Kermes ... til lately believed to be a vegetable excrescence, but it is now known to be the body of a species of Coccus ... In Languedoc, about the middle of May, when this insect has attained to its proper size, the harvest commences and the peasants begin to gather it. The harvest continues to about the middle of June, or later, but one heavy storm of rain puts an end to the gathering for that year. The persons employed in this business are women, who set out early in the morning, with a lantern and a glazed earthen pot ... According as the winter has been more or less mild, the harvest of kermes is the more or less plentiful; and the people always presage themselves a fine season when the spring has been free from frosts and fogs ... When the kermes is dried there comes out of it an infinite number of insects so small that they are scarcely visible; insomuch, that the whole inward substance seems converted into them. The shell is nothing but the body of the mother, distended by the growth of the eggs.The London Encyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Science, 1829
Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.