GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae clavated. Wings when at rest erect. Fly by day.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Above pale yellow, beneath paler. On the first wings (upper side) six pale black stripes and a black margin. On the second wings, an oblique black stripe, and a black border with five semilunar blue spots, two long tails. Stripes more numerous on the under side.

  • PAPILIO Podalirius, alis caudatis subconcoloribus flaves centibus, fasciis fuscis geminatis, posticis subtus linea sanguinea.
    • Syst. Ent. 451. 38.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 751. 36.
    • Mus. Lud. Vir. 208.
  • [Page 4] Papilio alis pallide flavis, rivulis transversis nigris secundariis angulo subulato maculaque crocea. Geoff. Ins. 2. 56. 24.
    • Papilio Sinon. Pod. Ins. 62. tab. 2. fig. 1.
    • Cram. Ins. 13. tab. 152. tab. 2. fig. 1.
    • Merian. Europ. 163. tab. 44.
    • Roes. Ins. 1. pap. 2. tab. 2.
    • Reaum. Ins. 1. tab. 11. fig. 3. 4.
    • Jonst. Ins. tab. 5. fig. 5.
    • Esp. pap. 1. tab. 1. fig. 2.
    • Schaeff. elem. tab. 94. fig. 4.
    • Icon. tab. 45. fig. 3. 4.
    • Raj. Ins. 111. 3.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 15. 58.

Fabricius * and some other entomological writers have very minutely described the Larva and Pupa state of this rare butterfly; the Larva feed on the leaves of the turnip, cabbage, and other plants of the same genus; it is of a yellow colour, with spots of brown, head pale green. The Pupa is yellow, spotted with brown also, and has two teeth, or sharp points in the fore-part.

We have received the Butterfly from North America, as well as from Germany; it appears to be a native of most parts of the Euro­pean Continent, though perhaps not frequently found.—Berkenhout is the only writer who has described it as an English species ; he says it is rare (in this country,) found in woods. In the perfect state, visits flowers in the day time.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

* 7 * ALUCITAE. SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Every part snow white, except the eyes, which are black, anterior wings bifid, posterior tripartite.

  • PHALAENA PENTADACTYLA Alucita alis patentibus fissis quinque partitis niveis, digito quinto distincto. Lin. Syst. Nat. 2. 542. 304. edit. 10.
  • P. Pentadactylus, alis niveis, anticis bifidis, posticis tripartitis.
    • Syst. Ent. 672. 6—Fab. Spec. Ins.
    • Geoff. Ins. 2. 91. 1.
    • Reaum. Ins. 1. tab. 20. fig. 1. 2.
    • Roes. Ins. 1. phal. 4. tab. 5.
    • Ammir. Ins. tab. 23.
    • Sulz. Ins. tab. 16. fig. 10.
    • Petiv. Gazoph. tab. 67. fig. 6.

The Caterpillar of this singular Insect is very common in May; it is of a green colour, with a white stripe down the back, and one on each side; it casts its skin several times.

We have observed some Caterpillars which were quite smooth, after casting their skin become rough or covered with hairs; and others which [Page 6] were white become black by the same process; in this caterpillar we have observed a similar change: a specimen which was of a plain green as before described, became suddenly spotted with black as shewn in our plate, that skin being cast off it assumed its former appearance and became a pupa.

It feeds on grass, nettles, &c. near the sides of ditches, and is found sporting in the evening, when in the fly state among the grass and herbage.

The Caterpillar becomes a Pupa about the beginning of June.—It affixes itself by the tail to a stalk of grass in the same manner as those of the Butterfly genus, and like them is often found with the head suspended downwards; it can by a sudden spring turn itself upright again.

In a little book entitled the AURELIAN'S POCKET COMPANION, by Moses Harris, we find this species described, and called the White Plumed, but the Linnaean specified Name Didactyla is added:—And under the Linnaean name Pentadactyla (our present specimen) he has described the Brown plumed *.—The same confusion is extended to his folio work the AURELIAN. In Plate 1. he has figured the White plumed under the specific name Didactyla, and in Plate 30, the Brown plume, under Pentadactyla. Linnaeus has comprised all those Lepi­dopterous Insects whose wings appear to consist of several distinct feathers, connected only at the shafts, under the subdivision Aluctae, but Fabricius has given them the new name PTEROPHORUS, and added the name Alucitae to a small division of the Tinea, as Phal. Christylostella, &c. of Linn.

The Phal. Pentadactyla appears in the perfect state about the latter end of June, sometimes earlier.


[Page 7]PLATE CXI.


GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae knotted enlarging towards the ends. Corselet mar­gined.

*** Body Cylindrical. SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Head and thorax black. Shells yellow brown with two black spots on each. Antennae serrated.

  • CHRYSOMELA 4 punctata cylindrica, thorace nigro, elytris rubris: punctis duobus nigris, Antennis brevibus. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 374. 50. edit. 10.
  • CHRYSOMELA 4 punctata thorace nigro, elytris rubris, maculis duabus rubris antennis serratis. Degeer. Ins. 5. 32. tab. 10. fig. 7.
  • Melontha coleoptris rubris maculis quatuor nigris, thorace nigro.
    • Geoff. Ins. 1. 195. tab. 3. fig. 4.
  • Buprestio 4 punctata. Scop. Ent. Carn. 206.
  • Cryptocephalus 4 punctatus.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 1. 138. 3.
    • Schoeff. Elem. tab. 83. fig. 1.
    • Icon. tab. 6. fig. 1. 2. 3.

[Page 8]This species is scarce, though more frequently met with than either of the following Chrysomelae. It is generally found on the Hazel-nut tree.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Black blue, a bright orange or red exterior margin to the elytra.

  • CHRYSOMELA Sanguinolenta ovata atra, elytris margine exte­riori sanguineis. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 591. 38. Syst. Ent. 101. 40.
  • CHRYSOMELA nigro coerulea, elytris atris punctatis margine exteriori rubro. Geoff. Ins. 1. 259. 8. tab. 4. fig. 8.
  • Chrysomela rubro marginata. &c. Degeer Ins. 5. 298. 7. tab. 8. fig. 26.
  • Buprestis Sanguinolenta. Scop. carn. 203.

Extremely rare in England; our specimen was found on the trunk of an ash tree in June 1794—in Kent.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Fine red, with two black spots on each elytra, and one on the thorax.

  • CHRYSOMELA coccinea oblonga, thorace marginato sanguineo, macula nigra, elytris sanguineis maculis duabus nigris. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 592. 43.—Fn. Sv. 532.
  • CHRYSOMELA 4 maculata, &c. Degeer Ins. 5. 301. 10. tab. 9. fig. 1.
  • Coccinella Coleoptris rubris maculis 4 nigris. Diss. 13. Fab. Spec. Ent. 1. 131. 83.

Very rarely met with: our specimen was taken on a thistle in a field between Kennington Common and Camberwell, May 1794. The species has not till very lately been considered as a native of this country.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae clavated, their extremities fissile. Five joints in each foot.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Antennae, of seven laminae *. Head, thorax, and shells brown, spotted with white. Beneath white.

  • SCARABAEUS FULLO scutellatus muticus, antennis heptaphyllis, corpore nigro pilis albis, scutello macula duplici alba. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 553. 57.—Fn. Sv. 394.
  • SCARABAEUS, &c. Geoff. Ins. 1. 69. 2.
    • Frisch. Ins. 11. tab. 1. fig. 1.
  • SCARABAEUS Variegatus. Roes. Ins. 4. tab. 30.
    • Schaeff. Icon. tab. 23. fig. 2.
    • Hoefn. Ins. 2. tab. 7.
    • Sulz. Hist. Ins. 1. 1.
  • Melolontha Fullo. Fab. Spec. Ins. 1. 35. 1.

Except the Stag Beetle, (Cervus Lucanus) which is figured already in this work, this is the largest Coleopterous Insect ever found in England; it is extremely rare, and is said to be met with only in the sand on the sea coast near Sandwich.




Wings four, naked, transparent, reticulated with veins or nerves. Tail without a sting.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Mouth prominent. Palpi four. Wings deflexed. Antennae longer than the thorax, taper, extended.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. First wings transparent reticulated with brown veins, hairy. Veins fewer on the second wings.

