OBSERVATIONS ON NATURE IN THE TROPICS -- THE DUNG BEETLE -- THE MASON FLY -- SPIDERS -- LUMINOUS INSECTS -- EFFORTS OF A NATURALIST -- DOGS WORRIED BY LEECHESTROPICAL DISEASES -- MALARIA -- CAUSES OF INFECTIONDISAPPEARANCE OF THE "MINA" -- POISONOUS WATERWELL-DIGGLNG ELEPHANTS.
HOW little can the inhabitant of a cold or temperate climate appreciate the vast amount of "life" in a tropical country! The combined action of light, heat and moisture calls into existence myriads of creeping things, the offspring of the decay of vegetation. "Life" appears to emanate from "death" -- the destruction of one material seems to multify the existence of another -- the whole surface of the earth seems busied in one vast system of giving birth.
An animal dies -- a solitary beast -- and before his unit life has vanished for one week, how many millions of living creatures owe their birth to his death? What countless swarms of insects have risen frorn that one carcase! -- creatures which never could have been brought into existence were it not for the presence of one dead body which has received and hatched the deposited eggs of millions that otherwise would have remained unvivified.