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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in Texas and New Mexico. One of its pleasing habits isto crawl beneath the blanket of a person camping out, orotherwise sleeping in the open air, and to insert its beak intohis person, thereupon proceeding to suck until its abdomenis distended to the size of a small hens egg. This, however,is not the worst of the injury, which is liable to produce abad sore, difficult to heal. One of the most remarkable of predaceous insects is thefamiliar electric-light bug, which eats young fishes. It isa huge fly, and before the introduction of electric lights wassupposed even by entomologists to be decidedly rare. It is adiver, and its habit is to plunge into a pond, seize a little fish,and suck its blood. The tarantula-killer carries at the end ofits tail a sting, which is connected with a poison-gland. Itpounces upon the spider, paralyzes it with a blow of itsweapon, and then drags it to its burrow, where it serves asfood for the young of the captor. 388 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS December, 1906
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