  • HEMEROBIUS hirtus, alis albis fusco reticulatis, fasciis duabus fuscescentibus. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 912. 6.—Fn. Sv. 1507.
    • Degeer Ins. 2. 2 70. 12. tab. 22. fig. 4. 5.

This very common Insect is found on the nut tree, and oak. It conceals itself in the middle of the day among the foliage, or flies only in moist, shady places. It is always observed to be very brisk at the approach of a thunder storm, like the Hemorobius Perla, &c.

[Page 14]The nerves on the wings are so exceedingly delicate, that it is im­possible to give an accurate representation of the natural size; but to remedy that defect, we have shewn the magnified appearance of an upper and under wing at Fig. 2.

The wings are of a pale transparent brown; which as the Insect moves in different directions reflect all the vivid colours of a Prism.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Grey, with short black irregular curved lines on the upper wings. Antennae feathered.

  • PHALAENA COSSUS. Bombyx elinguis, alis deflexis nebulosis, thorace fascia postica atra. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 504. 40. edit. 10.
  • PHALAENA pectinicornis elinguis, alis albo cinereis, striis transversis nebulosis nigris. abdomine annulis albis.
    • Geoff. Ins. 2. 102. 4.
    • Degeer Ins. Vers. Germ. 2. 1. 268. 1.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 36.
    • Roes. Ins. 1. phal. 2. tab. 18.
    • Reaum. Ins. 1. tab. 17. fig. 1. 5.
    • Albin. Ins. tab. 35. fig. 56.
    • Lyonet Traite de Chenille.
    • Schoeff. Icon. tab. 61. fig. 1. 2.
    • Goed. Ins. 2. tab. 33.

[Page 16]The Caterpillar of the Goat Moth feeds on the internal substance of willow trees; it is said to be also found in the body of the oak, but we have never discovered any in such a situation. The eggs are laid in the crevices of the trees; as soon as the Caterpillars are hatched, they begin to pierce into the solid wood. In most parts of England they are called Auger Worms; the holes which they make in the timber appearing as if bored with that Instrument.

It lives in the Caterpillar state three years before it is transformed to a pupa; when full fed it is four inches long, the body appears very fleshy, and without hairs; the head is black, and armed with very sharp forceps; the case is composed of bits of wood and saw-dust, which it unites with a strong web; the inside is lined with a fine smooth white filmy substance, like sattin; it passes to the pupa state in the cavity which it has perforated in the caterpillar state, within three or four inches of the opening: it remains only two months in that state before the Fly is produced.

Is found in chrysalis in May; in the fly state, the latter end of June, or in July.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae knotted, enlarging towards the ends. Corselet margined.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Thorax and shells striped with blue, crimson and yellow green in­clining to gold. Wings fine scarlet.

  • CHRYSOMELA CEREALIS. Ovata aurata, thorace lineis tribus coleop­trisque quinque coeruleis. Syst. Ent. 100. 33. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 588. 17.
  • CHRYSOMELA aurea fasciis coeruleis cupreisque alternis, punctis inor­dinatis.
    • Geoff. Ins. 1. 262. 14.
    • Schaeff. Icon. tab. 1. fig. 3.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 1. p. 124. 45.

This beautiful Insect is a native of Georgia in North America; and has been received from several parts of Africa, as Guinea, &c.

[Page 20]It has also been found (though we believe very rarely) in the southern parts of Europe, particularly in Italy; and we have reason to conclude it has been met with in the south of France, and in Germany *.

We presume to include it among the English Chrysomelae, on the authority of the late Mr. Hudson, author of the Flora Anglica, &c. who appears to be the only Naturalist that has taken it in Great Britain, except the Rev. Mr. Hugh Davies, of Beaumaris, who also met with a specimen of it on a mountain in Wales some years since.

The colour of the stripes on the shells sometimes vary; and the underside, which in our Insect is purple, is often of a shining brownish colour; the transparent wings, which are concealed beneath the shells, are bright red.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae thickest in the middle. Wings, when at rest, deflexed. Fly slow, morning and evening only.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Wings transparent with black veins. Head, thorax, body, shining black with yellow rings or belts. Tail fine golden yellow.

In the paintings of Ernst, a figure of a transparent-winged Sphinx, similar to this, is given, under the specific name Oestriformis: we are not clearly convinced he intended it for this Insect, nor can we conceive the name to be by any means applicable; we therefore pass over the reference to that very scarce work as doubtful, and reject his specific name lest he should mean another Insect.

Linnaeus has not described this species, nor have we found a descrip­tion of it in the writings of Fabricius.

It is rare in England. THOMAS MARSHAM, Esq. Sec. L. S. favoured me with the specimen from which the annexed figure is taken; it was met with in Kensington Gardens in June.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Wings rounded. Ash-colour, or dull brown, with obscure waves of a darker colour.

    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 823. 48.
    • Reaum. Ins. 1. tab. 44. fig. 10.
    • Degeer Ins. 1. tab. 11. fig. 20. 21.

We have never found this Insect common, though it must not be considered as a rare species; it is seldom met with near London: our specimen was found in the Caterpillar state at Dartford in May. It changed to Chrysalis in June. The fly came forth in September.

The male is rather smaller than the female generally, though not always. The strength of their colours is very inconstant, especially in the female, which we have seen very dark in some specimens; in others nearly as pale as the male; the general distinction however between the two sexes is, the male being of a light grey with spots and waves of brown, the female of an obscure brown with spots more diffused.




Shells, or upper Wings, semi-crustaceous, not divided by a straight future, but incumbent on each other. Beak curved downward.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae longer than the Thorax. Thorax margined. In each Foot three joints.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Above black. Beneath black changeable to white. Antennae black, of four joints, half as long as the body. Eyes large, promi­nent. Fore Legs much shorter than the rest.

  • Cinex Lacustris. linearis niger, pedibus anticis brevissimis. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 732. 117.—Fab. Spec. Ins. Fn. Sv. 970.
  • Insectum Tipula dictum. Bauh. Ball. 213. fig. I.

This Insect is met with in great plenty on still waters, in summer; it runs quick on the surface.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Oval. Olive colour. Antennae of five joints. Snout sharp. Thorax narrow before. Two brown longitudinal lines from the Eyes to the posterior margin of the Target.

  • Cimex Acuminatus, &c.—Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 723. 59.—Fn. Sv. 939.
    • Degeer Ins. 3. 271. 16. tab. 14. fig. 12, 13.
  • Musca cimiciformis. Raj. Ins. 56. 6.

Met with in May, on the Fern *. We have never found it common.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Brown and white clouded like an Agate; a large clouded Eye, next to the exterior margin of the first Wings; on the interior margin a tuft, or appendage. Antennae feathered.

  • PHALAENA ZICZAC. B. Alis deflexis dorso dentatis apicibusque macula grisea subocellari, antennis squamatis.
    • Syst. Ent. 573. 35. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 827. 61.—Fn. Sv. 1116.
    • Geoff. Ins. 2. 124. 29.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 147.
    • Frisch. Ins. 3. tab. 1. fig. 2.
    • Degeer Ins. 1. tab. 6. fig. 1. 10.
    • Reaum. Ins. 2. tab. 22. fig. 9—16.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. p. 186. 76.

This singular and beautiful Caterpillar is found on the Willow, early in June; it becomes a Pupa within a fine, brownish web, which it spins between two or three leaves, (as represented in our Plate,) late in the same month; the Moth comes forth in August.

[Page 30]The trivial name prominent has been given to this Insect, because when the Moth is at rest the remarkable appendages on the interior margin of the upper Wings form a prominent tuft above the back; we have six different species of Phalaena in this country which have the same character, and are known among Collectors by the several names, Pale, Maple, Swallow, Iron, Pebble, and Cockscomb, Pro­minents; the last is common, the rest are generally very rare.



Wings four, generally membraneous. Tail of the females armed with a sting.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Jaws, with a Trunk deflexed. Antennae elbowed in the middle, first joint longest. Wings plain. Body hairy.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Black. Body long, narrow. Head, Thorax, and Legs covered with greyish hair. Abdomen smooth, beneath covered with tawny hair.

