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small beetles which cannot be found elsewhere; such as Acidota crenata, &c. A very remarkable beetle, rarely to be seen in the south of England, although common in the north and in Scotland, is that known in the latter country by the name of the “Bee-beetle' (Trichius fasciatus). This beetle has a bee-like appearance, particularly about the thorax and hinder part of the body, which parts are covered with yellow hairs. The two yellow bands which run across the black elytra assist in the mimicry, even when the insect is at rest; but when it is flying about the thistle flowers, as is its habit, it simulates the appearance of a humble bee to a very remarkable degree.

One of the rare finds on Rannoch Moor is Hemerobius inconspicuus, a neuropterous inscct about whose life-history our scientific entomologists would be glad to know more, and which want might be supplied by the observant tourist.

We have now completed our task, which has been briefly to set forth the inorganic and organic history of our mountains, hills, and moors. It will have been seen how remarkably special physical conditions, such as these, are responded to by adaptations of the life which is found among them. It is this constant adaptation, always varying with the animals and plants as the conditions vary, which so deeply impresses us with the idea of an Untiring Wisdom, which “ neither slumbers nor sleeps"!

Geological science shows us how the mountains gradually pass away or are brought low, and the valleys ultimately become exalted—the life of one period reaches its maximum and passes away, to be succeeded by another set of vital forms; but, throughout this ceaseless circulation of organic and inorganic forces, the same Intelligence keeps watch, and directs them all to that End unto which Creation itself, mighty though it be, is only a means !




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