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To Nature   11 February [1874]1

The accompanying letter, just received from Fritz Müller, in Southern Brazil, is so interesting that it appears to me well worth publishing in Nature.2 His discovery of the two sexually mature forms of Termites, and of their habits, is now published in Germany;3 nevertheless few Englishmen will have as yet seen the account.

In the German paper he justly compares, as far as function is concerned, the winged males and females of the one form, and the wingless males and females of the second form, with those plants which produce flowers of two forms, serving different ends, of which so excellent an account has lately appeared in Nature by his brother, Hermann Müller.4

The facts, also, given by Fritz Müller with respect to the stingless bees of Brazil will surprise and interest entomologists.

Charles Darwin

Feb. 11

Footnotes

The year is established by the date of publication of this letter in Nature.
See letter from Fritz Müller, [c. January 1874].
CD refers to the first three parts of F. Müller 1873–5, published in Jenaische Zeitschrift für Naturwissenschaft.
Hermann Müller had published five articles in a long-running series, ‘Fertilisation of flowers by insects’, in Nature (H. Müller 1873–7).

Summary

Prefaces Fritz Müller’s observations on termites and stingless bees [see 9281].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9283
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Nature
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Nature, 19 February 1874, pp. 308–9
Physical description
Printed & draftS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9283,” accessed on 21 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-9283.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22

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