Selective Discrimination in Insects


YOUR correspondent S.B., in his letter NATURE of yesterday's date, must be referring to some short abstract only of my lecture on flowers and insects. I quite agree with him that odour is very important in attracting insects, and dwelt upon it in my lecture, as well as in my little book on “Flowers and Insects.” A striking illustration is afforded by night flowers, which often become peculiarly odoriferous towards evening, as has been already pointed out by various observers.

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LUBBOCK, J. Selective Discrimination in Insects. Nature 16, 548 (1877).

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