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Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History)

Darwin's Insects

Charles Darwin's Entomological Notes

Kenneth G. V. Smith (Editor)

Historical series Vol 14 No 1 24 September 1987

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Darwin's Insects

Charles Darwin's Entomological Notes,

with an introduction and comments by

Kenneth G. V. Smith

Department of Entomology

British Museum (Natural History), London SW7 5BD

Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (hist. Ser.) 14(1): 1–143

Issued 24 September 1987

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To Richard Broke Freeman (1915–1986)

'No branch of natural science
has more fully felt the
beneficial impusle and
stimulus of Darwin's labors
than entomology'

C.V. Riley, 1883

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Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Darwin's British Insects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Entomology on the Beagle voyage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Darwin's Insects in the British Museum (Natural History) . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Darwin's Insects in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge . . . . . . . . 24
Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections, University Museum, Oxford . . 29
Darwin's Insects in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin . . . . . . . . . . 30
Darwin's Insects at Down House and elsewhere . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Darwin's Insect Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Eponyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Geographical and Name Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Scientific Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

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The insects collected by Charles Darwin, both on the Beagle voyage and in the United Kingdom, are discussed and their present location indicated. Comments are made on these specimens within the framework of Darwin's entomological notes preserved in London (Insect Notes) and in Cambridge (Insects in Spirits of Wine) published here for the first time. These comments include identification of the insects with published descriptions to date and also present new information on unrecorded material, including new records for the Galapagos Islands and South America. There is some discussion of more general topics including the possibility of insect transmitted Chagas' disease as a cause of Darwin's ill health (see Insect Notes, 2913, 3423). A full list of entomological eponyms formed from Darwin's name is given, along with an extensive bibliography.

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Charles Darwin's interest in entomology began in childhood. In his autobiographical notes (see Darwin, F., 1887, Vol. 1:34) he wrote:

I must have observed insects with some little care, for when ten years old (1819) I went for three weeks to Plas Edwards on the sea coast in Wales, I was very much interested and surprised at seeing a large black and scarlet Hemipterous insect, many moths (Zygaena), and a Cicindela which are not found in Shropshire. I almost made up my mind to begin collecting all the insects which I could find dead, for on consulting my sister I concluded that it was not right to kill insects for the sake of making a collection.

Elsewhere (p. 51) in the autobiography however he says:

I was introduced to entomology by my second cousin, W. Darwin Fox, a clever and most pleasant man, who was then at Christ's College...

Darwin spent much of his spare time at Cambridge (1828–31) collecting beetles with William Fox, Leonard Jenyns, Albert Way and H. Thompson.1 He would also press others into service of 'the science' as he called it so that John Herbert 2 recalled (Darwin, F., 1887, Vol. 1: 168):

and very soon he armed me with a bottle of alcohol, in which I had to drop any beetle which struck me as not of a common kind.

His summer vacations were given up to 'collecting beetles, to some reading, and short tours'. He visited the Reverend F.W. Hope3 who was later to establish the Chair of Entomology at Oxford with J.O. Westwood4 as the first Hope Professor. Hope had a high opinion of Darwin's entomological ability and in July 1829 the two men went on a collecting trip in North Wales.

Darwin's most important contact at Cambridge was Professor J.S. Henslow5 who not only broadened his whole approach to natural history, including entomology, but was instrumental in securing his appointment as naturalist on the Beagle voyage.

While entomology was not the major preoccupation of the Beagle voyage some of the captures and observations were important and played their part in the formulation of his later theories (in contrast to his well-known comment to Lyell in 1863 (Darwin, F., 1887, Vol. 3: 69) that 'entomologists are enough to keep the subject back for half a century'—my italics).

Darwin's contributions to entomology have been briefly assessed by Riley (1883), Poulton (1901), Carpenter (1935, 1936) and Remington & Remington (1961). Freeman (1977) provides a bibliography to Darwin's publications in book form and Barrett (1977) reprints Darwin's contributions to serial publications. Kritsky (1981) gives a brief survey of Darwin's entomological work and includes a useful index to more than 1600 text references to insects contained in Darwin's published works, though mostly in American editions.

The present work indicates the sources of information of Darwin's contributions to entomology and attempts to locate and comment upon the insect specimens collected by Charles Darwin especially during the voyage of the Beagle. The Beagle material is identified within the framework of Darwin's entomological notes preserved in the British Museum (Natural History) (Insect Notes), at the University of Cambridge (Insects in Spirits of Wine) and at Down House (the original Notebooks). The Zoological Diary, preserved in the University of Cambridge, also contains

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entomological notes which are quoted where they are cited in the Insect Notes and not already published in the Journal (Darwin, C., 1845).

Information (see Notes, p. 113) is also given on entomologists and others who collected insect specimens for Darwin or were otherwise involved in his entomological work.

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Darwin's British Insects

Darwin was a fanatical beetle collector and in his Autobiography (Darwin, F., 1887; Vol. 1: 50) he says:

But no pursuit at Cambridge was followed with nearly so much eagerness or gave me so much pleasure as collecting beetles. It was the mere passion for collecting; for I did not dissect them, and rarely compared their external characters with published descriptions, but got them named anyhow. I will give a proof of my zeal: one day, on tearing off some old bark, I saw two rare beetles, and seized one in each hand; then I saw a third and new kind, which I could not bear to lose, so that I popped the one which I held in my right hand into my mouth. Alas! it ejected some intensely acrid fluid, which burnt my tongue so that I was forced to spit the beetle out, which was lost, as was the third one.

He was always searching for new collecting methods and was very proud when his first records appeared in print and goes on to say:

I was very successful in collecting and inventing two new methods; I employed a labourer to scrape during the winter, moss off old trees and place it in a large bag, and likewise to collect the rubbish at the bottom of the barges in which reeds are brought from the fens, and thus I got some very rare species. No poet ever felt more delighted at seeing his first poem published than I did at seeing, in Stephen's 'Illustrations of British Insects', the magic words "captured by C. Darwin, Esq.".

In Stephens, Illustrations of British Entomology (1827–45) the following records (given in quotes by Stephens) are attributed to 'C. Darwin Esq.'. There are several references to these records in the literature but they do not appear to have been listed before. Since in effect they constitute Darwin's first publication (Freeman, 1977: 19) they are listed here with Darwin's original data in large type and (where necessary) equivalent modern nomenclature and comments set below in small type.

Mandibulata vol. 2 (Appendix) (15 June 1829)

[Coleoptera] Carabidae

p. 188. Ocys tempestivus Panzer 'Cambridge'

[Trechus quadristriatus (Schrank)]. Common in dry open country.

p. 191. Blethisa multipunctata L. 'In great abundance near Cambridge in 1829'

A widely distributed but local species usually in open marshy places at the edges of ponds. It is recorded from the Cambridgeshire Fens (Donisthorpe, 1904).

[Col. Haliplidae]

p. 191. Haliplus elevatus Panzer 'Near Cambridge, 1829'

[Brychius elevatus Panzer)]. Common (less so in the north) in running water.

[Col. Dytiscidae]

p. 191. Hygrotus scitulus Spence ms., 'Near Cambridge'

[Hydroporus lepidus Olivier]. Widespread in any kind of clear water.

p. 192. Hydroporus areolatus Duftschmid 'Cambridge'.

[Scarodytes halensis (Fabricius)]. South-east and Eastern England in gravel pits, marsh drains etc.

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p. 194. Colymbetes pulverosus Stephens 'In profusion near Cambridge'

[Rhantus suturalis (Macleay)]. Common in Southern Britain; usually in stagnant or slow-flowing water such as canals.

p. 194. Colymbetes notatus F. 'In abundance near Cambridge'

[Rhantus frontalis (Marsham)]. Scattered distribution in England and Ireland; in fresh and peaty water pools.

p. 194. Colymbetes exoletus Forster. 'Abundantly near Cambridge'

[Rhantus exsoletus (Forster)]. Common in England, Scotland and Ireland.

p. 194. Colymbetes agilis F. 'In profusion near Cambridge in 1829'

[Transferred by Stephens (1829 appendix p. 194) to adspersus F. but referable to Rhantus bistriatus Bergstrasser (Balfour-Browne, 1950: 237)]. Commoner in the north than in the south and a coastal species in Ireland; mainly in acid water.

P. 194. Colymbetes adspersus F. 'Plentiful near Cambridge in 1829'

[Maybe Rhantus aberratus Gemminger & Van Harold but see previous entry]. The true adspersus F. was known as a fen species in East Anglia up to 1829, then it disappeared until one specimen was found in 1904.

p. 195. Hydaticus hybneri F. 'Near Cambridge, 1829'

[Hydaticus seminiger (Degeer)]. Scattered distribution in England as far north as Yorkshire, mostly in fens in the east of England.

p. 195. Dytiscus (Leionotus) conformis Kuntze 'Near Cambridge, not rare, 1829'

[Dytiscus marginalis L.]. For discussion of Kirby's genus Leionotus and Stephens' acceptance of it see Balfour-Browne, 1950: 266, 271 (see also Insect Notes, entries 1324, 1325). Common in stagnant water.

Mandibulata vol. 3 (1830)

[Col., Leiodidae]

p. 7. Ptomaphagus anisotomoides Spence 'Shropshire'

[Nargus anisotomoides (Spence)]. Found among dead leaves, moss, etc.

p. 7. Ptomaphagus wilkinii Spence 'Salop'

[Nargus wilkini (Spence)]. Found among dead leaves, moss, etc.

p. 9. Catops sericeus Paykull 'Cambridge and Salop'

[Ptomaphagus medius Rey]. Found among dead leaves, moss and small carcasses.

p. 14. Choleva angustata F. 'North Wales'

[Choleva angustata (Fabricius)]. Found in plant refuse generally. Fairly common, though local, among dead leaves, moss, etc.

p. 14. Choleva agilis Illiger 'North Wales'

[Choleva agilis (Illiger)]. Fairly common among dead leaves, etc., especially in the south of England.

[Col., Silphidae]

p. 19. Necrophorus interruptus Stephens 'Found with the preceeding [vestigator] but occurs much less frequently.' This record 'Rev. L. Jenyns and C. Darwin Esq.'

[Nicrophorus]. Uncommon, southern counties of England in carcasses.