  • Apis Centuncularis, nigra, ventre lana fulva.—Syst. Ent. 385. 42.—
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 575. 4. edit. 10.
    • Geoff. Ins. 2. 410. 5.
    • Scop. carn. 799.
    • Reaum. Ins. 6. tab. 10. fig. 3, 4.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 1. 486. 59.

The wonderful instinct that directs the smallest Insects to provide for the safety of their future progeny, never fails to strike the attention of the inquisitive researcher into their oeconomy.—To perpetuate their [Page 32] race is the great end of their being, and the most astonishing effort of their ingenuity and care is employed to perfect this grand design. We not only find innumerable eggs, and larvae of Insect on all kinds of plants; in all standing waters; and in animal matter, when putrid; but many which can only be hatched from the egg by the warmth of living animals; thus the Tabanus pierces the thick hide of the Cow, and plunges its eggs into the flesh; the heat and moisture of which nourishes both in the egg, and larva; the Hippobosca equina pro­trudes its eggs into the rectum of Horses; and the Ichneumon into living Caterpillars: to those we could add many remarkable instances of Insects, who have shewn a lower species of perception, by deposit­ing their eggs in places where the larvae would find abundance of proper food; and with such ingenious contrivances for their safety in a defenceless state, as we could only expect from the sagacity of larger animals; but it is only our intention to premise with those general re­marks, lest the subject we have chosen for our present Plate should be considered as a solitary example of such ingenuity, and care towards their future offspring.

The Natural History of the Common Bee has been both fully and ably treated of, by Schirach, Maraldi, Reaumur, Debraw, and other authors of respectability, and may be supposed to be pretty generally known by those conversant in rural affairs; the manners, however, of other species of the same genus has neither been so fully explained, nor examined; they yet present a fund for the enquiries of the Na­turalist, equally worthy his attention; though less beneficial; as the honey they make cannot be converted to our use.

Among the solitary Bees, some penetrate into the earth, scoop out hollow cavities; then polish the sides within, and deposit their eggs, with proper food for the larvae, till it becomes a Pupa. Others form nests of loose sand, which they glue together with a strong cement; those nests are generally formed against walls that are exposed to the south; without, they are rude and irregular, but within are very neatly finished, and divided into several cells or apartments, in each of which the Parent Bee lodges an egg. Of our present, and a few other species, we may say,

[Page 33]
In firmest oak they scoop a spacious tomb,
And lay their embryo in the spurious womb *.

We find this season, the Apis Centuncularis has done considerable injury among the Timber Plantations in Essex; and we have similar information from some parts of Cambridgeshire. A Gentleman sent me (early in the Spring) a piece of Oak, containing a quantity of the larva, from his plantation at Birdbrook, in Essex. He informs me, several Gentlemen in his neighbourhood had found large trunks of apparently healthy Oaks, completely perforated and filled with the larva of this mischievous Insect; in many instances the trunk had been materially injured, and the cases were arranged as shewn by the hori­zontal Section at Fig. 4, in our Plate.—The perforations were in a longitudinal direction, several feet through the solid timber, and when the leaves were fresh, appeared as shewn at Fig. 1.

The Insect commences its operation at the upper part of the trunk of the tree; then boring in an oblique direction for about two inches or more, it follows a longitudinal course, it divides the ligneous fibres, or threads, till it forms the diameter of the cavity, which is about three-eighths of an inch, its depth various; sometimes only a few inches, at others, considerably more; when the cavity is entirely formed, and all the dust and fragments cleared away, it finishes the sides perfectly smooth; the hardest knot in the timber being insufficient to resist the strength of its jaws.—The cavity, when finished, appears divided by slight ridges, placed at the distance of about three quarters of an inch from each other; this serves to regulate the size of each apartment or cell; and it now only remains to be lined for the reception of the egg: this lining is generally composed of rose-leaves; and is applied to the apartments in a very curious manner: the Parent Bee flies with a leaf to the orifice of the perforation, where she clips it round to the size of the hole; this is forced to the bottom of the lowest cell; about seven, eight, or ten of such pieces form the first layer; it next forms the sides, or cylindrical part of the lining; this is done by laying several whole leaves partly over each [Page 34] other, as shewn in our Plate, and cementing them together with a glutinous substance; thus the sides and bottom, each consisting of several layers, being finished, (in the form of a thimble) the Bee partly fills it with a kind of paste, then throws over it a small quantity of leaves, reduced to powder, and deposits the egg; the covering to the whole is formed of the same materials, and in the same manner as the bottom; when she has forced about ten or fifteen circular pieces of leaves into the avenue and cemented them to the top, the covering is completed, and the egg is completely secured from accident.—The covering separated is shewn in the Plate, at fig. 3, the larvae, at fig. 2.

In this manner she proceeds with, and finishes every cell distinctly, till the perforation is entirely filled: in some trees forty or fifty such perforations are placed within a quarter of an inch of each other.— The Bee comes forth late in August; if the lowest is formed before those above, it eats its way up the channel, through their cases.

Mr. Adams, in his Essay on the Microscope, mentions a remarkable circumstance of a Bee (we suspect of this species). "A friend of mine (says he) had a piece of wood cut from a strong post * that supported the roof of a cart-house, full of these cells or round holes, three-eighths of an inch diameter, and about three-fourths deep, each of which was filled with these rose-leaf cases, finely covered in at top and bottom."



Wings two. Covered by two Shells, divided by a longitudinal future.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae clavated, elbowed in the middle, and fixed in the shout, which is prominent. Joints in each foot four.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Rostrum long, slender, dark brown sprinkled over with bronze; Thorax the same. Shells reddish brown. Legs brown.

Fab. Ent. Syst.

FIG. I. Natural Size.

This Insect was found in May on the hazel; the species varies in size, but more in colour.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Shout short. Thighs dentated. General colour bronze change­able to yellow red, brown, green, &c. Shells striated and punctured.

  • CURCULIO PYRI. brevirostris femoribus dentatis aeneo fuscus.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 615. 72.
    • Fn. Sv. 623.
  • Curculio brevirostris, antennis fractis rufis, corpore oblongo aeneo nitido, pedibus rufis *. Degeer Ins. 5. 246. 34.
  • Curculio viridis opacus, pedibus antennisque magis fuscis. Linn. It. Scan. 355.

It has been suspected by some Entomologists, that this Insect should only be considered as a variety of Curculio Argentatus. Much of its beautiful appearance depends on the time we take it in; when first hatched its colours are very rich and highly glossed with gold, but it gradually becomes dirty brown, or almost black.

The cause of this alteration in its appearance is easily perceived by the microscope; the first, or ground colour is dark brown, but is entirely covered with oblong scales of various beautiful colours, particularly of a reddish gold, or bronze, interspersed with those of green, and brown colour; when the Insect is first hatched, the scales lay over each other so as to conceal the ground colour; but as they rub off, or are otherwise injured, the brown becomes the general colour.—They vary also very much from red, to [Page 37] yellow, or green hues, when first hatched; and are sometimes found late in the season, with almost every scale rubbed off.

Linnaeus and Fabricius say, it is found on Pear trees . We have met with it on several other trees. Found from May to September.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Small, black. A longitudinal whitish line down the Thorax. Two waved white lines across the shells, with a longitudinal mark of brown on each. Legs black.

  • CURCULIO CAPREAE. Fab. Spec. Ins. 1. 168. 39.

This little Insect very much resembles Curculio Salicis, both in size and colours; but it is sufficiently distinguished from that species by its walking or running; as leaping is a particular character of that Curculio.

We have never met with more than one specimen; found on the Ozier in June.

It is a very beautiful subject for the Opaque Microscope; its mag­nified appearance is shewn at fig. 6.—The rostrum fig. 7.—Fig. 5. Natural size.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae thickest in the middle. Wings, when at rest, deflexed. Fly slow, Morning and Evening.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Wings angular, entire; first wings striped transversely with greenish brown, and red. Second Wings red, with a white posterior margin; black at the base. Body red and brown.

  • SPHINX ELPENOR. Alis integris, viridi purpureoque variis, posticis rubris basi atris.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 148. 43.
    • Syst. Ent. 543. 25.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 801. 17.
    • Fn. Sv. 1049.
  • Sphinx spirilinguis, alis viridi purpureoque fasciatis, fasciis linearibus transversis. Geof. Ins. 2. 86. 10.
    • Roes. Ins. 1. phal. 2. tab. 33. fig. 73.
    • Petiv. Gazoph. tab. 40. fig. 11. 12. 17.
    • Frisch. Ins. 13. 4. tab. 2.

