Arthropods

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Diaprepes abbreviatus, the citrus root weevil (class Insecta, order Coleoptera)

This page is for quotes about arthropods, (animals of the phylum Arthropoda), both in general and about specific taxa.

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  • Ha! Whare ye gaun, ye crawlin' ferlie?
    Your impudence protects you sairly;
    I canna say but ye strunt rarely
    Owre gauze an' lace;
    Though faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
    On sic a place.
    • Robert Burns, To a Louse, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 464.
  • Fair insect! that, with threadlike legs spread out,
    And blood-extracting bill and filmy wing,
    Dost murmur, as thou slowly sail'st about,
    In pitiless ears full many a plaintive thing,
    And tell how little our large veins would bleed,
    Would we but yield them to thy bitter need.
    • William Cullen Bryant, To a Mosquito; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 530.
  • What gained we, little moth? Thy ashes,
    Thy one brief parting pang may show:
    And withering thoughts for soul that dashes,
    From deep to deep, are but a death more slow.
    • Thomas Carlyle, Tragedy of the Night Moth, Stanza 14; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 530.
  • Thou art a female, Katydid!
    I know it by the trill
    That quivers through thy piercing notes
    So petulant and shrill.
    I think there is a knot of you
    Beneath the hollow tree,
    A knot of spinster Katydids,—
    Do Katydids drink tea?
  • Meanwhile, there is dancing in yonder green bower,
    A swarm of young midges, they dance high and low;
    'Tis a sweet little species that lives but one hour,
    And the eldest was born half an hour ago.
    • Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Midges; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 512.
  • A work of skill, surpassing sense,
    A labor of Omnipotence;
    Though frail as dust it meet thine eye,
    He form'd this gnat who built the sky.
    • James Montgomery, The Gnat; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 315.
  • The midge's wing beats to and fro
    A thousand times ere one can utter "O."
    • Coventry Patmore, The Cry at Midnight; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 512.
  • The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
    Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
  • Where the katydid works her chromatic reed on the walnut-tree over the well.
    • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself, Part 33, line 61; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 415.
  • Happy the Cicadas live, since they all have voiceless wives.
    • Xenarchus (Grecian poet), quoted in Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1876).

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