Excerpt from Insect Life: Souvenirs of a Naturalist This little volume introduces the work of a great French naturalist to the reader of English. Reaumur, ather Frenchman, is the greatest naturalist devoting himself to the observation of insects the world has yet seen. His six quarto volumes - Memoires pour servir a l'histoire des insectes - were published between 1734 and 1742. J.-H. Fabre, who happily is still with us, is second only to Reaumur in this part of the great field of Natural History. Though compatriots the two men are remarkably different in the nature of their genius. Reaumur, stately and slow, both discursive and diffuse. Fabre, - styled by Charles Darwin the immortal Fabre, - a most patient, indefatigable observer, ready to sacrifice everything to the carrying on of his work, but making deductions too rapidly from his observations, and taking a philosophical position from which he refuses to budge, even though he stand alone among the naturalists of this generation. Fabre's great merit is his graphic portraiture of the living insect as it really is. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.