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TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES. 25
euliar and characteristic position
of the two front leLgs as seen also
on the photo.
These insects have many ene-
mies, especially birds and tree liz-
ards. Someu' tile ao du'in' an
outing and canml)ing untde' a huge
body and off it went into a hol-
low of the tree to finish its meal.
These tree lizards. by the way.
are very useful animals, as they
live entirely on insects, and they
should not be molested in any
way. There are various types of
FlIa. G(,nRoWNs ANTIS IN "PRAYING" ATTITUDE
pecan tree a commotion was
heard and looking around the
broad tree trunk two black liz-
ards w'ere nLtiel try inig to catch
a large devilshorse. With a sud-
den jump, several feet off, one of
the lizards, rlralhhed tlhe insect's
tree lizards in our forests and
prairie plains and an interesting
lot they are when seen circling
around a tree trunk "playing hid-
ing," like the wild squirrel in its
haunts when trying to evade the
The Cotton Boll-Weevil Pest
In the following memoranda,
some of the original private data
are enumerated herein anent the
tiny pestiferou s ce(tton boll-weevil
insect that has caused millions of
losses to the Texas cotton crops
in late years; and, for better un-
derstanling the matter is illus-
trated with several original photo-
micrographs which, at this time
were prepared by the writer many
years ago, and were considered
the first illustrations of boll-wee-
vils ever made before by the pho-
tomicro raphic process, (being
used also in Leslie's Weekly).
The insects proper at the time
shown in one of the illustrations
herein were obtained from Mr.
P. G. Lucas, druggist, and at pres-
ent alderman of San Antonio, who
procured them from a German
farmer and had a large number
f live specimens concealed in a
wide-mouthed bottle, supplied
with buds and bolls of the cotton
plant. The insects were not lar-
'er than a common fly: six leggred,
wined, very lively and exceed-
ingly greedy. From what could
he observed in Mr. Lucas' collec-
tion and on some of our cotton
fields near town, the insects lay
numerous eggs inside the nune-
tured bolls or buds or rather they
crawl inside the cracks of the boll
capsule and perhaps breed there.
The e ns develop numerous mag-
aots and these are soon trans-
formed into the young" boll-wee-
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/29/?q=menger: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.