[Col., Nitidulidae]

p. 33. Nitidula punctatissima Illiger 'Shropshire'

[Soronia punctatissima (Illiger)]. A rare species found at sap in or near larval burrows of the goat moth.

p. 38. Nitidula obsoleta Illiger 'Cambridgeshire and North Wales'

[Epuraea biguttata (Thunberg)]. This genus is found at sap, under bark and in fungi.

p. 41. Nitidula limbata F. 'North Wales'

[Epuraea limbata (Fabricius)]. See previous species.


[Col., Cryptophagidae]

p. 79. Cryptophagus typhae Gyll. 'Cambridgeshire and North Wales'

[Telmatophilus typhae (Fallén)]. Beetles of this genus are found on Typha and other water plants.

[Col., Silvanidae]

p. 104. Crypta bipunctata F. 'Near Cambridge'

[Psammoecus bipunctatus (Fabricius)]. Local but not uncommon in marshy places in the south on reeds and rushes and in litter beneath.

[Col., Histeridae]

p. 154. Hister quadristriatus Paykull 'Barmouth' 'Rev F. W. Hope and C. Darwin, Esq.'

[Hypocaccus rugiceps (Duftschmid)]. Rare, in dung and carrion on sand-hills near the coast.

[Col., Geotrupidae]

p. 182. Geotrupes laevis Haw. 'Barmouth and North Wales' 'Rev F. W. Hope and C. Darwin, Esq.'

[Geotrupes vernalis L.]. Local, though of wide distribution. Occurs in decaying fungi.

[Col., Buprestidae]

p. 242 Trachys pygmaea F. 'Cambridge'

[Trachys troglodytes Gyllenhall]. Widespread in damp, grassy places and sphagnum bogs; can be swept from Succisa pratensis Moench, the larval host-plant and hibernates as an adult in Sphagnum moss.

[Col., Elateridae]

p. 266. Ctenicerus cupreus F. Stephens says:

females generally rare; at least fifty males to one female having usually occurred; but in August, 1829, out of scores of specimens now under my inspection captured by the Rev F. W. Hope and C. Darwin, Esq., in North Wales, scarcely a single male was observed.

[Ctenicera cuprea (Fabricius)]. A species with a generally northern distribution.

p. 278. Campylus linearis L. 'Woods near Cambridge'

[Denticollis linearis (L.)]. Fairly widely distributed but local; a woodland species.

Mandibulata vol. 4 (1831)

[Col., Curculionidae]

p. 117. Otiorhynchus atroapterus Degeer 'Barmouth' 'Rev F. W. Hope and C. Darwin, Esq.'

[Otiorhynchus atroapterus (Degeer)]. Local in sandy places on coast among grass, etc.

[Col., Chrysomelidae]

p. 274. Donacia nigra F. 'Near Cambridge'

[Donacia braccata Scopoli]. Local in the south and East Anglia, usually near the coast.

Haustellata vol. 2 (appendix) (1 June 1829).

[Lep., Noctuidae]

p. 200. Graphiphora plecta L. 'Cambridge'

[Ochropleura plecta (Linnaeus)]. The flame shoulder moth. Common and generally distributed throughout England, Ireland and the mainland of Scotland.


The Stephens collection is in the British Museum (Natural History) (see Hammond, 1972) but contains no Darwin specimens and only a few have been found in Cambridge. Darwin's records were later repeated without his name appended (Stephens, 1839).

There are comments on Darwin's collecting of beetles in Cambridgeshire in The natural history of Wicken Fen (Gardiner & Tansley, 1923–32). In that work Omer Cooper, Perkins & Tottenham record that:

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Darwin gave many records and specimens to Babington Jenyns, and Stephens, whose publication of them in his 'Illustrations' afforded him much gratification.

Of Babington they say:

amassed a remarkably fine collection, but the localities are loosely recorded; in his collection, which is preserved in the University Museum, are specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

Of Jenyns, an intimate friend of Darwin's, they say:

His collection of insects with an excellent manuscript of localities was presented to the Cambridge Philosophical Society in 1865, when he removed from the district.

They list 14 species of Carabidae collected by Darwin (teste Jenyns) and these are included in an assessment of the decline of certain species and the increase of others in Wicken Fen since 1834. The full list of Darwin species follows in alphabetical order of genera with modern equivalent nomenclature given in brackets where necessary: Acupalpus luridus Dejean (=A. flavicollis Sturm), Amara lucidae (Duft.), A. plebeia (Gyll.), Auchomenus atratus Duft. (=Agonum nigrum Dej.), Bembidion adustum Schaum. (=B. semipunctatum Donovan), Chlaenius nigricornis F., Harpalus puncticollis (Payk.), H. punctatulus (Duft.), H. rubripes (Duft.), Pterostichus inaequalis Mshm (=P. longicollis Duft.), P. picimanus (Duft.) (=P. macer Mshm), Stenolophus teutonus (Schrank), S. vespertinus Panz. (=S. mixtus Herbst.). They also list Elaphrus uliginosus F. as teste Stephens, though this does not appear in Stephens' Illustrations of British Entomology.

Another very rare carabid capture of Darwin's (though not mentioned by Omer Cooper et al.) is that of Chlaenius tristis Scheller (as C. holosericeus F.). Donisthorpe (1904) records that Darwin found this species near Cambridge. Lindroth (1974) says of it:

on lake-shores with clayish soil and rich vegetation; often associated with Blethisa.—England: Huntingdon, Cambridge. Wales (doubtful). Ireland. Only old records, possibly extinct.

References to other captures of British beetles are made in the Life and Letters (Darwin, F., 1887, Vol. 1: 51) including the very local Panagaeus cruxmajor (L.) (Carabidae) which Darwin captured in Cambridge. Donisthorpe (1904) says it occurs sparingly at Wicken and other fens under sedge refuse and Lindroth (1974), whom I have followed for most of my comments on Carabidae, notes it as a local species in England up to Yorkshire and from Glamorgan and Ireland.

Francis Darwin (1887, Vol. 2: 140) also records how his father 'revived old knowledge of beetles' in helping his boys in their collecting. He sent a short notice to the Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer 25 June 1859, recording the capture of Licinus silphoides [=Licinus punctatulus F., Carabidae], Clytus mysticus [=Anaglyptus mysticus L., Cerambycidae] and Panagaeus 4-pustulatus [=P. bipustulatus F., Carabidae]. The notice begins with the words 'We are three very young collectors having lately taken in the Parish of Down, &C.', and is signed by three of his boys, but was clearly not written by them (see Darwin, Darwin & Darwin, 1859). The species concerned are all rather local and uncommon.

On the same page of the Life and Letters, in a letter to W.D. Fox, 13 November 1858, Darwin mentions captures of 'Brachinus crepitans' (Carabidae) and 'Licinus' (Carabidae) by his third boy [Francis].

The two separate storeboxes of beetles, one at Down House (Figs 7–8) and one at Cambridge (Figs 5–6), are commented on in the appropriate sections, but it can be assumed that some of his other British beetles are scattered throughout the British collection at the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology. Some Darwin specimens 'ex coll. Jenyns' have been traced in the collection but none of those listed in Babington's notebook.


Between the years 1854 and 1861 Darwin was helped by five or six of his children in observations on the flight routes of male humble-bees (Bombus hortorum L., B. pratorom L. and B. lycorum L). These were never written up for publication in England though a précis was published in Germany along with some of his shorter works by Ernst Krause (see Darwin, C., 1885–86). The original notes have since been published (in English) by Freeman (1968).

In 1980 Richard Treadwell brought into the British Museum (Natural History) a box of microscopical preparations on slides which he claimed had once belonged to Charles Darwin. The box of slides was given to Mr Treadwell by a Miss Dorothea Flower who lived with his great-aunt Mrs Emmerson. Miss Flower told Mr Treadwell that the collection had belonged to Darwin and that 'some were prepared by Charles Darwin'. The slides were mostly typical professionally prepared Victorian slides largely of insect parts, some labelled 'Stanley. Optician, Railway Approach, London Bridge'. Some slides however were obviously 'amateur' preparations. Two of mites bore handwritten labels 'Acari from a partridge' and 'Acarus vegetans'. Photocopies of the labels were sent to P.J. Gautrey and his colleagues at Cambridge who concluded that the handwriting did not match that of Darwin or Syms Covington (his assistant), or Fletcher or Norman, two schoolmasters at Downe who transcribed for Darwin.

Miss Flower died about 1970 having lived at Hurtwood Cottage, Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking since before the Second World War. The house had been owned by her father. He had been a judge and had retired to live in Holmbury just before the war and died sometime between 1940 and 1946. Before moving to Holmbury the family lived in London. I have been unable to trace any connection with Sir William Henry Flower, sometime Director of the British Museum (Natural History) and a friend of Darwin's and the precise history of these slides must remain untold though there is no reason to doubt Mr Treadwell's story.

Mention of British (and other) insects in Darwin's published writings are listed in Kritsky (1981) and his shorter contributions to the serial literature are reprinted in full by Barrett (1977).

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Entomology on the Beagle voyage

On the Beagle voyage entomology took its place with the collection of other animals and plants and all were secondary to geology. Darwin was particularly interested in collecting the smaller, less known, species of insects and wrote to Henslow from Rio de Janeiro on 18 May 1832 (see Barlow, 1967: 55)

I am now collecting fresh-water & land animals: if what was told me in London is true viz that there are no small insects in the collections from the Tropics.—I tell Entomologists to look out & have their pens ready for describing.—I have taken as minute (if not more so) as in England, Hydropori, Hygroti, Hydrobii, Pselaphi, Staphylini, Curculio, Bembididous insects etc etc.—It is exceedingly interesting observing the difference of genera & species from those which I know, it is however much less than I expected.

Later he wrote again to Henslow from Valparaiso in March 1835 (see Barlow, 1967: 101):

In Zoology I have done but very little; excepting a large collection of minute Diptera & Hymenoptera from Chiloe. I took in one day, Pselaphus, Anaspis, Latridius [sic], Leiodes, Cercyon & Elmis & two beautiful true Carabi; I might almost have fancied myself collecting in England.

Collecting methods

Most of the collecting was almost certainly done by Darwin and his servant Syms Covington6 (Fig. 1) together. It was Captain FitzRoy's7 rule that no one went ashore alone and since Covington was in Darwin's pay he was virtually with him at all times (though rarely mentioned by name, see Journal (Darwin, 1845: 52)) without inconvenience to the ship's company. It is probable that some of the collections were made entirely by Syms Covington especially towards the end of the voyage, though only once is this evident from the Insect Notes (see entry 3528). Darwin also went ashore with other members of the ship's company, not always collecting (see Barlow, 1933) though the acting surgeon Benjamin Bynoe8 also made collections of plants and birds.

