Odor In Butterflies

Miss Mary E. Murtfeldt calls attention, in the April number of Psyche, to the fact that she observed, while spreading fresh male specimens of Callidryas eubule, a delicate, violet-like odor emitted from the specimens, and which was retained, to some extent for several days; the females being not at all fragrant.

Double Broods Of Insects

At the Lansing College Natural History Society, Professor Cook spoke of the curious fact that many insects are double brooded this year, such as were never known to be so before. He mentioned particularly the tent caterpillar, the tomato moth, and the luna silk moth, although the latter is commonly double brooded farther south.

The Salisburia Again

In along course of reading on horticulture and arboriculture, the writer recollects of no allusion in the English books to the peculiar use mentioned in these columns of training it to shapes and on walls. "You can do anything with it," is a true remark. If any reader can point out notices, or even a notice of this we should be glad to have the reference.

Virginia And The Grape

It appears that Virginians in the neighborhood of Charlottesville have turned their attention, successfully, to raising wine grapes, and that an American Burgundy they make is in greater demand than the supply. Thus far the great enemy of the grape vine has not appeared there.


Mr. Falconer informs us that the magnificent Masdevalleas at Albany, of which he wrote, were grown by Mr. Tweddle.

Col. M. P. Wilder

Our readers will be glad to learn that the health of our venerable friend continues excellent. He took a prominent part in the Centennial exercises of the Honorable Artillery Company recently, himself the oldest of all living members, on which occasion he made one of his usual speeches of masterly eloquence.

The American Farmer

This, one of the oldest and best known of American agricultural monthlies, has changed from the ordinary magazine form, and appears among the folio sizes. With this change of form it will also appear twice a month by its old publisher and editor, S. Sands, Jr., Baltimore, Md.

Sheldon's Dairy Farming

Published by Cassel, Petter, Galpin & Co., New York. Part twenty-five of this beautifully illustrated subscription work is on our table, and which completes the work. The colored plate represents an Alpine Dairy Station, and the text refers to dairy commerce.