Excerpt from A Decade of Curious Insects: Some of Them Not Describ'd Before Shewn in Their Natural Size and as They Appear Enlarg'd Before the Lucernal Microscope, in Which the Solar Apparatus Is Artificially Illuminated With Their History, Characters, Manners, and Places of Abode
Charafter of the Species.
The Antlers have seven joints, and are all the way of a thickness.
The Head and Trunk are red the Body is black.
This pretty, quiet, melancholy Fly is found among Alder Plantations; and is often fatally entangled in the clammy juice, that oozes from their Leaves. I caught it this last May, by the road-fide, near Uxbridge.
Its Head is of the finest scarlet;
The Eyes are blue.
The Antlers are of a dusky brown, and hairy.
The Feelers short, and pale.
The Mouth is arm'd with hard and crufty jaws.
Its Trunk is scarlet above, and of a ruddy brown below.
The Scutcheon is of a deeper red.
The Points on it are blue.
The Body is coal-black above, and greyish black below.
Its Ring's are divided, by lines, form'd of a deep brown mermbrane joining them.
Its-Air-holes are of a dead brown.
The Legs are grey; they are all of a length, and have two claws.
The Wings are of a pale yellowish brown, with little yellow risings, on the ribs, and an edge of deeper yellow.
The Tail is of a deep brown.
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