Insect Farmers Reap a Fortune in Butterflies
Ten thousand dollars for a butterfly! An English collector paid that for one rare tropical fly, the “Charaxes Fournierai,” of which there are but two known specimens— and that is why butterfly farming is a profitable, yet little-known industry.
It must have sucked for the students sitting near the fly. I wonder what the mortality rate of his lectures was.
Novel Gas Gun Is Death On Flies
SOMETHING of a crack shot is Dr. J. F. McClendon, of the University of Minnesota, who will not permit flies in his classroom or laboratory.
His air gun is loaded with pyrethrum concentrate, which is four times as strong as ordinary insecticides. When a fly zooms in to put on an annoying aerial exhibition, plop! goes the good doctor’s trusty gun, and there is one less fly to fight against.
Copied live or more times lifeline. ordinary insects are earful, fantastic creatures.
BY ALICE GRAY
Senior Technician, Department of Insects and Spiders, American Museum of Natural History AMONG the most startling exhibits in a museum of natural history are enlarged models of small or microscopic creatures which, though always with us, commonly pass unnoticed or unseen. A housefly as big as a house-cat is a terrifying object, with a weird blank face like the mask of a Martian monster, and an uncouth coat of spines. A flea, made large enough to serve six at dinner, stands revealed as most admirably streamlined, and thus enabled to slip unimpeded between hairs.
Novel Machines Fight Grasshopper Scourge
WHEN the rapacious hordes of grasshoppers descended upon the farmlands of the Northwest this past summer, laying waste thousands of acres of wheat and corn, the farmers called upon their mechanical ingenuity and went into battle with the insects with an array of strange looking machines.
The Remarkable Roach
SAY what you will about the pesky cockroach, he really deserves our respect when we learn that he has been an inhabitant of this earth some 200 million years. (Man can be traced back only one million years.)
Some scientists think the insects will inherit the earth and rule it long after the human race has passed into oblivion. If this does happen, the cockroach will quite likely be among the most numerous of creatures, as he has been since the dawn of time.
Game Is Played with Live Beetles
Live beetles scamper across the playing board of a new game devised by a Pasadena, Calif., inventor. At the start, the beetles are released from a corral in the center of the board, which is surrounded by a three-inch transparent fence. Four cages in the form of celluloid cylinders are raised or lowered by players who operate levers under the table. Scoring is based on the number of beetles trapped in the cylinder by each of the players.