The Caterpillars of this very elegant Sphinx are generally found in marshy places in June and July. They feed on the Convolvulus, [Page 40] Vine, and some other plants, but prefer white ladies bedstraw; they cast their skins several times, and when full fed are some green, and others of a brown colour. The Caterpillars of the female is a fine green elegantly marked with black, as represented in our plate; those of the male are varied with the same dark markings, but the colour is a dull brown inclining to black in those parts where the females are green.

It possesses a faculty peculiar to a very few Insects, it can protrude its head and three first joints to a tapering point; or entirely conceal the head and contract the first joints, by drawing them apparently into its body.

The Caterpillars form a white spinning among the leaves in August; remains in the pupa state during the winter; the Fly comes forth May following. They are frequently destroyed by an Ichneumon fly.



Shells, or Upper Wings semicrustaceous, not divided by a straight future, but incumbent on each other. Back curved downwards.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER, AND SYNONYMS. Head, Corselet and Shells green. Abdomen black above, with a yellow and black margin, beneath pale orange varied into green. Legs and Antennae yellowish.

  • Cimex PRASINUS. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 722. 49.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 354. 96.

Not uncommon in the month of August in woods. Found on the Oak.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

BOMBYX. Antennae feathered.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. First wings greyish, with three tranverse stripes of dull white. Apex fine chocolate colour. Second wings and body pale brown.

  • PHALAENA ANOSTOMOSIS. B. alis deflexis griseis, strigis tribus albidis subanastomosantibus, tho­race ferruginato. Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 189. 85.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 824. 53.
    • Fn. Sv. 1124.
    • Goed. Ins. 1. tab. 33.

A very rare species of Phalaena. In the perfect state it is seldom met with; and in the Caterpillar state few Collectors are acquainted with its haunts. It feeds on the sallow, willow, and poplar, and may be found sometimes by stripping off the bark of those trees.

[Page 44]Our specimen was taken in the vicinity of Oak-of-Honor Hill, Surry. The Caterpillar was met with when it was ready to spin its web, in which state it is represented; its spinning was formed be­tween the folds of a leaf in the month of October, the Moth came forth in May.

The Moth in the upper part of the plate is a small specimen of the female; it differs very little from the male, except that the an­tennae of the latter is much feathered, as is shewn on the back of the leaf.

The species is more plentiful on the continent of Europe, and a variety of it is a native of some parts of North America.

A Collector of Insects in London met with a brood of this species last September, in the Caterpillar state, containing more than twenty; some were covered with a milk-white down, others inclining to grey, but in general they were like the specimen given in our plate. They changed their appearance frequently, and some were much larger than the rest. The Moths also differ very much both in size and colour; some are dingy, others have the chocolate colour much dif­fused; and in general, when the Insect is perfect, it is beautifully varied with a pale bloom of a purple hue.



GENERIC CHARACTER. A soft flexible trunk, with lateral lips at the end. No palpi.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Head and Thorax black-brown; Abdomen black, with very mi­nute specks of white. Wings clouded and speckled with brown. A yellow streak on the under side of the abdomen.

  • MUSCA SEMINATIONIS. Antennis setariis, alis atris cinereo punc­tatis, abdomine basi subtus flavo.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 452. 90.

This species is sometimes met with in meadows, on plaintain, thistles, &c. in May and June.

It is a very pleasing object for the Microscope, particularly the wings, which are finely reticulated and spotted. Its magnified ap­pearance is given with its natural size in our plate.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

* NOCTUA. Antennae like a hair.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. First wings grey, marked with pale black streaks and clouds, with an eye in the middle, and two white spots on the anterior margin. Second wings pale brown.

  • PHALAENA RUMICIS. N. cristata, alis deflexis cinereo fuscoque variis litura marginis tenuioris alba.— Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 238. 143.
  • PHALAENA RUMICIS. spirilinguis cristata, alis deflexis cinereo bimaculatis, litura marginis tenuioris alba. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 852. 164.— Fn. Sv. 1200.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 82.
    • Alb. Ins. tab. 32.
    • Wilk. pap. 26. tab. 3. a. 1.
    • Degeer Ins. 4. tab. 9. fig. 2.

The Caterpillar of this Moth are usually found on the Bramble, from which it has received its English name; it is not, however, wholly confined to that food, as we have fed it on grass and other plants indiscriminately put into its breeding-cage. It passes to the chrysalis state in September; the Fly appears in May.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper, the length of the thorax: Head half concealed.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Head and thorax fine blue. Shells upper half changeable green; lower part reddish purple.

  • BUPRESTIS SALICIS: elytris integerrimis viridis nitens, coleop­teris aureis basi viridibus. Fab. Gen. Ins. Mant. p. 237.
  • Buprestis elegantula, Schrank. Ins. Austr. n. 365. p. 195.
  • Cucuius rubinus. Fourcroy. Ent. Paris. T. I. n. 4. p. 33.
  • Le Richard rubis. Geoff. Ins. Paris F. I. p. 126.
  • Geputzter Stinkkäfer. Weiden-Prachtkäfer. Panz. Faun. Ins. Germ.

This uncommonly beautiful Insect has been described as a native of Algiers in Africa, a figure of it is given in the work of Olivier, and another in Panzer's History of the Insects of Germany; we find it also described by Fourcroy and Geoffrory as a native of France, but cannot learn that it has been considered as an English species before this time.

We were not so fortunate as to take this Insect, it was commu­nicated by a person on whose veracity we can rely: he found it on the bark of an old willow tree, between Dulwich Common and [Page 52] Norwood, on, or about the 8th of June, 1794. As we know the precise spot where it was taken, we shall attend to it particularly next season, and the earliest intimation of success, shall be given through the medium of a future number.

When we consider how much the study of coleopterous Insects has been neglected in this country, even by those who have pursued with unremitting perseverance almost every other branch of Ento­mology, we cannot be much astonished that such a minute Insect as the Buprestis Salicis should have escaped notice; add to this, we can scarcely doubt that it is very rare in this country, and probably lives concealed in the crevices of the tree, or under the rotten part of the bark. The number of new Insects that have been discovered in this country within a few years *, renders it not improbable, that future English Entomologists, by extending their enquiries, may find many more of the species that are now met with in the northern, and per­haps even southern parts of Europe.

Fig. natural size. Fig. its magnified appearance.



Wings 4. Naked, transparent, reticulated with veins or nerves. Tail without a sting.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae very short. Two protuberances before the eyes. Wings erect. Second pair small. Two or three tails like bristles. Short lived.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Wings reticulated, brownish with five or six brown spots. Body yellowish, with black specks. Three tails.

  • EPHEMERA VULGATA: cauda triseta, alis nebuloso maculatis.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 906. 1. Fn. Sv. 1472.

In the larva and pupa state, this Insect is found under loose stones at the bottom of shallow pools; in the winged state it frequents the water.

We have several species of this genus in England. The Ephe­mera Vulgata, is the largest among them. A very distinguishing character of them is the shortness of their lives, which seldom ex­ceeds a few hours. In the month of May these Insects are seen in great plenty on the water, where they are greedily devoured by the fish; anglers say, when the large Ephemera appears, the trout will snap at no other bait, than the artificial fly made after its form.— In some specimens the wings are more clouded, and the tails longer than in others.




GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

* * GEOMETRAE. SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. White, beautifully marked and spotted with black.

  • PHALAENA HASTATA: seticornis, alis omnibus nigris albo macu­latis, fasciis duabus albis nigro punctatis hastata dentatis. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 870. 254. Fn. Sv. 1276.
  • Phalaena antennis filiformibus; alis latis albis fasciis undulatis ma­culisque hastatis nigris. Degeer. Ins. Vers.
    • Germ. 2. 1. 334. 7. tab. 8. fig. 20.
    • Clerk. phal. tab. 1. fig. 9.
    • Kleman Ins. 1. tab. 44.

The Argent and Sable Moth is scarce in the Fly state: though its young caterpillars are not uncommon in some parts of Kent; we [Page 56] have met with several about the narrow lanes in Darent-wood, Dart­ford, in April, or early in the month of May. It is however very difficult to breed them; they generally die in the pupa state, or be­fore they cast their last skin when caterpillars; from several speci­mens taken during the three last summers, we have only had one Moth produced, and that so crippled, as merely to enable us to as­certain the species.