Sweeping with a net was probably the commonest method of collecting terrestrial insects and a special water net was employed for aquatic species (see Insect Notes entry 529). Larger, more robust, terrestrial insects were probably caught individually with 'fly-nippers' (see comments in Insect Notes entry 3). Advantage was taken of natural 'baits' especially dung, carrion, fungi, flowers and even the contents of spiders' webs (see Insect Notes entry 456). Many of his earlier methods of collecting such as bark stripping and moss-combing are also evident from entries in the Insect Notes. Specimens were also collected in pill-boxes or straight into alcohol (spirits of wine) and some of the more delicate insects such as Diptera were evidently pinned into store-boxes as is suggested in a letter to Henslow (Monte Video, 15 August 1832—see Barlow, 1967: 58):

—Also a good many small beetles in pill boxes: but it is not the best time of year for the latter.—As I have only 3/4 of a case of Diptera etc. I have not sent them.

Return and disposal of collections

During the voyage specimens were sent back to Henslow at Cambridge who had agreed to distribute the specimens to appropriate specialists. The following extract from Darwin's letters to

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Fig. 1 Syms Covington (photograph by courtesy of Mr Brian Sirl).

Henslow (see Barlow, 1967) illustrate how this was effected and some of the considerations involved:

Rio de Janeiro, 16 June 1832 [In letter started 18 May]

I have determined not to send a box till we arrive at Monte Video—it is too great a loss of time both for carpenter and myself to pack up whilst in harbour.

Monte Video, 15 August 1832

I have sent home 4 bottles of animals in spirits I have three more, but would not send them till I had a fourth.—I shall be anxious to know how they fare—

E. Falkland Isd., March 1834

I have forgotten to mention, that for some time past and for the future, I will put a pencil cross on the pill boxes containing insects, as these alone will require being kept particularly dry, it may perhaps save you some trouble.

Valparaiso, March 1835

I shall be obliged to send away one more box; this will be the last, with which I shall trouble you. I am afraid so many boxes must have been very much in your way. I trust they may

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turn out worth their storage. I will write again when this last cargo is sent. You ought to have received about a month since 2 boxes sent by H.M.S. Challenger & before that 2 casks & one jar by H.M.S. Samarang.

On his return to England Darwin was faced with the problem of getting his material identified and wrote to Henslow (Barlow, 1967: 119):

London, 30 October 1836

. . . I have scarcely met anyone who seems to wish to possess any of my specimens. . . . I see it is quite unreasonable to hope for a minute, that any man will undertake the examination of a whole order.—It is clear the collectors so much outnumber the real naturalists, that the latter have no time to spare.—I do not even find that the collections care for receiving the unnamed specimens.—The Zoological Museum [of the Zoological Society] is nearly full & upward of a thousand specimens remain unmounted. I daresay the British Museum would receive them but I cannot feel, from all that I hear, any great respect even for the present state of that establishment.

He goes on to suggest that he stays in Cambridge where he would expect more help than in London and says:

Of the Naturalists F. Hope is out of London, Westwood I have not seen; so about my insects I know nothing.

Then, as now, competent taxonomists were too few and their work-load consequently too great to be able to cope quickly with large expedition collections. Thus, as with Captain Cook's and other famous expeditions, much of Darwin's material became dispersed among available and willing specialists. Darwin was more fortunate than most and the birds, mammals (including fossils), reptiles and fish received excellent treatment in the sumptuous Zoology (Darwin, 1838–43). The insects from the Beagle voyage have received considerable attention as the rest of this paper will show.

In the Centenary History of the Entomological Society of London (Neave et al., 1933: 68–9) it is stated:

Hope announced his intention at the General Meeting on 5th July, 1841, to present his entire collection of British Crustacea to the Society. The next month saw the presentation by Darwin of the insects collected on the voyage of the Beagle, and it appears that on his return from his famous voyage, Darwin was much exercised in his mind as to the disposal of his collections. For some reason he was not anxious to present them to the National Collection at the British Museum, and portions of them were presented to this Society, and, as may be seen from the Centenary History of the Zoological Society of London, others were handed over to that body. As is well known, however, the more valuable portions of both these collections eventually reached the British Museum.

However, in the Centenary History of the Zoological Society of London (Mitchell, 1929: 104) it is recorded that Darwin decided against giving his specimens to the Museum of the Zoological Society.

Not all of Darwin's material reached the British Museum and some of the specimens that did were again dispersed to other specialists so that collections have been located in Cambridge, Oxford, Dublin and elsewhere. Material in the British Museum is considered first.

The localities in which insects were collected on the Beagle voyage are shown on the maps (Figs 2–4, 19) and an itinerary of the voyage is given here since this is not easily interpreted from the Insect Notes.


Fig. 2 Simplified route of the voyage of the Beagle.

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Fig. 3 South America showing the localities mentioned in the Insect Notes.


Fig. 4 Tierra del Fuego showing localities mentioned in the Insect Notes and other items of Darwin interest.

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Itinerary of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle from Dec. 27, 1831 to Oct. 2, 1836
(After Barlow, 1967)

Left Arrived At sea On land
Devonport, Cape Verde Is., 21 days 21 days
Dec. 27, 1831 Jan. 18, 1832
C. Verde Is., Bahia, Brazil, 20 days 19 days
Feb. 8, 1832 Feb. 28
Bahia, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, 18 days 91 days
Mar. 18 Apr. 5
Rio de Janeiro, Monte Video, 21 days 24 days
Jul. 5 Jul. 26
Monte Video, Bahia Blanca, 18 days 41 days
Aug. 19 Sept. 6
Bahia Blanca, Monte Video, 16 days 24 days
Oct. 17 Nov. 2
Monte Video, T. del Fuego, 20 days 72 days
Nov. 26 Dec. 16, 1832
T. del Fuego, Falkland Is., 3 days 35 days
Feb. 26, 1833 Mar. 1
Falkland Is., Maldonado 22 days 86 days
Apr. 6 (near Monte Video),
Apr. 28
Maldonado, Rio Negro, 11 days 122 days
Jul. 23 Aug. 3
Monte Video, Port Desire, 17 days 12 days
Dec. 6 Dec. 23, 1833
Port Desire, Port St Julien 5 days 10 days
Jan. 4, 1834 (110 miles south),
Jan. 9
Port St Julien Str. of Magellan 10 days 9 days
Jan. 19 (via Falkland Is.),
Jan. 29
Str. of Magellan Falkland Is., 3 days 28 days
Mar. 7 Mar. 10
Falkland Is., Santa Cruz River, 6 days 29 days
Apr. 7 Apr. 13
Santa Cruz, Chiloe, 47 days 15 days
May 12 Jun 28 (many landings in Straits)
Chiloe, Valparaiso, 18 days 102 days
Jul. 13 Jul. 31
Valparaiso, Chiloe, 11 days 106 days
Nov. 10 (Illness) Nov. 21 1834
Chiloe, Valdivia, 4 days 14 days
Feb. 4, 1835 Feb. 8
Valdivia, Concepcion, 10 days 3 days
Feb. 22 Mar. 4 (Earthquake)
Concepcion, Valparaiso, 4 days 117 days
Mar. 7 Mar. 11 (S. Jago)
Copiapò, Iquiqui, 6 days 3 days
Jul. 6 Jul. 12


Left Arrived At sea On land
Iquiqui, Gallao, for Lima, 4 days 50 days
Jul. 15 Jul. 19
Gallao, Galapagos, 9 days 34 days
Sept. 7 Sept. 16
Galapagos, Tahiti, 26 days 11 days
Oct. 20 Nov. 15
Tahiti, New Zealand, 26 days 9 days
Nov. 26 (Bay of Islands)
Dec. 21
New Zealand, Sydney, 13 days 18 days
Dec. 30, 1835 Jan. 12, 1836
Sydney, Hobart, Tasmania, 3 days 15 days
Jan. 30 Feb. 2
Hobart, St George's Sound, 14 days 11 days
Feb. 17 Australia,
Mar. 3
St George's Sound, Keeling I., 19 days 10 days
Mar. 14 Apr. 2
Keeling I., Mauritius, 17 days 11 days
Apr. 12 Apr. 29
Mauritius, C. of Good Hope, 22 days 18 days
May 9 May 31
C. of Good Hope, St Helena, 19 days 7 days
Jun. 18 Jul. 7
St Helena, Ascension, 5 days 4 days
Jul. 14 Jul. 19
Ascension, Bahia, Brazil, 9 days 5 days
Jul. 23 Aug. 1
Bahia, Brazil, Pernambuco, 6 days 5 days
Aug. 6 Aug. 12
Pernambuco, Porto Praya, 18 days 16 days
Aug. 17 C. Verde Is.,
Sept. 4
Terceira, Azores, Falmouth, 12 days
Sept. 20 Oct. 2, 1836

Paradiz (1981) treats the South American journeys in detail and gives clear maps with modern spellings and notes on the variation of place names. Some of his dates of landfall and departure differ slightly from the itinerary given above and are probably more correct.

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Darwin's Insects in the British Museum (Natural History)

Although Darwin did not hold the specialists in the British Museum in high esteem this was not so of G.R. Waterhouse10 as I have recorded elsewhere (Smith 1982a). Waterhouse was Keeper of Mineralogy and Geology in the British Museum from 1851 to 1880 and curator of the Royal Entomological Society's insect collections on its foundation. It was no doubt in the latter role that Darwin entrusted many insects to him and that through him many specimens came to be in the British Museum. Lea (1926) notes, quoting G.J. Arrow, 'Darwin did not give his collection to the Museum, but allowed different individuals to take particular groups which interested them, and the unsorted mass of minute specimens was given to G.R. Waterhouse, only coming here in 1887'. The Entomological Society collections were eventually dispersed; firstly the exotic species in 1858, then the British and certain historic specimens in 1863. The Museum purchased 5628 insects in 1858 (BM accession no. 1858–60) and in 1863 (1863–44) a series of 199 insects, of various orders, collected chiefly by Darwin during the Beagle voyage and including the types of species described by G.R. Waterhouse, J.O. Westwood and E. Newman.

