a petrel: on the other hand, itsshort wings and consequent little power of flight, its form of bodyand shape of tail, the absence of a hind toe to its foot, its habitof living, and its choice of situation, make it at first doubtfulwhether its relationship is not equally close with the auks. During our stay at Brazil I made a large collection of insects. I lost some of the specimens, but those which Ipreserved belonged to the genera Colymbetes, Hydroporus, Hydrobius(two species), Notaphus, Cynucus, Adimonia, and Scarabaeus. The spider soon returned; and an
hour afterwards I wasmuch surprised to find it with its jaws buried in the orificethrough which the sting is protruded by the living wasp. Shaded by a ledge of rock,beneath a facade of columnar lava, we ate our dinner. Beetles occur in very small numbers: it was long before I couldbelieve that a country as large as Scotland, covered with vegetableproductions and with a variety of stations, could be sounproductive. This habit, perhaps, arises fromtheir being accustomed, when travelling, to ride the loaded horses. How delightful was that still night, after having been so longinvolved in the din of the warring elements!(PLATE 48. It rained during nearly the whole day. Asfar as we could make out, he seemed to consider the elementsthemselves as the avenging agents: it is evident in this case, hownaturally, in a race a little more advanced in culture, theelements would become personified. Now bearing in mind that reef-building coral cannot live at agreater depth than from 20 to 30 fathoms, and that the scale is sosmall that the plummets on the right hand show a depth of 200fathoms, on what are these barrier-reefs based? Are we to supposethat each island is surrounded by
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