“D. Walsh, a distinguished entomologist of the United States, has described what he calls phytophagic varieties and phytophagic species.”
“But no observer can determine for another, even if he can do so for himself, which of these phytophagic forms ought to be called species and which varieties.”
“Professor Meldola seemed disposed to think that the variations of colour of some of the species might be phytophagic -- that is, due to the direct action of the differently coloured leaves on which the insect fed.”
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