RECORD: Darwin, C. R. n.d. Abstracts of Zoologist 1855-1856. CUL-DAR73.147-148. Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe 3.2014. RN1

NOTE: References:

Newman, E., 1855. South African honey-bee. Zoologist 13: 4675-4676.

Stainton, H.T. 1855. Entomological botany, with more especial reference to the plants frequented by the Tineina. Zoologist 13: 4771-4777.

Wallace, A.R. 1856. Observations on the zoology of Borneo. Zoologist 14: 5113-5117.

Smith, Frederick 1856. On the manner in which Vespa rufa builds its nest. Zoologist 14: 5169-5174

Wallace, A.R. 1856. Accounts of the orang utan, from Annals and Magazine of Natural History 1856: 475. Zoologist 14: 5183-5185.

Stainton, H.T., 1856. Attractiveness of Glyceria fluitans to moths. Zoologist 14: 5210.

Edward, Thomas. 1856. A list of the birds of Banffshire, accompanied with anecdotes. Zoologist 14: 5258-5268.

Reproduced with the permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.


Zoologist vol. 13 & 14. 1855 1856

p. 4676. There is a small honey bee at the C. of Good Hope, sometimes cultivated making hexagonal cells.

p. 4773. H Stainton. It seems clear that the larva of Butalis grandipennis has a decided preference for Ulex nanus over common gorse.

p. 5115. A . Wallace shews that Tropical Heat is not necessary to great brilliancy or size in insects. The borders of the Tropics being more favourable.

p. 5170. F. Smith on Vespa rufa. Queen first makes 3 or 4 cup shaped receptacles about 1/10 inch deep. Outer walls of these have angles of Hexagon as perfect as any.


Zoologist vol. 13 & 14

p. 5172. Do - shews that outer covering of nest of Vespa Rufa is very difft when nest is made in ground or protected in a shed.

p. 5185. A Wallace. Females of two Borneo orangs have subtruncated dilated canine teeth. In males canines are large & conical. Difference is greater between the males than the females of the two species. Bears on origin of Races of man. There is much variation of skulls of males. (Sexual character).

p. 5210. H. Stainton Glyceria fluitans secretes so much honey as to sticky one's hands. very attractive to moths.

p. 5260. Mr T. Edward says Missel thrush has lately increased in Banffshire & "bids fair to outnumber the common species for as the one is gaining ground the other is losing it."

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p. 11. Barren moth

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16 Kestrel breeding in aviary.

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