, spreading her gardens to the moonlight, and whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age,' attracts unnumbered thousands within her gates every year — few indeed are the visitors from the outside world who disturb the repose of Witney.
England - Three Memorable Pulpits
THAN the three men who once spoke their message from these three pulpits it would be difficult to name a trio having so little in common. John Cotton was not farther removed from Thomas Arnold than he, in turn, was from Henry Edward Manning. Yet each of the three was included under the elastic designation of a minister of the Church of England.
England - Five Famous Schools
SECOND in interest only to the houses in which they were born into life, are the buildings in which men of genius were born into the realm of knowledge. It is true these intellectual birthplaces prompt a reflection not wholly pleasing to those who have the cause of education at heart.
England - Water Worship In Derbyshire
There are two or three villages in England where, once a year, the water-spirits are still honoured with something of that worship once so common throughout the world. This is specially the case at Tissington, a village situated in the famous Peak district of Derbyshire. Within the bounds of this parish, and at no great distance from each other, are five distinct natural springs of water, or wells, as they are called.
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