Credulous Insects

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“A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy heights of a grass-blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said:

Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home,

Your house is on fire, your children’s alone;

and she took wing and went off to see about it — which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.”

(Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)