Marginalia, no.314

An Italian author – Giulio Cordara, a Jesuit – has written a poem upon insects, which he begins by insisting, that those troublesome and abominable little animals were created for our annoyance, and that they were certainly not inhabitants of Paradise.

~ Leigh Hunt, “Getting up on Cold Mornings”

My daughter, the budding naturalist, is probably willing to believe that Satan himself invented mosquitoes and those wasps that lay eggs inside the living bodies of caterpillars. But there’s so much joyful precision and adoring detail in a ladybug or a butterfly, she’d rather believe that we were the invading devils of their Paradise.


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