The following list of summarized entries from the Museum Accession Registers indicates the numbers of Darwin insect specimens and the source of their origin.

1837.1.–1 1 specimen of Chiasognatus grantii Chiloe Pres. by C. Darwin
2 2 specimen of Chiasognatus grantii Chiloe Pres. by C. Darwin
1842.14.– 4 species of Coleoptera [names listed] Tierra del Fuego Pres. by C. Darwin. Originals of Mr Waterhouse's descriptions in the Annals & Magazine of Natural History, Vol. 9, April 1842.
1845.63.– 115 Coleoptera [names all listed] [Various Beagle localities] Pres. by C. Darwin. Originally described by Mr. Waterhouse in Annals & Magazine of Zoology & Botany
13 Diptera Galapagos
2 Orthoptera Galapagos
1 Libellula Galapagos
1 Xylocopa Galapagos
44 Hemiptera Galapagos
3 Aptera Galapagos
1845.68.– 26 Diptera Montevideo Presented by Charles Darwin
7 Hymenoptera Montevideo
6 Orthoptera Montevideo
10 Aptera Montevideo
3 Hemiptera Montevideo
1845.81.– Ixodes St Paul's I Presented by Charles Darwin Esq
1 Staphylinus St Pauls I
2 Olfersia St Pauls I
1845.118.– 5 beetles [names listed] Valparaiso and Pt Desire Pres. by C. Darwin. Originally described by Mr Waterhouse in Ann. of Nat. Hist.


1846.38.– 9 Lepidoptera Pt Famine, S. America Presented by Charles Darwin Esq from the voyage of the Beagle
10 Lepidoptera Monte Video
4 Lepidoptera St Iago
2 Lepidoptera Keeling Is
1 Lepidoptera Galapagos
5 Lepidoptera Southern part of S. America
1848.95.– 3 Cleridae 1 Sydney, 1 V.D's land, 1 Mt Wellington Presented by C. Darwin Esq.
1 Entomoderes erebi Solier Mendoza
1858.60.– 5031 insects [some listed by name] Various localities Purchased at sale of Entomological Society
1863.44.– 9 beetles [names listed] [Various Beagle localities] Collected by Charles Darwin on his late voyage of the Beagle; described by Revd W. Hope. For the continuation of this entry see Folio 839
[on page 839 the names of a further 175 beetles are listed] [Various Beagle localities] Type specimens of species described by Messrs Waterhouse, Westwood & Newman in the Annals of Nat. History, Entomologist & collected principally by C. Darwin Esq. in the voyage of the Beagle
1885.100.– 1 Forficula sp. Rio de Janeiro Presented by G. R. Waterhouse.
2 Forficula sp. Patagonia (?) Collected by C. Darwin in the Forest in June.
1885.119.– 500 insects Various localities Presented by G.R. Waterhouse Esq. Collected by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. See Ins. Room List p. 93

Many beetles seem also to have passed, through G.R. Waterhouse, directly into the Coleoptera collections. These are not covered by numbers in the Museum Accession Register but are recorded in a volume of 'Accessions to the collection of Coleoptera 1870–1909', kept in the Coleoptera section. These entries are as follows:

1871.2 17 Elateridae S. America Presented by Chas Darwin. Collected by Mr Darwin. Not to be Rep. 10th/71
1871.7 3 Elateridae New Zealand do. Not to be Reported May 1st 71
1871.17 2 Systolosoma brevis Solier Chile Presented C. Darwin, collected C. Darwin through Mr Waterhouse.
11 Lebiinae S. America Not to be reported
2 Tautocerastes patagonicus St Cruz
1873.8. 50 Hydradephaga Patagonia etc Presented by C. Darwin, Esq. through G.R. Waterhouse
1875.35 29 Coleoptera [names listed] all C. Waterhouse species Terra del Fuego, Valparaiso and Falkland Is Presented by G.R. Waterhouse collected by Mr Charles Darwin. Described in a paper read at the Entomological Society Nov. 3rd 1875 [see Waterhouse, C.O., 1875]
1875.36 [1751 Coleoptera] [Various localities and sources, some Darwin] Presented by G. R. Waterhouse

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1877.1 4 Coleoptera 6 Coleoptera [a list of the names of the 8 species follows] James I. Galapagos Charles Island Presented by C. Darwin Esq, through G. R. Waterhouse. Not Rep.
1878.43 1 Strina aurichalcea Cape of Good Hope Presented G. R. Waterhouse, coll. by C. Darwin, Esq. Not to be reported
1879.34 17 Coleoptera [names listed] types of F. Waterhouse Cape of Good Hope, E. Falklands, Rio and St Helena Presented by G. R. Waterhouse collected by C. Darwin Esq, described by F. H. Waterhouse in the Linnean Journal
1880.67 1 Moluris [Tenebrionidae] S. Africa Presented by Chas Darwin Esq. This is the specimen referred to in the popular account in the Naturalist Oct or Nov. [Dec., p. 76 by S. D. Bairstow]
1887.42 2000 Coleoptera Various localities Presented by G. R. Waterhouse Esq. Collected by Charles Darwin in the Voyage of the Beagle

The '1871.2' entry also includes some Coleoptera from St Helena (see Insect Notes entry 3730).

It is not clear what the 'not to be reported' comment means against several of these entries. Perhaps it kept the material temporarily more freely available for loan to outside specialists if it remained among unofficial accessions. Some accessions of Waterhouse types (e.g., 1875–36) contain Darwin material although there is no indication of this in the entry (see Insect Notes entry 2303 under Adioristus).

Labelling of specimens

The majority of the specimens in the BM collections have printed BM data labels indicating the country, locality and the name C. Darwin. Often the BM accession number is also given on a separate printed label though sometimes this is handwritten. Some specimens do not have printed labels and these can be difficult to find, all the labels being handwritten (by Darwin (rarely), Waterhouse and others) and sometimes folded. Labels bearing the name of the species are frequently handwritten. The distinctive labels of other museums are described under the appropriate sections.

Some specimens bear original 'Darwin' labels and numbers, which link them directly to the Insect Notes entries described later. These labels are as follows:

(1) Original handwritten locality labels (by Darwin or Syms Covington but usually by others) (Figs 11, 19). Sometimes these may have a BM accession number written later or on the verso.

(2) A label bearing a handwritten (rarely by Darwin or Syms Covington and usually by later 'curators') number between 1 and 3868 usually on white paper or occasionally on coloured paper conforming to the code range described for the printed numbers below, but the number given in full (see Figs 11, 19).

(3) Printed numbers (Fig. 19) can usually be taken at face value if on white paper. If on red coloured paper then 1000 must be added to the number printed thereon, 2000 added for green and 3000 added for yellow (I have only seen written numbers on yellow paper; see Insect Notes, entry 2523). A clue to this numbering code is given in entry 325 in the Insect Notes, and it is described in Darwin's specimen catalogue in the University Library at Cambridge. In the University Museum of Zoology at Cambridge are specimens with small green labels bearing numbers but these are not Darwin's and are dealt with in the section on the Cambridge material.


Other comments on labels are given immediately before the Insect Notes.

There are certainly other undetected Darwin specimens scattered throughout the BM collections, especially in the unidentified accessions. While it has been relatively easy to locate material on which published descriptions are based, there has been difficulty in locating non-type material. Specimens representing published misidentifications have frequently been subsequently re-identified and moved to an unexpected place in the collection. However most groups have been scanned, and at least for the Neotropical Coleoptera it has been possible to comment on most of the entries in the Insect Notes.

Where specimens have not been located it has frequently been possible to interpolate the identity of some entries from published sources, especially the Journal (Darwin, 1845). Often the very nature of the entry in the Insect Notes has provided clues leading to a successful search for material in the collections.

Some specimens that were once in the collection have obviously been removed, probably for exhibition purposes on the occasion of a Darwin anniversary (see Ridewood, 1909: 23) or even in exchanges with other museums. Name labels with only pin-holes above them provide strong evidence for this (e.g. Insect Notes entry 5).

There is also evidence that Darwin specimens from the BM have 'found their way' into other collections, probably before the establishment of a proper loans system, but have 'returned home' in due course (see Insect Notes entries 2303, 2308 under Adioristus, Col., Curculionidae). There are also specimens in the David Sharp collection (BM 1905–313; see entry 618 under Nitidulidae).

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Darwin's Insects in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

In the main collection of the Zoology Museum at Cambridge are Beagle specimens of water beetles and water bugs as follows:—

Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae: 104 specimens representing 20 species; Gyrinidae: 21 specimens representing 7 species.

Hemiptera, Pelogonidae: 2 specimens representing 1 species (?); Corixidae: 1 specimen, unidentified.

These mostly bear a printed label as shown in the notes quoted and may have small green labels with numbers in the range 1–51, though no specimens were found with the numbers 1, 2, 9, 18, 26, 29, 32 or 41 (though the Corixid bears a white printed 41 which does not fit a Darwin entry—see entries 210, 677). Other specimens without numbers are present and probably all had numbers originally. Some specimens also carry printed numbers relating to the Darwin notebooks and Insect Notes. The specimens also bear A. Knisch (Hydrophilidae) or A. Zimmerman (Gyrinidae) det. labels (see entries in the main Insect Notes).

