When irritated, this species discharges a very fine acid fluid

TCD MS 10515 folio 95 verso

TCD MS 10515 folio 95 verso

along the same line. A dozen of them might be seen at one moment all busy rolling in the same direction, never one in a mistaken course. It was a wonderful picture of the strenuous toil of insect life guide by unerring instinct
Another beetle belonging to the group (Spec. ) was occasionally seen in the desert. When irritated, this species discharges from the tip of its abdomen a very fine acid fluid. I was blowing away some loose sand from the body the first specimen captured when it resented the interference by suddenly emitting its pungent discharge. The fluid was most irritating; it pricked the skin as if with fine needles and caused the lips and eyes to smart and tingle. This power of e-