The small Caterpillars are of a dark purplish colour, when nearly full fed they have a yellow under side marked with black, with the back purple; before they change to the pupa state, they become almost brown.

They remain only a month in the pupa state. The Moth appears about the middle of June.—Food, white-thorn and alder.


Since the publication of the last Number, we have been favoured with a most beautiful specimen of the Moth figured in the 124th Plate of this Work, and present a figure of it to our subscribers, together with the several changes of the Phalaena Hastata; it will shew how very liable this Insect is to variation in its colours, size, &c.

We find also that though this Insect has been named Phalaena Anastomosis in the most scientific Cabinets in London, and always received as such by the best authority, it is not the Insect referred to by Fabricius in his Species Insectorum under that title; that Author, as well as Linnaeus, refers under the specific name Ph. Curtula to the 43d Plate of the third Volume of Roesel's Insects; in this Plate is figured a Moth which is certainly a species distinct from our Insect, and is well known by its Linnaean name Curtula, or English title Chocolate Tip; yet Fabricius gives an addi­tional reference for the same species to the 11th Plate of Roesel's [Page 57] fourth Volume of Insects, and in this we find the figure of a Moth whose markings and general appearance correspond with our speci­men, though its colours are totally different, being a very pale grey with scarcely any dark colour near the apex of the wings; the larva much more resembles our figure, and induces us to conclude, that though the figure of this last Moth is so extremely different, it is probably intended for the same species as our Insect; and therefore that the two distinct species have been confounded together, by a false quotation of Linnaeus's Amanuensis.

And we are partly confirmed in this supposition by the words of Linnaeus himself; he says, Ph. Anastomosis is very like Ph. Curtula, but the Moth figured in Roesel's plate, and referred to in the Syno­nyms under Anastomosis, does not bear the least resemblance to it; —our Insect on the contrary, though evidently a distinct species, is not unlike it.



Shells, or upper Wings, semicrustaceous, not divided by a straight future, but incumbent on each other. Beak curved down.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Head maxillous, and with palpi. Antennae filiform. Wings folded. Hind Legs strong, for leaping.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. Head, Thorax, and Wings green, without spots. Antennae very long.

  • GRYLLUS VIRIDISSIMUS: thorace rotundato, alis viridibus imma­culatis, antennis setaceis longissimis.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. v. 1. p. 430. 38. edit. 10.
  • LOCUSTA VIRIDISSIMA: alis viridibus immaculatis, antennis lon­gissimis. Fab. Syst. Ent. 286. 22.—
    • Spec. Ins. 1. 359. 23.
  • Locusta viridis cantatrix viridis immaculata, thorace rotundato, cauda feminae ensifera recta. Degeer Ins. 3. 428.
    • Agrigoneus. List. Goed. 301. tab. 121.

[Page 60]This Insect is larger than the great green Grasshopper, (Gryllus verrucivorus) or any other species of the genus we have in this country; unless we notice the Gryllus Magratorius, which is well known for its depredations in many parts of the world, but is rarely met with in England.

The present species is perhaps not uncommon in many places, but it is very difficult to discover its hiding-places in the day-time; its chirp is sometimes heard in a calm Summer's evening, about sun-set, issuing from the bushes where it is concealed; and from which it seldom ventures till night: it continues its chirping at in­tervals till morning.

The female seems to prefer a warm, and rather moist situation, to deposit her eggs in, and this is commonly the side of a bank that is exposed to the sun; but is well covered with grass and other herbage to keep it moist. She is furnished with a sharp double edged sheath, like a sword, with which she opens the ground in a perpendicular direction; first scooping out a convenient cylindrical aperture, and then widening the lower part into a spacious apartment for the re­ception of the eggs. See Fig. I.

When the Insect bursts from the egg it is very minute, and with­out Wings; in this state it nips the tender shoots of grass, &c. It soon increases in size and assumes the pupa form; in which state though the Wings are not perfect, their rudiments appear next the Thorax: it continues in this state till it has nearly acquired its full size before the Wings burst open from the protuberances.

Our specimens were taken in Battersea Meadows; in the egg state early in April; winged state in June.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae conic, of four segments. Trunks fleshy, terminated by two lips. Palpi, one on each side of the Trunk.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. Eyes brilliant, green with black spots. Thorax brown with yellowish lines. Body bright yellow with triangular black marks, anterior margin, and center of the Wing black.

  • TABANUS CAECUTIENS: oculis viridibus nigro punctatis, alis ma­culatis. Fab. Syst. Ent. n. 18. p. 790.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 27. p. 459.
  • TABANUS CAECUTIENS: oculis nigro-punctatis, alis maculatis.—
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 17. p. 1001. ed. 13. n. 17. p. 2885.
    • Faun. Suec. n. 1888.
  • Tabanus fuscus, abdominis lateribus pedibusque flavis, alis maculis fuscis. Geoffr. Ins. 2. n. 8. p. 463.
    • Tabanus nibulosis. Harris Ins. Angl. tab. 7. fig. 5.
  • Musca bipennis pulcra, alis maculis amplis albis pictis. Rai. Ins. p. 272.
  • Le Taon brun, à cotes du ventre jaunes, et ailes tachetées de noir.
    • Geoffr.
  • Die buntaugichte Breme. Panzer's Deutschlands Insecten, &c.
    • Faun. Ins. Germ.

[Page 62]In the months of June and July, or earlier in forward seasons, this Insect is found in great plenty in the lanes and skirts of woods; and are very troublesome to persons or animals who pass through such places in the middle of the day: they conceal themselves in the crevices of the bark of trees, or among the foliage till about an hour before noon, when they come forth in great plenty, and settle on the hands and face, or other thinly covered parts, and dart their sharp pointed trunks or proboscis into the flesh: we have observed the sting of this Insect to be most severe about mid-day, particularly when the sun shines bright, and emits much heat; a disagreeable sensation continues in the stung part for some time, and is generally succeeded by a large tumor, and a slight discharge of pungent fluid before it disappears entirely.

To explain more minutely the structure of the trunk, we have given a figure of its magnified appearance at Fig. III: the outer coat, or sheath, terminates at its extremity, in two lateral, moveable lips, and contains a longitudinal, horny, convex blade; the acute point of which is concealed between these lips: this interior tube, when examined with a Microscope, appears to consist of three others, exceedingly sharp at the points; and are used by the Insect as lancets to lacerate the flesh when it feeds, while it pumps, or sucks up the blood and moisture from the wound, through the capillary tubes with which several parts of the trunk are furnished.

It feeds in the same manner on Insects, but chiefly on those in the larva state.

The species is not uncommon in Germany, France, Italy, and most warm parts of Europe: also received from Georgia, in North America.

Fig. I. Natural Size. Fig. II. Front View of the Head mag­nified, with the Eyes and Proboscis; the former are most beautiful microscopical objects when the Insect is alive, but turn brown after it dies.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Antennae feathered. Wings angulated, indented; a lunar spot near the center of each. General colour, pale red brown, clouded and speckled.

  • Kleman Ins. 3.
  • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 245. 18?

We have been furnished with the larva of this extremely rare Insect in a singular manner; a wasted specimen of the female was taken in the Summer of the year 1794, and deposited a quantity of eggs in the box in which it was stuck; these hatching some time after, a great number of young Caterpillars were produced; several of a full size, passed to the pupa state, (in a reddish web spun on the leaves) and four fine Moths came forth last Summer.

The eggs were very minute, perfectly globular, and of a pale greenish colour: the cluster consisted of more than seventy, and few of them proved abortive; but some of the largest Caterpillars de­voured [Page 64] the rest, and many others wandered from the food, and so perished. The Moths were far superior for the beauty and richness of their colours to any specimens we have seen before; but this is not remarkable, as most of the specimens preserved in Cabinets near London, have been taken in the winged state.

It feeds on the lime; is found in the Caterpillar state in August; the Moth appears in June. Is sometimes taken in the interior part of Darent-Wood, Dartford; and rarely elsewhere near London. It has been met with also at Feversham, in Kent, on the Elm.