These specimens were formerly housed in a small box labelled as follows:

To Dr Sharp. I send the first contribution to an Entom. Library. Also Darwin's aquatics from S. America. The tickets are no[t] intelligible to me. I have no corresponding notes. C.C. Babington9

To this has been added a note by Hugh Scott:

These insects have since been named and incorporated in the general exotic collection. Though said to be from "S. America" (whence most undoubtedly are) they include certain species which can scarcely have been from that Continent: Sternolophus solieri, Cast., known from Afr. and Syria, and Paranacaena sp., a genus known (otherwise) only from Australia (both Hydrophilidae). The series included one or two Hemiptera fam. Pelogonidae. H.S. 24.4.1922

In the Cambridge Museum Register 14 November 1912 the following supplementary notes by Hugh Scott are given, dated 24 October 1922:

These were formerly kept in a small box, just as they were handed to Dr Sharp by Prof. C.C. Babington. They were sent by Darwin to Professor Babington, and passed on by him to Dr Sharp, with the label which is stuck in below. They have now (1922) been named and incorporated in the general foreign beetle collection, the old pins being kept and the following label attached

South America

Charles Darwin

Voyage of the


Reg. 14.xi.1912

They will be found under families Hydrophilidae and Gyrinidae [Darwin's Dytiscidae are in Brit. Mus. They were worked out by Babington and publd in Tr. Ent. Soc. iii, 1941,


pp. 1–17, Pl.1], also two or three bugs (Hemiptera) under (Pelogonidae and Corixidae). Re localities: Babington's note reads "from South America", and nearly all undoubtedly are South American. But the following are not from that continent: Sternolophus solieri, Cast. (Hydrophilidae; Africa & Syria); Paranacaena sp. (Hydrophilidae; genus known only from Australia); Dineutes subspinosus, Klug (Gyrinidae; Africa, Syria, India) and Dineutes aereus, Klug (Africa). These were probably got when the "Beagle" visited countries within their range.—The numbers borne by the specimens were not intelligible by Babington. In 1917 the collection was examined by G.C. Champion, who by consulting old literature was able to fix the localities of the big Gyrinid Enhydrus sulcatus, Wied., of Gyrinus ovatus, Aubé and of Gyretes glabratus, Régimbart; he attached the labels "Rio de Janeiro, C. Darwin" to these, but did not think the rest could be traced [see over page].

The full list is as follows:—[HYDROPHILIDAE] Berosus (Enoplurus) reticulatus, Knisch; Berosus (s.str.) sticticus, Boh. and its aberrations confinis, Knisch, and aberrans, Knisch; Derallus rudis, Sharp; Hydrous ater, Ol., *Hydrous (Diboloceles) palpalis, Brullé; Neohydrophilus politus, Cast.; Tropisternus (Cyphosternus) lateralis, Fabr.; Tr. nitidulus, Brullé; Tr. (s.str.) collaris, Fabr.; Tr. laevis, Sturm, (=nitens, Cast.); Tr. setiger, Germar; *Sternolophus solieri, Cast.; Limnoxenus sp.; Paracymus (s.str.) debilis, Sharp; P. (s.str.) armatus, Sharp; Paranacaena sp; Enochrus (Lumetrus) vulgaris, Stein; E. (L.) affinis, Stein; Hugoscottia darwini, Knisch; Helobata (Helopeltis) striata, Brullé; [GYRINIDAE] *Dineutes aereus, Klug; *Dineutes subspinosus, Klug; *Enhydrus sulcatus, Wied.; Macrogyrus ellipticus, Brullé; Gyrinus parcus, Say; *G. ovatus, Aubé; *Gyretes glabratus, Régimbart.

Two kinds of printed numbers are attached; some specimens have numbers in large type, on (discoloured) white paper; these numbers correspond to Darwin's MS. Register in Brit. Mus. (Insect Dept.), and the data have been copied (1.xi.1922) from that register and attached to the specimens. The species under which such specimens stand are marked with an asterisk on the preceding page [there are numbers in similar large type on certain of Darwin's named Dytiscidae in Brit. Mus.]. Most of the numbers used are, however, in smaller type, on greenish-blue paper, with a printed line above and to one side of them. Of these there is at present no explanation, nor is it known when and by whom they were attached. They form a sequence from 1–51. Many specimens have no number. None have Darwin's MS. locality-labels, as the Brit. Mus. specimens have; except in the case of those with the big-type numbers, therefore, the evidence that they were Darwin's rests at present on Babington's covering label, & the similar nature of the pins, &c.

The presence of 'Darwin' numbers has enabled nine species to be assigned with certainty to entries in Darwin's Insect Notes. The other species have been interpolated and the following entries in the Notes should be consulted to account fully for these Cambridge specimens: 210, 213–9, 432–3, 446–8, 554–5, 573, 875, 1305, 1314, 3528, 3635.

There is also a small storebox (Figs 5–6) containing British beetles in the Museum of Zoology. The majority are ground beetles (Carabidae) and dung beetles (Scarabaeidae, etc.). Some of the species, though perhaps not the actual specimens recorded by Stephens are represented. There is an entry in the Museum Register regarding this collection dated 30 April 1913:

Small collection of British beetles, made by Charles Darwin. The beetles were originally in a cabinet, until in the early '70s G.R. Crotch removed some or all of them into boxes, with the intention of arranging and renaming them. Only one box has been found, which was given to the Museum as Crotch left it, some of the beetles being named in Crotch's handwriting, others with printed labels. Whether the latter were Darwin's or Crotch's naming is not known. Donated by Sir Francis Darwin, F.R.S.

Crotch also gave Darwin beetles during the writing of the Descent where Darwin (1871: 379, footnotes 70 and 72 relating to stridulatory mechanisms in the Coleoptera) says:

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Figure 5

Figs 5–6 The store-box of British beetles at Cambridge: 5, left hand 6, right hand, sides (by courtesy of the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology).


Figure 6

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I am greatly indebted to Mr G. R. Crotch for having sent me numerous prepared specimens of various beetles belonging to these three families [Crioceridae, Chrysomelidae, Tenebrionidae] and others, as well as for valuable information of all kinds . . . I am also much indebted to Mr. E. W. Janson for information and specimens . . . In Carabidae I have examined Elaphrus uliginosus and Blethisa multipunctata, sent to me by Mr Crotch.

A biographical note on Crotch is given by Smart & Wager (1977). See also under Darwin's British Insects for Cambridge holdings of Darwin material.

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Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections, University Museum, Oxford

The type specimens of various species described by F.W. Hope from Darwin material are present in the British Museum (Natural History) (e.g. Calosoma patagoniense Hope). However some of the material sent to Hope by Waterhouse remains in Oxford and according to a letter from Darwin to Hope postmarked 22 June 1837 this consisted of insects collected at Sydney, Hobart and King George's Sound (Poulton, 1909: 202). Some of these unidentified specimens have been removed from the general collection and are now kept in separate cabinets and include some Homoptera from Sydney and Hobart and a Chalcidoid Hymenopteran from Sydney. There are some unidentified Reduviidae (Heteroptera) from Sydney remaining in the general collections. In the Darwin-Hope letter mentioned there is also reference to some Coleoptera of which the 'carabi' were to be returned but these have not been located at Oxford and are probably back in the British Museum. Some Australian Coleoptera and Homoptera were described by G.R. Waterhouse (1838, 1839) and are listed (see Insect Notes entry 3528 etc.) with some other insects found.

Of greater interest is the presence of some Darwin insects in the Denny collection. Following information from F.G.A.M. Smit that he had seen a Darwin flea in that collection some 25 years ago, the flea was located in the Denny slide collection and is a female Pulex irritans L. from Chiloe mounted on a slide and represents entry 2561 in Darwin's Insect Notes. In the general Diptera collection at Oxford there is a drawer of Diptera and Siphonaptera which has inside a label indicating that the Denny fleas were sent to Rothschild in 1915. However no Darwin fleas have been located among the Rothschild collection in the British Museum. Since Denny was a specialist on lice, I searched for that order and found six specimens in the pinned part of the Denny collection (Insect Notes entries 1044, 1336, 1395, 2153 and 2561, and entry 658 in the Spirits of Wine List). Hitherto only one Darwin louse had been found (in the BM, see Insect Notes entry 1044).

Other Darwin insects will no doubt be found in the Hope Collections as G.R. Waterhouse says (1839: 189) of the insects included there:

. . . insects were therefore returned to the friends who had been so kind as to lend them to me. I may remark that the greater proportion of them were from the collection of our liberal president, the Rev. F.W. Hope.

and later (1841: 121) under Feronia cordicollis:

A specimen of this species has been sent to Mr Hope with the specific name of obsidianus but I have not yet found it described under that name.

Poulton (1910: 16) records Diptera used in various exhibits to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Darwin's birth but the only member of this order located at Oxford is a Bathypogon sp. (Asilidae) found in the Bigot Collection by Greg Daniels (see entries 3524–3526).

Audrey Z. Smith (1986), Hope Librarian and Administrator, has published a history of the Hope Entomological Collections and may locate other Darwin material, but this will probably all be Australian.

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Darwin's Insects in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

In 1971 Dr Martin Speight drew my attention to some boxes of insects in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, which appeared to have been collected by Darwin on the Beagle voyage. Investigations proved this to be so and the material was examined and the results are incorporated in comments in the Insect Notes. The specimens were mostly small Diptera and Hymenoptera which Francis Walkers11 had sent to A.H. Haliday12 for identification. Francis Walker had described many of Darwin's insects (see References) but the collections he sent to Haliday appear to consist of the smaller fry mostly covered by general entries in the Insect Notes based on general sweeping in Bahia, Brazil; Chiloe Island, Chile; Galapagos Islands; Hobart; Tasmania; King George's Sound and Sydney, Australia; New Zealand and St Helena. However there were some specimens referring to individual entries in the diaries of greater interest.

The story of the disposal of these specimens can be gleaned from correspondence from Walker to Haliday (Haliday Correspondence, Vol. 2) preserved in the Library of the Royal Entomological Society of London as follows:

Arnos Grove,


8 March 1837

... Mr Darwin (grandson of the celebrated doctor Darwin) who has been travelling for the few past years through the E and W coasts of South America and the Pacific Isles and N. Holland and has made numerous interesting discoveries in geology and zoology—has lately returned to England with his collections—He has entrusted the insects to Waterhouse who will describe the Coleoptera. I was so interested in the chalcidites that I have acceded to W's request that I should describe them. He is at a loss what to do with the Muscidae, Ichneum adscits [?] Thrips (of which there are some Fitans [?] half an inch long) etc—and wishes me to offer them to you to describe in whatever Ent work you please, he would like to have an answer soon. I think you will find them very interesting and we can easily send them to you.

The next letter is dated 27 May 1837 and is written from the same address. It begins:

My Dear Haliday,

I have delayed writing to you till I could procure some of Darwin's insects to accompany my package. Waterhouse has been very busy so he requested me to pick out and mount some. Having done this I sent you a few near a fortnight ago per Belfast steamer, with the other insects that I promised, also one parcel from Mr Curtis and two from Mr Rudd [or Budd?]. Waterhouse requests that you will keep the No. attached to each lot as Darwin has MSS notes attached to some. He will I believe make an application to government to patronize the publication of his travels, if he succeeds all these specific descriptions will of course be included therein.

Later in the same letter he says:—

I do not remember any recent works on Hymenoptera or Diptera of the regions where Darwin has travelled. There may be a few in the 10th Vol of the Encycl. Method.* and in Fabr Syst Piezat† which I will send to you if you have them not.

