Hummingbird Quotes (3 quotes)
Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowersa living prismatic gem that changes its colour with every change of position its exquisite form, its changeful splendour, its swift motions and intervals of aλrial suspension, it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.
It is perhaps a law of nature that when a species (or group) fits itself to a place not previously occupied, and in which it is subject to no opposition from beings of its own class, or where it attains so great a perfection as to be able easily to overcome all opposition, the character eventually loses its original plasticity, or tendency to vary, since improvement in such a case would be superfluous, and becomes, so to speak, crystallized in that form which continues thereafter unaltered. [Such as] the humming-bird.
Why do we study insects? Because, together with man, hummingbirds and the bristlecone pine, they are among the great achievements of organic evolution.