Kleman, in the last volume of German Insects, lately published, has given three figures of this Moth; but has neither figured the Caterpillar nor Pupa. Fabricius is the only systematical Writer who appears to have noticed it.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

Noctua, Antennae setaceous.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. First wings and body grey; on the former three or four black marks, in the form of a dagger *. Second wings pale brown, with a slightly scalloped margin.

  • PHALAENA PSI: cristata, alis deflexis cinereis, anticis lineola baseos characteribusque nigris. Syst. Ent. 614. 104.—
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 235. 129.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 846. 135.
    • Alb. Ins. tab. 26.

The Caterpillars of the Grey Dagger-Moth is frequently found on fruit trees; particularly on the cherry: it feeds also on the willow and poplar, and on almost all plants indiscriminately when confined in the breeding cage. It is not an uncommon Insect: the Caterpillars change in September, remain in the chrysalis state during winter, and the Moth appears late in May, or early in June.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

Bombyx antennae of the male pectinated or feathered.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. First Wings yellow, second Wings orange colour; both clouded with black. Body orange and black.

  • PHALAENA PLANTAGINIS elinguis. alis deflexis atris, rivulis flavis, inferioribus rubro maculatis. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 820. 42.—Fn. Sv. 1132.
  • PHALAENA pectinicornis elinguis, alis deflexis, superioribus fuscis, maculis luteis, inferioribus rubris, ma­culis quatuor nigris. Geof. Ins. 2. 109. 10.
  • Phalaena Alpicola. Scop. carn. 507.
    • Wilk. pap. 24. tab. 3. a. 5.
    • Roes. Ins. 4. tab. 24.
    • Fab. spec. Ins. 2. 196. 115.
  • L'Ecaille brune. Geofr.
  • Der Wegerichspinner. Die spanische Fahne. Die beschleierte Bärenphalene. Pans. Fauz. Ins. Germ.

[Page 70]This species feeds on nettles, chickweed, plantain, grass, &c. The Caterpillars very much resemble those of the large Garden Tiger Moth *, except in size; they change into chrysalis about the middle of April, and appear in the winged state the latter end of May.

We have not found this Insect so plenty as the Ruby Tiger Moth , and it is infinitely more scarce than the great Garden Tiger Moth, figured in the early part of this Work.

A variety of this species, with crimson under wings, is found in the East Indies and in America. The under wings of the female, in the European specimens, are much redder than in the male.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae longer than the thorax. Thorax margined. In each foot three joints.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. Antennae very large. Head, thorax, and shells, pale blackish brown. Feet yellow.

  • CIMEX SPISCICORNIS: oblongus niger, pedibus flavis, antennis incrassatis. Fabri. Gen. Ins. Mant. p. 300.—Sp. Ins. 2. 207. p. 372.
  • Die borstenhornige Wanze. Panz. Ins. Germ.

The singular structure of the antennae of this minute Insect, re­commends it to partic [...]lar notice. They are nearly as long as the body, and in the thickest part are very bulky; hence it has received the specific name Spissiconis, or large horned Cimex.

It is not uncommon in summer; flies amongst bushes or low herbage in the day time the lower wings are of a very beautiful purple colour, and give a blackish hue to the outer wings when [Page 72] folded under them. The larva we suspect has not been figured, if noticed, before, and for this reason we have given it of the natural size at fig. 1. and its magnified appearance at fig. 2.—at fig. 3. the natural size of the perfect or winged insect; fig. 4. the same magnified.

Found in the larva state in May, was fed on grass, the winged Insect appeared June 19th.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

* PTEROPHORUS. SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Wings divided into Feathers, yellowish and grey, with brown Spots.

  • Phalaena Hexadactyla. Linn. Syst. Nat.
  • PHALAENA HEXADACTYLUS, alis fissis cinereis, singulis sexpartitis.
    • Fab. Spec. Ins. 2. 312. 7.—Syst. Ent. 672. 7.
    • Reaum. Ins. I. tab. 19.—Fig. 19. 21.
    • Frisch. Ins. 7. tab. 73.

Among an almost endless variety of species, which the tribes of Insects present, few have a more singular appearance than the little creature we have selected for our present subject. It is perhaps one of the most curious pieces of natural mechanism (if we may be allowed the expression) that can be conceived, for of a most com­plicated fabric which the wings appear, every part, though separate, [Page 76] acts in perfect unison with the rest; in most winged Insects we find the tendons of each wing united by strong membranaceous webs, which prevent any one from acting without the others, but in this every tendon must perform a distinct part, and yet perfectly in conformity with the rest to assist the Insect in its flight. When the Insect rests the feathers fold over one another; but when it flies, they are thrown open, and resemble a full expanded fan.

The natural size of this singular creature is given at Fig. 1. and as a more correct figure than can be shewn in such a small compass was thought necessary, its magnified appearance is represented at Fig. 2.

The plumes of this Insect differs so much from those of other Moths, that we have also added, at Fig. 3, the appearance of the upper part of one, as seen by a very deep lens of the Microscope; by this the stem or quil is observed covered with scales of the form usually found on other Moths, but the sides are finely feathered with long hairs, in tufts, alternately of a light and dark colour, and which, owing to the minuteness of the Insect appear like patches of an uniform colour, before it is examined with the Microscope.

This Insect is not uncommon in Summer, it flies about hedges in the evening.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the Base. Wings in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

NOCTUA. Antennae of both sexes filiform.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. First Wings brown, with two transverse broad waves of greenish gold on each. Second Wings blackish grey. Wings margined.

  • PHALAENA CHRYSITIS Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 843. 126.
    • Noctua cristata, alis deflexis orichalceis, margine fasciaque griseis. Syst. Ent. 606. 69.—Spec. Ins. 2. p. 226. 91. —Fabricius.
  • Phalaena seticornis spirilinguis, alis deflexis ferrugineo fuscis, fascia duplici transversa viridi aurea. Geof. Ins. 2. 149. 97.
  • Phalaena antennis filiformibus, dorso cristato, alis deflexis griseis, fasciis duabus aureo viridibus. Degeer. Ins. Vers. Germ. 2. 1. 311. 2.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 39.
    • Albin Ins. tab. 71. fig. a. b. c. d.
    • Shoeff. Icon. tab. 101. fig. 2. 3.

The pencil can produce but a feeble and inadequate imitation of the metallic splendour of this beautiful, yet common Insect. The upper Wings have the appearance of fine burnished brass, changeable in different directions of the light to green, brown, and rich golden hues; the under Wings are of a blackish colour, and serve as an admirable contrast to the more brilliant and varied teints of the upper Wings. The Thorax is crested.

Berkenhout has given a very false description of the Caterpillar of this Insect, he says it is "smooth, orange with white spots;" we think it necessary to note this error only as it may mislead young Collectors, who have no other assistant than his Synopsis, by which they can determine the Species, when in the Caterpillar state. It is astonishing how he could possibly be led into this error, when Albin, Fabricius *, and all preceding authors on Entomology, have described it so plainly.

It feeds on Nettles, and other Plants, growing among the low herbage by the side of banks; in fine seasons there are generally two broods of them from May, to June in the following year; the first are found early in May in the Caterpillar state, appear in June in the winged state; Caterpillars are full fed again in July, the Moths come forth in August.




Wings two, covered by two shells, divided by a longitudinal future.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae knotted, enlarging towards the ends. Shells and Thorax bordered. Head concealed under the corselet.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Greyish Green; on the center of each Shell a streak of gold, which dies with the Insect. Body beneath black.

  • CASSIDA NOBILIS: grisea elytris linea coerulea nitidissima.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 575. 4.
    • Oliv. Ins. 97. tab. 2. fig. 24.
    • Raj. Ins. 107. 7.

This species is far less common than Cassida Viridis. It is a very beautiful Insect; but, like most other minute species, appears with infinitely more advantage in the Microscope for opake objects; in­deed, without such assistance, it is impossible to perceive the beauty of that part by which it is distinguished from every other species of the same genus we have in England, the lines of fine gold and blue, which are seen on the middle of the Shells.

When the Insect is alive, it is of a pale greenish colour, inclining to brownish grey, and along the middle of each Shell appears a splendid streak, or line of gold, margined with a fine pale sky blue, alternately varying into green, and gold. By the Microscope we [Page 80] also discover many minute punctures, and several waved lines and streaks, which descend along the Shells from the base, and unite near the apex.