* Encyclopédie Méthodique . . . Paris & Liege, 1789–1828.

† Fabricius, J.C., Systema Piezatorum. . ., Brunsvigae, 1804.


Later in this letter Walker says he will take specimens to Liverpool in September. The correspondence shows clearly that Walker and Haliday expected to meet at the Liverpool meeting, in September, of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (of which they were both Life Members).

The next letter was written on 15 July 1837 from the same address. It begins:

My Dear Haliday

I have received your kind letter announcing the safe arrival of the insects etc. I am sorry to hear that your health has suffered and I fear that this is partly occasioned by working too closely at the minute Hymenoptera which I have inflicted upon you. I well remember to have seen a figure of Dicera and to have been struck with its singularity, but I did not recognize it among Darwin's insects. Of these I have a few more Diptera etc for you which I had set before I received your letter. Darwin still has multitudes of them, and if I can procure them for Waterhouse before I leave I will bring them in pill boxes as you advise.

Later in this letter he says:

Almost all that I have seen of Darwin's Diptera are as minute as those that you have. The chalcidites also are generally remarkable for their identity with the British forms. And the same may be said of the Coleoptera among which the species of Scymnus are very numerous. On a recent coral isle [St. Pauls] the only insects were bird parasites and a few Coprophagi such as a Staphylinus (Philonthus or Quedius) etc. Another isle the only species of insect was a small ant.

The next letter is written from 49 Bedford Square and is dated 19 December 1837. It includes the following:

I have told Darwin and Waterhouse about the Diptera, and they have looked out some more for you and will have them ready in a few days and I will send them to you before a month hence, also a parcel which Curtis tells me he has ready for you.

This letter goes on to show that the two correspondents did in fact meet in Liverpool the previous September. And also states:

I now have a lot of MSS waiting to be published in the Ent. Mag., and I must send the description of Darwin's Chalcidites to the Linn. Society or elsewhere.

Later he continues:

I will write to you again when Darwin's insects are ready and will send the parcel to the Belfast steamer office directed to Mr Gordon for you.

The next letter is dated 17 February and post-marked 1838. It begins:

I have hitherto delayed replying to your letter of December last that I might obtain as many as possible of Darwin's Diptera etc to form part of the parcel that I have just forwarded to you.'

The letter discusses some of the insects which are in the parcel and then continues:

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In the box also are all Darwin's Diptera yet unpacked. He has plenty more but they are in little boxes mixed with other insects and he is about to have them all mounted and then sorted. Those from the Galapagos are all the Diptera I have found among the insects yet mounted. The man employed unfortunately put them into water but he will know better in future. Though the Galapagos are situate under the line yet the insects found therein are very like those of the temperate climes and so it is with other little isles that are far from the mainland.

Later this letter continues:

I have placed a few of Darwin's chalcids in the box for your examination. Figures of some of them would be very interesting excepting No. 1 they all appear to belong to the family Eucharidae of which I have seen no European specimens. In the structure of the head, antennae and abdomen they much resemble Figites etc.

Later he continues:

The steamer with the box will leave London tomorrow.

And later again:

Have you determined where you will publish Darwin's insects? I have got ready enough MSS in British Chalcid to last the Ent. Mag. for a couple of years and I wish to publish Darwin's Chalcids somewhere else.

In a letter dated 29 July 1839 Walker writes:

My descriptions of Darwins Chalcides are printed and will be published immediately. I have all the specimens in my possession and I will forward them to you together with all my own collection and they will be speedily followed by the few remnants that I have left. you are quite welcome to retain mine as long as you feel inclined and what I ask of you is in plain words that you will point out my errors, supply my omissions, reunite the species that I have cut up and divide into groups the overpopulous and disordered genera. Your drawings of the genera would be most suitably accompanied by such an essay . . . . I have about half a dozen more of Darwins insects for you.

The drawings referred to in this letter would be those which subsequently appeared in The Entomologist (see Walker, 1840–42).

Various labels in the boxes indicate that the specimens had been seen (though not studied or recorded) by several specialists over the years. In box number 546 (H.28) was a label 'There is no doubt these are some of Charles Darwin's insects collected on cruise of the Beagle. See Hal. diary for date of receipt of same from F. Walker. A.W. Stelfox. 1932'. Beneath this label is another 'All these certainly not European (Collin)' this would be J.E. Collin, the Dipterist. There is also a label with printed 'Haliday' and written on 'Miscellanea (chiefly Diptera) numbered 3527, 3523, 2368, 2369'. The specimens are grouped in blocks around single labels bearing these numbers (including also 3528) which refer to Darwin's notes. In box H[aliday] 24 (542) there is a note 'seen by Prof. Westwood 1885–6' and written on the bottom of the box 'Coll by Charles Darwin when in the "Beagle" AWS.' This box also contains some Walker insects from Finmark. The specimens in this box are pinned in fairly orderly columns above the labels which bear written numbers and locality data.


Fig. 7 The contents of 'box 73' from the Haliday collection in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. The specimens from St Vincent or with numbers in the sixteen hundreds are not Darwin material. The Darwin specimens include Hymenoptera of the subfamily Braconinae from Brazil and the Galapagos Islands and some Diptera (Chloropidae and Agromyzidae) from New Zealand. See Insect Notes 3363, 3416, 3528, 3859, and 3860.

A box numbered 555 (R.H.5) is divided inside by the pinned-in labels 'Box 73' and 'Box 69' and the former section is further labelled on the bottom of the box 'undoubtedly some of Charles Darwin's insects A.W.S.'. Also in the 73 section is a Haliday label 'Brazil (b) N. Zealand I. St. Vincent etc etc'. Of these the St Vincent specimens are not Darwin material (Fig. 7).

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Box number 566 (H.68) contains Diptera, some bearing individual handwritten data labels and others either bear or stand over Darwin printed numbers. Boxes 536 (H.17) and 538 (H.20) contain parasitic Hymenoptera bearing 'Darwin' numbers 3524, 3858–3861.

All this material is included in the appropriate entries in the Insect Notes. In addition to the above more obvious material there may be Darwin specimens, as yet unrecognized, scattered elsewhere among the Haliday collection. General comments on the Haliday collection are given by O'Connor & Nash (1982).

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Darwin's Insects at Down House and elsewhere

At Down House there is a storebox of beetles (Figs 8–9) which has been illustrated and variously reported in the literature as containing specimens from the Beagle voyage (e.g. Huxley & Kettlewell, 1965). However, with one exception, these insects are all British species and lack data, though some stand over printed name labels. The one non-British specimen, the largest in the box, I had taken to be a battered female of Chiasognathus grantii Stephens when I examined the specimen (see Insect Notes, entry 2110). However my colleague R.D. Pope, on seeing the photograph identified it as Euchirus longimanus L. (Scarabaeidae). This is certainly not a Beagle specimen as the species occurs in Amboina Ceram. Darwin quotes Wallace's observations on stridulation in this beetle in the Descent (Darwin, 1871: Vol. 1, 381) and it may be that Wallace gave him this specimen or it may have come from the entomological dealer E.W. Janson who supplied him with various horned beetles at this time (see Stecher, 1969: 113).

The British beetles in the box are mostly common species and probably represent his own collecting unless the named specimens form part of the gift of c. 160 species he received from Hope (see Darwin, F., 1887). Neither the species recorded by Stephens (1827–45) nor the species recorded so enthusiastically in the Life and Letters (Darwin, F., 1887) are present.

In Down House there is also a small oval box of European beetles on display. These are obviously the Scarabaeidae that Darwin studied for the chapter on sexual selection in Vol. 1 of the Descent, i.e. Bubas bison Boucomont (now in Onthophagus), Oryctes grypus Illiger (=nasicornis L.), Lethrus cephalotes Acharius and Geotrupes stercorarius L. Labels are present in the box but not all attached to the specimens. There is also a label for the moth Lampronia calthella L. (now in Micropterix) recorded as eating the pollen of Mercurialis in Cross & Self Fertilization (Darwin, 1888: 421).

Other locations

Bynoe (the acting surgeon—see Notes p. 113) collected plants, birds and possibly minerals for the official naval collections at the Haslar Hospital. Gunther (1912: 5) states:

The Zoological Collection at the Haslar Hospital which contained the Fishes of the Voyage of the "Erebus" and "Terror" as well as other types was transferred to the BM in 1855. The specimens arrived without labels and were in a bad condition, and for economy's sake a solution of chloride of zinc had been used instead of alcohol.

In the BM accession books, there are several entries for insects from the Haslar Hospital (e.g. 1855–58, 60, 61, 63) in some of which lists of species are given but none appear to have any connection with the Beagle voyage. In Francis Walker's List of Diptera (1849) there is a list of donors which includes 38 entries under Haslar Hospital, but again, none appear to be connected with the Beagle. Lloyd & Coulter (1963, Medicine and the Navy 1200–1900, Vol. 5, 1815–1900, p. 75) state that Bynoe's collection of birds and insects is 'now in the British Museum' and his plants in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew but they give no source for this information. In the BM accessions book for 1844, item 4 (Jan) lists 1627 insects collected in 'New Holland N. & N.W. Coast and [Houtman's] Abrolhos, presented by [Haslar Hospital], collected by [J crossed out] Bynoe Esq Surgeon RN [Note B. Bynoe was surgeon in H.M.S. Beagle, and the types of insects described by Adam White on Stokes' Voyage of Discovery, 1846 appear to be in this collection]'. The entry is written in ink and the square brackets indicate pencil comments added later by K.G. Blair. The

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Figure 8

Figs 8–9 The store-box of British beetles at Down House, and the specimen of Euchirus longimanus L. (Scarabaeidae), not connected with the Beagle voyage: 7, left hand 8, right hand, sides (photograph by Philip Titheradge, courtesy of Down House and the Royal College of Surgeons of England).


Figure 9

Stokes referred to is John Lort Stokes (1812–43, Naval Officer, Admiral, 1877) who served on all three voyages of the Beagle (Darwin was only on the second) and was the author of Discoveries in Australia published in 1846. It was in an appendix to this work that Adam Smith described new Coleoptera and E. Doubleday new Lepidoptera from Australia. A.C. Pont has located a specimen

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of Dichaetomyia reversa (Walker) (Diptera, Muscidae) in the BM collection bearing this accession number and the labels 'Scyomyza reversa Walk/one of Walker's series so named' and 'New Holland/J. Bynoe, R.N./B.M. 1844—4'. No Darwin specimens appear to be involved. Captain FitzRoy assisted by his servant Harry Fuller also made collections on the Beagle voyage but it is doubtful if these included insects.

