from The Century Dictionary.
- An old group of Lepidoptera, corresponding to the modern family Bombycidæ.
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From what has been said respecting the rearing of exotic silk-producing bombyces, especially tropical species, it must have been observed that several difficulties, standing in the way of success, have to be overcome.
The above-mentioned American species, like most other silk-producing bombyces, were bred in the open air; but besides these, I reared three other species of American bombyces in the house, under glass, and with the greatest success.
-- Three North American silk-producing bombyces, very closely allied, have been mentioned in my previous reports; they are;
Larvæ of all the silk-producing bombyces were preserved in their different stages, and can be seen in the Bethnal-green Museum.
Comets, then, die, as Kepler wrote long ago, _sicut bombyces filo fundendo_.
The period (1,208 days) of this body is considerably shorter than that of any other known comet.] [Footnote 243: "Sicut bombyces filo fundendo, sic cometas cauda exspiranda consumi et denique mori."