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On the connection of swifts with weather

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Dove, Hamilton Stuart (1911) On the connection of swifts with weather. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 99-101. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

For years I have been watching the movements of the
"Spine-tailed Swift" (Chaetura Caudacuta), that species
which comes down to us from China and Japan, and, after
spending a few summer months here, departs again to those
more northern climes.
I have noticed that the male and
female ants of various species attain the winged state, and
"swarm," or issue, in vast numbers from the nest, generally
during the moist, muggy weather which precedes an atmospheric disturbance; the termites, or so-called "White ants," will often swarm during a light, warm rain.
It has, therefore,
occurred to me that the frequent appearance of the
Spine-tail Swift either during, or shortly before or after,
disturbed atmospheric conditions, may be due to its winged
food occurring more plentifully at these times.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 99-101
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection
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: 22 May 2013 05:13
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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