David Stanbury has shown me a copy of a rather poor drawing of a butterfly made by Midshipman King aboard the Beagle. No specimen has been found to establish its identity, but R.I. Vane-Wright suggests that it could be a species of Dione (Nymphalidae). The drawing is located in the 'King Album of Sketches and Engravings' in the Mitchel Library, Sydney, Australia. Finally Kritsky (1981) records the presence of a staphylinid beetle in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago but no further information is available.

Doubtless other Darwin insect material reposes unstudied in other museums. A.F. Amsden thinks he has seen specimens in the Rippon collection in the National Museum of Wales. Certain groups of insects mentioned in the Insect Notes seem to be absent from the collections so far studied, such as aculeate Hymenoptera, dragonflies, some butterflies and among the beetles Cicindela, Blaps and Meloe. The important 'Benchuca' bug which may have been responsible for Darwin's illness (see Insect Notes entries 2913, 3423) has not been located. Evidence for odd specimens having been sent to individuals is cited in the Insect Notes (e.g. entry 3528, to G. W. Kirkaldy and W. E. Shuckard). The author would be pleased to have details of any future findings of Darwin material.

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Darwin's Insect Notes

Barlow (1945: 265) describes Darwin's notebooks on his collections as follows:

Two sets of three note-books each sewn together with string form the catalogue of the specimens he sent home. One set included 1529 specimens all in spirits of wine—fishes, insects, sea-weeds, fungi, spiders, plants, corallines, reptiles, etc., each listed with a number as it was put into the bottle—and therefore in chronological order. The second set of three notebooks has printed numbers on the covers; they are again a mixed bag of bird, beast and plant life.

The original notebooks are preserved at Down House and have been studied.

The Insect Notes (Figs 11, 12) referred to throughout this paper are preserved in the Entomology Library of the British Museum (Natural History) and are entitled Copy of Darwin's notes in reference to Insects collected by him. There is a note by G.R. Waterhouse 'Many specimens from this collection were presented by C.O. Waterhouse. Reg. No. 85.119. Some of them bear Nos 1–4 as per label':

1. Sydney 3528

2. Van Dieman's Land

3. Bahia [not 3 of this journal]

4. King George's Sound Australia

There is a further note:

This is the original MS of the "Insect Notes" sent to Waterhouse by Darwin. It is in the hand of Syms Covington, with additions and corrections by Darwin. It is analogous to the notes on Reptiles and Amphibians in the General Library of the B.M.(N.H.) and the notes on Plants, Birds, Fish, Mammals and Shells at the Cambridge University Library. Duncan M. Porter—16 April 1981.

Porter (1983) briefly draws attention to the Insect Notes and Sullaway (1982) dates them as probably being written during August 1836. Porter was misled into thinking that these notes were lost because of two entries in the bulky volume of Insect Room Lists (in BM): page 21, 'Darwin, C. List of numbers referring to insects collected by—during voyage of Beagle (List missing 5.4.27). Still missing Nov. 1976' and page 93 'Darwin, C., copy of Darwin's notes in reference to Insects collected by him'. Clearly it is the list of numbers that was, and still is, missing. Probably the Insect Notes had been wrongly inserted in the vacant spare at page 21 leaving the correct place in page 93 empty. The entry for the list of numbers is repeated in the Insect Room Lists (index) under B (for Beagle), again with the comment 'missing 5.4.27'.

In the Cambridge University Library is a short manuscript list in Darwin's hand Insects in Spirits of Wine. The full list of Insects in Spirits of Wine is illustrated (Fig. 10) and can be seen to consist largely of Acari (not insects). The insect entries from this list are given before the main Insect Notes with comments by the present author given in smaller type or in square brackets.

Insects in Spirits of Wine

249. Hemipterous insect covered with ova

No specimen found.

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Fig. 10 The Insects in Spirits of Wine list in Darwin's holograph (by courtesy of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library).

255. Orthopterous Do.

No specimen found.

328. Minute Larva? Rat Island M. Video. V account [error for IV]

[On a separate sheet in Syms Covington's hand is the following:]

'1833 Insects June (IV) (610 or 328 [in margin])'


Fig. 11 The cover of Darwin's Insect Notes showing the title in Darwin's holograph, the notes by G. R. Waterhouse and Duncan M. Porter and sample Darwin labels (by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History)).

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Fig. 12 A typical page of the Insect Notes in Syms Covington's holograph with corrections and additions by Darwin. The paper is faintly ruled and watermarked 'J. Whatman 1834'. (By courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History)).


The following facts I have noticed at Monte Video and frequently in this place:—After a heavy thunder storm in a little pool in a courtyard which had only existed at most seven hours. I observed the surface strewed over with black specks: these were collected in groups, and precisely resembled pinches of gunpowder dropped in different parts on the surface of the puddle.—These specks are Insects of a dark leaden colour; the younger ones being red.—Viewed through a microscope, they were continually crawling over each other and the surface of the water; on the hand they possessed a slight jumping motion.—The numbers on each pool were immense: and every puddle possessed some of the pinches . . . What are they? and how produced in such countless myriads? We have seen their birth is effected in a short time, and their life, from the drying of the puddles can not be of a much longer duration.

My colleague Peter Lawrence concurs with me that these are Collembola and points out that one of the common names for Collembola, other than springtails, is gunpowder mites! No specimens have been found.

376. Pulex from hairy underside of Tatusia [= Dasypus] pichiy [Pichi] (375) curious vagabond Ricinia. Bahia Blanca.

No specimen found but F.G.A.M. Smit suggests that this Armadillo flea must have been Malaeopsylla grossiventris (Weyenbergh) or the less common Phthiropsylla agenoris (Rothschild). In the Zoology (Darwin, 1838: pt. 2, 92–3) two species of armadillo are discussed, Dasypus hybridus auctt. and D. minutus auctt. Of entomological interest is the description of the gut contents of the latter 'Coleoptera, larvae, roots of plants and even a snake of the genus Amphisbaena'.

638. Pediculi very minute curious [inserted] from head of Certhia (1248)

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found. See entries 450 and 451 in the Insect Notes. In the Ornithological Notes No. 1248 refers to a third species of 'Certhia' with bluish legs and entries 1250–1256 discuss the three species at length (see Barlow, 1963).

646. Do. from Cavia Cobuga Maldonado

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found. The host mammal is the Aperea (Guinea pig) described in the Zoology (Darwin, 1839: pt. 2, 79) as Cavia cobaia Auct (?=C. aperea).

658. Do. from Toco Toco (1267)

PHTHIRAPTERA: in the Denny collection at Oxford is a louse on a card labelled 'Ctenomys braziliensis C. Darwin'. Darwin (Journal, 1845: 50; Zoology, 1838: pt. 2, 79) writes at some length on this rodent (the Tucutucu) which he found at Maldonado, kept several alive and preserved one in spirit from which this louse undoubtedly came.

758. Common Fleas. St Fe—La Plata

SIPHONAPTERA: no specimen found.

1185. Pediculi V.—account Chiloe

[Phthiraptera. A separate sheet in Syms Covington's hand '34. Pediculus. Chiloe. July' gives the following account:]

These disgusting vermin are very abundant in Chiloe: Several people have assured me that they are quite different from the Lice in England: They are said to be much larger and softer (hence will not crack under the nail) they infest the body even more than the head.—I should suppose they originally come from the Indians, whose race is so predominant with these Islanders.—I have little doubt this is the kind so common amongst the Patagonians of Gregory Bay; they are said to be there also very large.—An accurate examination of these specimens will at once decide the fact of identity or difference.—Mr Martial, a surgeon of an English Whaler assures me that the Lice of the Sandwich Islanders are blacker and different from these, or any lice, which he ever saw.—Several of the natives lived for months and cruized [sic] in the ship, no efforts could free their bodies from these parasites but he assures me as a certain fact, known to every one on board that their Lice if they strayed to the bodies of the English in 3 or 4 days died, and were found adhering to the linen (like Pediculi from Birds or quadrupeds?). So that the Sailors, who

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constantly slept close to the Sandwichers never were constantly infested by their vermin. If these facts were verified their interest would be great.—Man springing from one stock according his varieties having different species of parasites.

A version of this appears in the Descent (Darwin, 1871: vol. 1, 219). See also entry 2561. This appears also in the Zoological Diary (preserved at Cambridge) but with the final additional comment 'It leads one into many speculations' which has then been crossed out. While races of human lice have been described in the literature, not enough critical work has been done to substantiate the above comments. Work with head lice suggests some evidence of geographical and racial differentiation and first instar lice can change colour to blend with their surroundings. Many factors affect the size of a louse. Nevertheless the entry provides an insight into Darwin's thoughts on these matters.

Insect Notes

The Insect Notes are in Syms Covington's hand and are here set in larger type. Important (i.e. not letters in the middle of words) corrections and additions in Darwin's hand are given in bold type as near as possible to the place in which they occur in the Insect Notes. The present author's comments are set in small type beneath each entry and interpolations are given in the appropriate type size in square brackets. Lettered entries (as (a), (b), etc.) refer to comments by Covington or Darwin on the verso of the page in the notes but for convenience these are given here immediately beneath the main entry to which they refer. Headings from the top of each page of the notes are given (in italics) as they occur, including the page number, even when this splits an entry. The ditto entries are interpolated when it is not obvious to which part of the entry they appear to refer. Thus, as far as possible the actual layout of the notes is preserved. Geographical locations are indicated in full in square brackets, where this is not already clear, which should facilitate the practical use of the notes by specialists looking up a particular entry. For the same reason related entries are often cross referenced so that a specialist can quickly assess the data relating to a particular group or association in different parts of the notes. All scientific names and localities are fully indexed.

For brevity the location of Darwin material is indicated as follows:

BM = British Museum (Natural History) and where specimens have been located the year and museum accession number follows in brackets, e.g. BM (1885–119). Where locality labels are not specifically quoted it may be assumed that such labels are present. Labels with numbers linking the specimen to a specific entry in the notes are always quoted and where they are not the assignment to an entry has been interpolated and an explanation is usually given.