Its colours are more or less beautiful as the Insect is healthy or sickly; and as it dies, the colours gradually perish; the splendor of gold is no longer visible than life is retained, it changes to green; from green to a brown, which scarcely appears through a faint tinge of blue, and in a few hours it changes altogether to a rusty brown colour.

This Insect is admirably protected from external injury by the singular form of its Thorax and Shells, which are also so large as to conceal every other part when the Insect walks.

The natural size is shown at fig. 4, (upper side.) Fig. 2, under side. Fig. 3, upper side magnified.


GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae knotted, enlarging towards the ends. Corselet mar­gined.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER Body oval. Head, Thorax and Shells, purplish olive colour, changeable, with a bronze appearance. Beneath, reddish brown, or testaceous.

  • CHRYSOMELA BANKII: ovata supra aenea subtus testacea. Fab. Entomologia Systematica. T. 1. 310. 16.

This is a very rare Insect in England. It resembles Chrysomela bicolor in size, and colour of the Head, Thorax and Shells; but it may be readily distinguished from that species by the testaceous colour of the under side, that part being wholly of a violaceous colour in C. bicolor.

Found in May on a thistle.


Shells or upper Wings, semi crustaceous, divided by an oblique future, and incumbent on each other. Beak bent down.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper. Shells membraneous. In each foot three joints. Hind legs strong for leaping.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Entirely brown, pale with faint whitish and dark lines, a small black spot on the center of each wing.

A figure of this Insect is given in Villers's Entomology as a native of France; in this he follows the authority of Fourcroy, who has a description of the same species in his Catalogue of Insects, found in the environs of Paris. This last author calls it Le Cigale renflée, from its puffed or swelled appearance. The name given by Villers is Cicada dilatata.

The confusion made by Fabricius, in his alterations of the Lin­naean genera, renders it doubtful whether he has described this Insect, though, from its being commonly found in most parts of Europe, we must suppose he has not passed over it without notice: we have examined his last work, (Entomologia Systematica, &c.) and cannot find an Insect answering our species with any reference either to Fourcroy or Villers, we therefore prefer the specific name given by the latter author.

Is found in June; and is less common than any Insect of the same genus hitherto given in this work.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

* Noctua antennae like bristles in both sexes.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. First Wings pale reddish colour, with a broad triangular brown spake in the middle. Second Wings palish, with dark waves; margin of both Wings indented.

  • Phalaena Meticulosa. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 845. 132.—Fn. Sv. 1164.
  • Phalaena Meticulosa: alis deflexis, eroso dentatis, pallidis, anticis basi incarnata, triangule fusco. Fab. Syst. Ent. 608. 78.
  • Phalaena seticornis spirilinguis, alis deflexis margine erosis cinereo fuscis, superioribus triangulo marginali fus­cescente, incarnatum includente, thorace gibbo. Geof. Ins. 2. 151. 84.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 24.
    • Albin Ins. tab. 13.
    • Roes. Ins. 4. tab. 9.
    • Degeer Ins. 1. tab. 5. fig. 14.
    • Goed, Ins. 1. tab. 56.

[Page 84]The Phalaena Meticulosa certainly exceeds many other Insects of the same tribe for elegance and simplicity: the variety of teints so delicately, indeed almost insensibly softened into one another, and neatness of the waves and lines interspersed over the whole, amply compensate for the defection of more gaudy colours. In the cater­pillar state it is scarcely less deserving attention; the yellow specks on a beautiful, yet lucid green, have a very pleasing effect. The web it spins round its pupa is of a fine white colour, and silky tex­ture; the pupa within of a blackish chocolate colour.

This species is sometimes met with in plenty, though less so in some seasons than in others; and not unfrequently is more abundant when the season appears most unfavourable. It feeds on nettles chiefly, but we have found it on several other plants; and once on a young oak, in Kent; the leaves of which we fed it on some time. In the caterpillar state it is found in April, changes to the pupa state in May, the Moth appears in June.



Wings two, covered by two shells, divided by a longitudinalfuture.

GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae clavated, their extremities fissile. Five joints in each foot.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. Head, Body, Thorax, black: covered with long, yellowish hairs. Shells pale yellow, with three transverse black stripes on each. Ab­domen longer than the Shells.

  • SCARABAEUS FASCIATUS scutellatus muticus niger tomentoso flavus, elytris fasciis duabus luteis coadunatis.
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 556. 70. Fn. Sv. 395.
  • TRICHIUS fasciatus: niger tomentoso flavus, elytris fasciis tribus nigris abbreviatis. Fab. Syst. Ent. 40. 1.
    • Spec. Ins. 1. 48. No I.
  • Scarabaeus niger hirsuto flavus, elytris luteis, fasciis tribus nigris in­terruptis. Geoff. Ins. 1. 80. 16.
    • [Page 86]Drury Ins. 1. tab. 36. fig. 2.
    • Degeer. Ins. 4. tab. 10. fig. 19.
    • Voet. Scar. tab. 5. fig. 43.

In Germany this Insect is not uncommon: we believe it is very rare in this country. Found generally on umbelliferous plants.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general contracted when at rest. Fly by night.

Bombyx antennae of Male feathered, Female setaceous.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. First Wings black glossy green, with orange and white spots. Second Wings and Abdomen scarlet, with black spots.

  • Phalaena Dominula: alis incumbentibus atris, maculis albo flaves­centibus, posticis rubris nigro maculatis.
    • Fab. Syst. Ent. 583. 93.—Spec. Ins. 2. 200. 130.
  • Phalaena Dominula. Noctua spirilinguis laevis, alis depressis nigris: superioribus caeruleo flavo alboque, inferioribus rubro maculatis. Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 509. 68 edit. 10.

Formerly this beautiful Moth was found in great abundance at Charlton in Kent, but within the last two or three years most of the [Page 88] broods have been wantonly destroyed, and they are now seldom met with. In the caterpillar state they feed on nettles and hound's-tongue *, changes to the pupa state about the middle of May, and in June the Moth comes forth.




GENERIC CHARACTER. A soft flexible trunk, with lateral lips at the end, no Palpi.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. Head brown. Thorax polished, greenish, or brassy. Abdomen flat, obtuse, brownish gold-colour. Legs yellowish; Feet brown.

  • Musca aurata: antennis setariis nitida thorace aeneo, abdomine obtuso aureo. Fabricius. Ent. Syst. Vol. VI. 335. 37.—Mantissa. Vol. II. p. 347. No. 63.

This Insect has been only noticed in the latter writings of Fabri­cius. We have not found it uncommon in the summer upon the leaves of Fruit trees; and particularly on such as grow against a south wall: they fly briskly about noon, when the sun shines.


SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Eyes brown. Thorax green; changeable to silver. Abdomen silvery, with shades of bright yellow, and grey, and some transverse streaks of black, very changeable.

Musca semi-argentata. Marsham's MSS.

We do not find that this rare and beautiful Insect has been de­scribed either by Linnaeus or Fabricius. It was taken a few years since in Epping Forest by Mr. Bentley, an eminent Collector of English Insects, and noticed by Thomas Marsham, Esq. Sec. L. S. in his Manuscript Notes, under the specific name Semi-argentata. Several specimens of it were taken last June in Epping Forest; ex­cept them, we have not heard of any being met with for some time.

Fig. 2. natural size. Fig. 3. magnified.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae knobbed at the end. Wings, when at rest, erect. Fly by day.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER. Male upper side fine blue with white margins. Female dark brown, with a patch of blue on the middle of each wing. Underside of both sexes lightish brown, with black and red spots.

  • Papilio Argus: alis ecaudatis, posticis subtus limbo ferrugineo ocellis coeruleo argenteis. Fab. Syst. Ent. 525. 346.—
    • Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 789. 232.
    • Fn. Sv. 1074.
    • Roes. Ins. 3. tab. 37. fig. 3—5.
    • De Geer Ins. 4. f. 14. 15.
    • Wilk. Pap. 63. t. 1. a. 1.
    • Merian. Europ. tab. 153.
    • Schaeff. Icon. tab. 29. fig. 3. 4.

