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Aid to the Identification of Insects

Nature volume 23, page 98 | Download Citation



MR. WATERHOUSE, whose duties in the zoological department of the British Museum have probably continually caused him to feel the want of some such work as that which he now commences under the above title, has conceived the idea of issuing, at intervals of a month or six weeks, a series of hand-coloured drawings of insects of all orders not previously figured. Every working naturalist knows that a good pictorial representation conveys a more accurate and ready perception of a species than the most elaborate verbal description; and we can imagine no more ready way of widely disseminating a knowledge of the arcana of science than this. Each part is to contain eight or nine plates, each representing a single species, with its generic and specific names, the name of its describer, and a reference to its locality and place of description. The plates can be classified on the completion of a volume (twelve parts), when a title-page and index will be issued.

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