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Skeleton Mantis and Oil Plant of Guzerat

Plate fifty-six from the second volume of James
Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819)was the Collector of
Revenue at Bharuch and Dhaboi in Gujarat. A keen observer of
nature, he made studies of grains, plants, insects and animals that
he came across in these parts during his tenure. He found that the
insects 'were varied and beautiful'. Of the mantis he wrote: 'There
is as great a variety …