Near this coast nothing grows; farther inland an occasional greencastor-oil plant, and a fewgrasshoppers, true friends of thedesert, may be met with. Ehrenberg states that theseparticles all retain a certain degreeof irritability.I have said that the plants in ahothouse failto communicate a just idea of the vegetation, yet Imust recur to it.It may besupposed thatalthough the species are numerous, the individuals ofeach kind are few. Fossil giganticAnimal.Unfavourable winds,however, delayed us, and on the 12th we ran intoPernambuco,--alarge city on the coast of Brazil, in latitude 8 degrees south.I may mention,as a common instance of one day's (June23rd) collecting, when I was not attendingparticularly to theColeoptera, that I caught sixty-eight species of that order.Even the blackslowly crawling beetles areclosely similar, and some, I believe, on rigorousexamination,absolutely identical. AUGUST 18, 1834.The wind wasfair, but the atmospherewas very thick; so that we missed muchcurious scenery. James Island is only ten miles from
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