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a lantern. Go where there areplenty of trees, and pin the strips of cloth on to the trunks of thetrees. The odor of rum and sugar will soon attract the Moths fromall directions, and turning the light of the lantern on to the rags,you will soon see plenty of them. You have only to select whichyou want, catch them with the net, kill them with a drop or two ofchloroform, pin them into your boxes, and go on. When you haveenough, take down your rags, and save them till you want themagain. But the bodies of Moths are so large, they do not keep well,but shrink in drying, so if you want a really handsome array, youmust stuff them. That seems funny to talk about, but it is not hardto do. Carefully cut off the abdomen of the Moth, and take outall its contents through the small hole at the end. Then stuff itwith cotton wool, adding a drop or two of benzole, which will keepoff insects. When it is dried, you can join it to the rest of thecreature so that it will not show. IN FEATHERS AND FUR. 227
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SCALE - WINGED. Did you know that Butterflies are scale-winged—that is, thattheir wings are covered with little scales, which lap over each otherlike shingles on the roof of a house? Beautiful scales they are, too,of various shapes and most wonderfully painted with all the exqui-site shades of color you can imagine. But. you cannot see half their beauty, unless you can lookthrough a microscope. Theres another wonderful thing about a Butterfly, and that isits trunk. To you—with the naked eye—it looks like a little threadcoiled up at the end, when not in use ; but examined with a glass,it proves to be a perfect and beautiful contrivance for sucking upthe juices of flowers. One French naturalist watched the livingButterfly feed himself from a lump of sugar, through a glass, andthus saw just how it was done. First, the little fellow would senddown from his mouth some liquid, which seemed to dissolve thesugar, and then he would suck up the dissolved fluids into hismouth. Thus he coul
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