Though this beautiful Insect is very common in some places in the Butterfly state, we have never met with it's larva, nor with any account of it that appeared satisfactory. In that state it seems scarcely known. It is said, by some Collectors, to be a plain green Cater­pillar, with very few hairs, bulky, and broadest across the middle. It certainly feeds very low among the thickest grass, or perhaps like [Page 94] some larvae of Moths, never comes above the surface of the ground, and lives on the roots of grass.

The Male is of a fine blue colour on the upper side, and elegantly marked on the under side with white circles, having a black spot in the center of each: the wings are also bordered with similar spots, marked with a vermillion colour. The Female has very little ap­pearance of the fine blue of the Male: the upper wings are of a dull brownish black, with a bluish colour on parts, and marked with a few red and black spots: the underside as in the Male.

They seem to delight in Meadows, and, like all other Butterflies, are on the wing only in the day time. The first brood appears in the Fly state in June.



GENERIC CHARACTER. Antennae taper from the base. Wings, in general deflexed when at rest. Fly by night.

* * Tortrix. Linn.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER AND SYNONYMS. First Wings pea green. Second Wings dusky.

  • Phalaena viridana. Pyralis. Alis rhombeis, anticis viridibus imma­culatis.—Fabricius. Syst. Ent. 656. 4.—Linn. Syst. Nat. 2. 875. 266.
  • Phaloena seticornis spirilinguis, humeris latis, antennis flavescentibus, alis dilute fuscis.—Geof. Ins. 2. 171. 123.
    • Reaum. Ins. 2. tab. 18. fig. 6. 7.
    • Roes Ins. 1. phal. 4. tab. 1.
    • Frisch. Ins. 3. tab. 8.

Early in July we find this species flying about the narrow paths and lanes in woods where Oaks are plenty. It is observed to shelter itself in the day time, generally among such trees as have the foliage [Page 96] thick and the bark covered with moss, &c. and very seldom among young trees. In the Caterpillar state it lives concealed in a fine silky web, spun up on the leaves. When it is disturbed it drops by a single thread from one branch to another, the glutinous substance of the thread adhering wherever it touches, so that if it is damaged in any part the Insect is in no danger of falling, unless the last fast­ening breaks off. The Caterpillar changes to the pupa state early in June: the first appearance of the Moth is commonly about the end of the same month.

In England we have another small Moth (Phalaena Chlorana) which at first sight may be mistaken for Phalaena Viridana. It differs from this Insect in several respects; the under Wings are whiter, and the stripe along the anterior margin of the upper Wings incline more to a cream colour than in our present species; the Caterpillar also is very different and feeds on the Willow.


  • Scarabaeus Fullo Plate 112
  • — fasciatus, Yellow Beetle Plate 140
  • Cassida nobilis Plate 138 Fig. 1. 2. 3.
  • Chrysomela Bankii Plate ib. Fig. 4.
  • — 4 punctata Plate 111 Fig. 1. 2.
  • — sanguinolenta Plate ib. Fig. 3. 4.
  • — coccinea Plate ib. Fig. 5. 6.
  • — cerealis Plate 115
  • Curculio aequatus Plate 121 Fig. 1. 2.
  • — pyri Plate ib. Fig. 3. 4.
  • — capreae Plate ib. Fig. 5. 6. 7.
  • Buprestis salicis Plate 127
  • Gryllus viridissimus Plate 130
  • Cicada dilatata Plate 138 Fig. 5. 6.
  • Cimex acuminatus Plate 118 Fig. 2.
  • — prasinus Plate 123
  • — spicicornis Plate 135
  • — lacustris Plate 118 Fig. 1.
  • [Page]Papilio podalirius, Scarce Swallow-tail Butterfly Plate 109
  • Papilio argus, Common Blue Butterfly Plate 143
  • Sphinx chrysorrhoea, Golden-tail Sphinx * Plate 116
  • — elpenor, Elephant Hawk Moth Plate 122
  • Phalaena ziczac, Pebble Prominent Moth Plate 119
  • — crataegi, Oak Egger Moth Plate 117
  • — meticulosa, Angle Shades Moth Plate 139
  • — dominula, Scarlet Tiger Moth Plate 141
  • — cossus, Goat Moth Plate 114
  • — plantaginis, Small Scarlet Tiger Moth Plate 134
  • — anastomosis, Scarce Chocolate-tip Moth Plate 124
  • — anastomosis, Scarce Chocolate-tip Moth Plate 129
  • — rumicis, Bramble Moth Plate 126
  • — pisi, Grey Dagger Moth Plate 133
  • — chrysitis, Burnished Brass Moth Plate 137
  • — hastata, Argent and Sable Moth Plate 129 Fig. 1. 2. 3.
  • — lunaria, Beautiful Thorn Moth Plate 132
  • — pentadactyla, White Plume Moth Plate 110
  • — hexadactyla, Many-feathered Moth Plate 136
  • — viridana, Small Green Oak Moth Plate 144
  • Ephemera vulgata, Common Ephemera, or May Fly Plate 128
  • Hemerobius hirtus Plate 113
  • [Page]Apis centuncularis, Carpenter Bee Plate 120
  • Musca aurata Plate 142 Fig. 1.
  • Musca semi-argentella Plate 142 Fig. 2. 3.
  • Tabanus caecutiens Plate 131


  • acuminatus, Cimex Plate 118 Fig. 2.
  • aequatus, Curculio Plate 121 Fig. 1. 2.
  • anastomosis, Phalaena, Scarce Chocolate-tip Moth Plate 124
  • anastomosis, Phalaena, Scarce Chocolate-tip Moth Plate 129
  • Argus, Papilio, Common blue Butterfly Plate 143
  • Aurata, Musca Plate 142
  • Bankii, Chrysomela Plate 138 Fig. 4.
  • caecutiens, Tabanus Plate 131
  • capreae, Curculio Plate 121 Fig. 5. 6. 7.
  • centuncularis, Apis, Carpenter Bee Plate 120
  • cerealis, Chrysomela Plate 115
  • chrysitis, Phalaena, Burnished Brass Moth Plate 137
  • chrysorhaea, Sphinx, Golden-tail Hawk Moth Plate 116
  • coccinea, Chrysomela Plate 111 Fig. 5. 6.
  • cossus, Phalaena, Goat Moth Plate 114
  • crataegi, Phalaena, Oak Egger Moth Plate 117
  • dilatata, Cicada Plate 138 Fig. 5.
  • dominula, Phalaena, Scarlet Tiger Moth Plate 141
  • elpenor, Sphinx, Elephant Sphinx Plate 122
  • faciatus, Scarabaeus, Yellow Beetle Plate 140
  • Fullo, Scarabaeus Plate 112
  • hastata, Phalaena. Argent and Sable Moth Plate 129 Fig. 1. 2. 3.
  • hexadactyla, Phalaena, Many-feathered Moth Plate 136
  • hirtus, Hemerobuis Plate 113
  • lacustris, Cimex Plate 118 Fig. 1.
  • [Page]lunaria, Phalaena, Beautiful Thorn Moth Plate 132
  • meticulosa, Phalaena, Angle shade Moth Plate 139
  • nobilis, Cassida Plate 138 Fig. 1. 2. 3.
  • pentadactyla, Phalaena, White Plume Moth Plate 110
  • pisi, Phalaena, Grey Dagger Moth Plate 133
  • plantaginis, Phalaena, Small Scarlet Tiger Moth Plate 134
  • podolirius, Papilio, Scarce Swallow-tail Butterfly Plate 109
  • prasinus, Cimex Plate 123
  • pyri, Curculio Plate 121 Fig. 1. 2.
  • 4. punctata, Chrysomela Plate 111 Fig. 1. 2.
  • rumicis, Phalaena, Bramble Moth Plate 126
  • salicis, Buprestis Plate 127
  • sanguinolenta, Chrysomela Plate 111 Fig. 3. 4.
  • semi-argentata Plate 142 Fig. 2. 3.
  • spicicornis, Cimex Plate 135
  • viridana, Phalaena, Small Green Oak Moth Plate 144
  • viridissimus, Gryllus Plate 130
  • vulgata, Ephemera, Common Ephemera, or May Fly Plate 128
  • ziczac, Phalaena, Pebble Prominent Moth Plate 119


PLATE CXXIV. for Phalaena Anostomosis, read Phalaena Anastomosis.

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