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Fort, Charles - The Book of the Damned - Falls of ants, worms and other insects



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A description of the experience

The Book of the Damned - Charles Fort

That wingless, larval forms of life, in numbers so enormous that migration from some place external to this earth is suggested, have fallen from the sky.


Scientific American, 30-193
Fall of ants, Cambridge, England, summer of 1874--"some were wingless."

Scientific American, 30-193.)
Enormous fall of ants, Nancy, France, July 21, 1887--"most of them were wingless."

Nature, 36-349.
Fall of enormous, unknown ants--size of wasps--Manitoba, June, 1895. Sci. Amer., 72-385.

In the Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. of Philadelphia, 1899-125,
there is a description of yellow worms and black worms that have been found together on glaciers in Alaska. Almost positively were there no other forms of insect-life upon these glaciers, and there was no vegetation to support insect-life, except microscopic organisms.

LondonTimes, April 14, 1837:
That, in the parish of Bramford Speke, Devonshire, a large number of black worms, about three-quarters of an inch in length, had fallen in a snowstorm.

In Timb's_Year Book, 1877-26
it is said that, in the winter of 1876, at Christiania, Norway, worms were found crawling upon the ground. The occurrence is considered a great mystery, because the worms could not have come up from the ground, inasmuch as the ground was frozen at the time, and because they were reported from other places, also, in Norway.

Scientific American, 30-193.
Immense number of black insects in a snowstorm, in 1827, at Pakroff, Russia.

Amer. Jour. Sci., 1-22-375
Fall, with snow, at Orenburg, Russia, Dec. 14, 1830, of a multitude of small, black insects, said to have been gnats, but also said to have had flea-like motions.

Scientific American, 6-96
Large number of worms found in a snowstorm, upon the surface of snow about four inches thick, near Sangerfield, N.Y., Nov. 18, 1850. The writer thinks that the worms had been ‘brought to the surface of the ground by rain, which had fallen previously’.

Scientific American, Feb. 21, 1891:
“A puzzling phenomenon has been noted frequently in some parts of the Valley Bend District, Randolph County, Va., this winter. The crust of the snow has been covered two or three times with worms resembling the ordinary cut worms. Where they come from, unless they fall with the snow is inexplicable."

Scientific American, March 7, 1891,
the Editor says that similar worms had been seen upon the snow near Utica, N.Y., and in Oneida and Herkimer Counties; that some of the worms had been sent to the Department of Agriculture at Washington. Again two species, or polymorphism. According to Prof. Riley, it was not polymorphism, "but two distinct species"--which, because of our data, we doubt. One kind was larger than the other: color-differences not distinctly stated. One is called the larvae of the common soldier beetle and the other "seems to be a variety of the bronze cut worm." No attempt to explain the occurrence in snow.

Annales Société Entomologique de France, 1858
Fall of great numbers of larvae of beetles, near Mortagne, France, May, 1858. The larvae were inanimate as if with cold.

Trans. Ent. Soc. of London, 1871-183,
records "snowing of larvae," in Silesia, 1806; "appearance of many larvae on the snow," in Saxony, 1811; "larvae found alive on the snow," 1828; larvae and snow which "fell together," in the Eifel, Jan. 30, 1847; "fall of insects," Jan. 24, 1849, in Lithuania; occurrence of larvae estimated at 300,000 on the snow in Switzerland, in 1856. The compiler says that most of these larvae live underground, or at the roots of trees.

Revue et Magasin de Zoologie, 1849-72,
there is an account of the fall in Lithuania, Jan. 24, 1849--that black larvae had fallen in enormous numbers.

All the Year Round, 8-253.
Larvae thought to have been of beetles, but described as "caterpillars," not seen to fall, but found crawling on the snow, after a snowstorm, at Warsaw, Jan. 20, 1850.

Flammarion - The Atmosphere, p. 414
tells of a fall of larvae that occurred Jan. 30, 1869, in a snowstorm, in Upper Savoy: "They could not have been hatched in the neighborhood, for, during the days preceding, the temperature had been very low"; said to have been of a species common in the south of France. In La Science Pour Tous, 14-183, it is said that with these larvae there were developed insects.

L'Astronomie, 1890-313:
That, upon the last of January, 1890, there fell, in a great tempest, in Switzerland, incalculable numbers of larvae: some black and some yellow; numbers so great that hosts of birds were attracted.  As to differences in specific gravity--the yellow larvae that fell, were three times the size of the black larvae that fell with them. In accounts of this occurrence, there is no denial of the fall.

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Fort, Charles

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