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Spicer, William Webb (1877) Plants as insect destroyers. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 81-91.

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Being much attached to Botany, and, in a less degree perhaps to
Entomology, I have put together a few notes, bearing upon both
these sciences, and bringing before you one out of the many points,
at which the two great families of plants and insects cross each
other's paths— one, it must be added, in which the latter get
decidedly the worst of it. We all know, to what an enormous extent insects are dependent
on plants for support. In the supply both of food and protection
Flora proves herself a veritable mother to her humble friends. But
there is a dark side in the character of even this gentle deity, whom
we are apt to associate with all that is cheerful and smiling; and it
is astonishing to see in how many ways and under what different
aspects she puts forth her "insecticidal" functions. Directly or
indirectly the members of the Vegetable Kingdom help largely to
thin the ranks of the little creatures which visit them.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Spicer, William Webb
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 81-91
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 23:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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