Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York, Munn and Co
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
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A Scorpion (one-half natural size)Also a Curious Bug of Prey (beetle) from Java Bulldog Ant, Male Leaf-cutting Ant, Bad-smelling Ant, Driver Ant,Female Leaf-cutting Ant—all venomous 386 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS December, 1906 bigger than a pea, this arachnid will commonly attack humanbeings on sight—more especially in the autumn, when, afterspinning her cocoon, the female broods over it like a birdover its young, and is very fierce in defense of her eggs. The typical venomous spider possesses a poison-gland anda hollow tube through which the venom is introduced into the
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A Bird-catching Spider of the Tropics—two-thirds natural size wound made by the fang. This gland is situated much as inthe rattlesnake, the poison-sac being attached to the root ofthe tooth by a small tube which conducts the venom downthrough the tooth. Such a similarity of structure betweentwo animals so far apart in the scale of creation as theserpent and the spider, the purpose in both cases being thesame—namely, to inject poison—is surely most remarkable. Generally speaking, poisonous insects, like snakes, attainmuch greater size in tropical latitudes, and secrete venom inlarger quantities. Thus, whereas most centipedes—a nat-uralist would say that a centipede is a myriapod, properlyspeaking, and not an insect strictly; but let that pass—arequite harmless, a few tropical species are exceedinglyvenomous. In addition, they emit an unpleasant acid-vaporfrom pores along the sides of their bodies, which, if it findsits way into a wound, is very irritating. But the notion, sow
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