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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.



 

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Structure and Relation of Dinychthys. By J. S. Newberry. Pp. 64. With Plates. Columbus, Ohio: Nevins & Myers.

Chemistry, Practical and Analytical. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co.

Report on Vienna Bread. By E. N. Horsford. Pp. 130. Washington: Government Printing-Office.

Worcester Lyceum and Natural History Association. By N. Payne. Pp. 13.

Land and Fresh-Water Mollusca found in the vicinity of Cincinnati. Pp. 5.

Man: Palæolithic, Neolithic, etc., not inconsistent with Scripture. By Nemo. Dublin: Hodges, Foster & Co. Pp. 137. Price, five shillings.

Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. Vol. II., Nos. 1 and 2. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 90 and 100.

Bulletin of the Bussey Institution. Part 5. Pp. 95

Roads, Streets, and Pavements. By Brevet Major-General Gillmore. Pp. 258. New York: Van Nostrand. Price, $2.

American Catholic Quarterly Review. Vol. I., No. 2. Pp. 190. Philadelphia: Hardy & Mahony. Price, $5 per annum.

Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. Vol. IV., pp. 64. Topeka: G. W. Martin, Printer.

Geological Survey of Ohio. Paleontology, Vol. II., pp. 432, with numerous Plates; Geology, Vol. II., pp. 700, with Maps. Columbus: Nevins & Myers, State Printers.

Physics and Hydraulics of the Mississippi River. By J. B. Pads, C. E. Pp. 33. New Orleans: Picayune Print.

The Drift of Devon and Cornwall. By T. Belt, F. G. S. Pp. 11.

Urinary Calculus. By W. F. Westmoreland, M. I). Pp. 11. Atlanta, Georgia: Dunlop, Wynne & Co.

The "One-Rail" Railroad. By C. J. Quetil. New York: Cheap Transportation Association.

List of Skeletons and Crania in the Army Medical Museum, Washington. Pp. 52.

The Opium-Habit. By S. E. Chaillé, M.D. Pp. 9. From the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal. Also, Climatotherapy of Consumption. Same author. Pp. 16.

Michigan State Board of Health Report, 1875. Pp. 170.

Transcendentalism. By Theodore Parker. Boston: Free Religious Association. Pp. 39. Price, 10 cents.

Mechanical Construction of Water, By Captain J. E. Cole. Pp. 27. New York: E. O'Keefe, Printer.

Hospitals for the Sick and Insane. Pp. 54. Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co.

Deed of Trust of James Lick. Pp. 24.

New Orleans Price Current, 1876. Pp. 89.

 

MISCELLANY.

A Moth that bores for its Food.—The order of Lepidoptera, which includes moths and butterflies, is almost universally characterized as possessing a flexible trunk, by means of which the insects suck up the nectar of flowers. Indeed, the possession of a flexible trunk is commonly regarded as one of the distinguishing characteristics of this order. A few years ago, however, a French botanist, M. Thozet, then residing in Australia, discovered a moth (Ophideres fullonica) which possessed a trunk so rigid as to be able to pierce the rinds of oranges and suck their juice. Another Australian observer having since called attention to the depredations of this moth, M. J. Künckel was led to examine the trunks of Ophideres which had been sent to him from Australia by M. Thozet. This trunk he declares to be a perfect instrument, and says that it would be an excellent model for the making of new tools to be employed in boring holes in various materials. It resembles the barbed lance, the gimlet, and the rasp, and hence can pierce, bore, and tear, at the same time allowing liquids to pass without impediment by the internal canal. The two applied maxillæ constituting the organ terminate in a sharp triangu-