Cambridge = University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.

Oxford = Hope Entomological Collections, University Museum, Oxford.

Dublin = National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Further details of the material in these repositories are given in the appropriate introductory sections and information on the few other repositories is cited in full in the entry concerned.

All references to Darwin material in the literature are cited by author and date (and pagination for original descriptions of genera and species) and given fully in the list of references. Repeated text references to Darwin's own works are made by a single familiar word from the title, e.g. Journal [of Researches . . . during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle . . .] (Darwin, 1845), but for accuracy author and date are also cited to link them to the list of references. Pagination is cited when the item is not indexed in the Journal. A problem with Darwin's own works and in his citation of others has been which edition to cite. Clearly where Darwin's own indication is obvious this has been cited. However since some of the original works are rare or unpublished and relatively inaccessible, later, more readily available editions are included in the list of references where they are cross-referenced to the original source, or included in the annotations (e.g. Anson, 1748 and Darwin's Journal, 1845).

Where the insect order or family is not obvious from Darwin's entry this information is added in the present author's comments.


Since much of the material examined is located in collections where taxonomic research is in progress the author has been anxious to avoid unwittingly creating new combinations, new synonymy or type fixations. Therefore no indication of type status is made nor are type labels described unless this is essential to the interpolation of the particular entry. Similarly synonymy is only indicated where known to be published, at least in a catalogue.

The main purpose of the comments on the Insect Notes is to indicate the present location of Darwin's material and as far as possible to allocate it accurately to the entries in the Insect Notes and with the published work of Darwin and others. Future taxonomic work by specialists on each group can proceed from there.

At the top left hand corner of the first page of the Insect Notes is an entry (enclosed in a rectangular rule and in Darwin's hand 'N.B.—Letters (as (a) (b) refer to the back of the same page' and in the right hand half of the top margin the word 'copy'. Darwin's insertions to indicate page numbers appear mainly to refer to his unpublished Zoological Diary now preserved in the Cambridge University Library.

1832 Insects 1.

2. Taken on board. Jan. 10th. Lat. 21°2′N

This probably refers to the specimen of Nomophila noctuella Denis & Schiffermueller (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) which was recorded (as Stenopteryx hybridalis Hübner) by Walker (1859: 812) and is a known long-distance migrant from North Africa. No specimen has been found in the BM collection but the name label indicates its one time presence. See also under entry 5 below.

3. Acrydium. Owing to prevailing winds must have come from Cape Blanca, in Africa, 370 miles, distant Jan 13th. Vide. Kirby Vol. 1. Page. 224

In Darwin's Diary (Barlow, 1933: 22–3), entry for January 14th and 15th is the comment 'Some few birds have been hovering about the vessel and a large gay coloured cricket found an insecure resting place within reach of my fly-nippers. He must at the least have flown 370 miles from the coast of Africa'. No specimen has been found. The Kirby reference is clearly to Kirby and Spence's Introduction to Entomology, probably the third edition (1818) (this book was on board, see Burkhardt & Smith, 1985) which gives, on the page cited, a record of locusts flying on board a ship 200 miles from the Canary Islands. See also the Journal (Darwin 1845: 159).

4. Jan. 14th—10 miles at sea from St. Jago. [Cape Verde Islands]


Possibly a moth (see 5)

5. Jan. 12th Lat: 19°. insect

Three species of Lepidoptera described from St Jago and otherwise unaccounted for may refer here and possibly to entries 2 or 4. No specimens have been found in the BM but pinholes above the labels suggest that they have sometime been removed possibly for exhibition purposes: Stenopteryx hybridalis Hübner (Walker, 1859: 812) (=Nomophila noctuella, see also entry 2); Asopia vulgalis Guenée (Walker, 1959: 364) (=Hedylepta indicata F., Pyralidae); Alata anticalis Walker (1863: 108) (=Etiella zinckenella Treitschke, Pyralidae). The last two species are also recorded from the Cape Verde Islands by Viette (1958).

201, 202. Harpalidae Quail Island. St. Jago. [Cape Verde Islands]

No specimens found. Mateu (1964) records 58 species of Carabidae (Coleoptera) from the Cape Verde Islands.

203. Allied to Cryptocus. Do. [Cape Verde Islands]

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Oxycara cribratum Wollaston, five specimens in the BM (1887–94, error for 1887–42); two specimens in the BM (1845–63). This species looks very like a Crypticus (Español & Lindberg, 1963, pl. 5). See also 204.

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204. Do. These two insects are found in the greatest profusion under stones, all over St. Jago [Cape Verde Islands]

See entry 203, the habitat described fits perfectly.

205. Allied to Trechus. St. Jago [Cape Verde Islands]

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found. See entries 201, 202.

206. Bee, common, making nest in the rocks. Do. [Cape Verde Islands]

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

208, 209. Hygrotus stream at St. Martin. Do. [Cape Verde Islands]

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Hyphidrus maculatus Babington (1842: 12) (Hyphydrus), two specimens in the BM (1863.44) (see Bistrom, 1982 for type designation, redescription and synonymy).

210. Corixa. Do. [Cape Verde Islands]

HEMIPTERA: this may refer to the specimen reported to be in Cambridge which bears an enigmatic white, printed, 41.

211. Lice from head of Gull (185) I observed they continued alive on bird many days after its death. St. Jago [Cape Verde Islands]

In Darwin's Ornithological Notes (see Barlow, 1963: 211) entry 185 reads 'These birds were shot in the neighbourhood of Porto Praya from 16th. of Jany. to 7 of Feby. Gull'. No specimens found.

212. Blatta. St. Domingo [Cape Verde Islands]

No specimen found. Chopard (1958) lists 10 species of Blattodea from the Cape Verde Islands.

213. 214. Gyrinus allied to Dineutes MacLeay (?) Hab Do. [Cape Verde Islands]


COLEOPTERA, Gyrinidae: Dineutes aereus Klug., one in Cambridge, St Domingo, St Jago Island, Cape Verde Is., with white printed label 214 and small green printed label 44 and Zimmerman det. label.

215. Gyrinus Do. (?)Hab. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Gyrinidae: Dineutes subspinosus Klug, one in Cambridge, St Domingo, St Jago Island, Cape Verde Is., with white printed label 215 and small green printed label 45 and Zimmerman det. label.

216. 217. 218. Hydrobius stream near St. Domingo [Cape Verde Islands]

COLEOPTERA, Hydrophilidae: Sternolophus solieri Castelnau, two in Cambridge, St Domingo, Cape Verde Is., with white printed label 217 and small green printed label 46 and Knisch det. label and one similarly labelled but with white printed label 218.

219. Hydrobius and Gerris. Hab. Do. [Cape Verde Islands]

No specimens found. The only member of the family Gerridae (Hemiptera) recorded from the Cape Verde Islands is Limnogonus cereiventris ssp. leptocerus Reuter. (see Lindberg, 1958: 127).

225. 226. 227. Ornithomyia (Lat.). Feronia (Leach)

(a) (a) [on verso of page] 225 on, from the Booby: frequent: St. Pauls. Feb. 16th. [St Paul's Rocks]

DIPTERA, Hippoboscidae: Olfersia aenescens Thompson (det. A.M. Hutson), two females in BM (1845–81), St Pauls, Atlantic Ocean. These specimens were referred to by Bequaert (1957: 438) but he confused St Paul's Rocks with St Paul Island in the Indian Ocean which led him to comment on the rather high latitude (38°40′S) for this record.

Walker (1849: 1143) recorded this as 'Ornithomyia nigra? Hippobosca nigra? Perty' from 'St. Pauls, Brazil' (also as his O. intertropica from Galapagos, a synonym, see 3229). Walker probably thought St Pauls was in Brazil and did not mean to indicate that there was a second specimen from Brazil, or he would have followed his usual practice of giving each locality a suffix letter.

Darwin (1845: 10) refers to these specimens as an Olfersia in the Journal.


228. Moth. St. Pauls. Feb. 16th.

LEPIDOPTERA. This is recorded in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 10) as 'a small brown moth, belonging to a genus that feeds on feathers'. None of the species described by Walker (1854–66) fits this and the specimen is presumed lost. However, in a recent study of the ecology of St Paul's Rocks (Edwards & Lubbock, 1983; Edwards, 1985) record finding larvae of a small moth amongst the booby nesting material. The species has now been described by Robinson (1983) as Erechthias darwini (Tineidae) subfamily Erechthiinae) and since members of this subfamily lack the ability to digest keratin these authors suggest that the larvae of this moth probably feed not on feathers but on dry sea weed in the nesting material.

229. Staphylinus. Do. Bird's dung

COLEOPTERA, Staphylinidae: one 'Staphylinus' from St Paul's Rocks is entered in the BM Accessions Register under 1845: 81, but the specimen has not been found. However there is a specimen of Philonthus cliens Eppelsheim (det. P.M. Hammond), St Paul's Rocks, 8.xi.1921, in guano near bird's nest G.H. Wilkins, No. 81, BM 1922–363, Shackleton-Rowett Expedition. This could be the same species as the Quedius mentioned in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 10). If a true Quedius were involved Hammond is of the opinion that it is most likely to be the widespread Q. mesomelinus (Marsham). Philonthus cliens is also known from tropical Africa, Arabia and India (Edwards & Lubbock, 1983; Edwards, 1985). See also entry 708.

231. Oniscus Do.


Crustacea (woodlouse)—not an insect. See Edwards & Lubbock, (1983); Edwards, (1985).

232. 233. 234. Tics [sic; ? ticks]

Arachnida—not insects. See Edwards & Lubbock, (1983).

304. Termites. Fernando Noronha [between St Paul's Rocks and Brazilian Coast, 3°50′S, 32°25′W]

ISOPTERA: no Darwin termites have been found.

305. Part of their nest (vide Geological Notes)

ISOPTERA: no specimen found.

308. Rhynchites, seeds of the Tamarind, St. Jago, Feb. 7 [Cape Verde Islands]

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: the tamarind weevil is Sitophilus linearis (Herbst) but no specimen has been located in the BM collections. R.T. Thompson comments that it is strange that Darwin should refer to this weevil as a Rhynchites.

325. Numerous single Coleoptera. Hemiptera from Bahia Brazil. [Written obliquely across this entry is 'Green 2000' and 'Yellow 300' [sic, error for 3000], clearly referring to the colour coding of labels. See description of labelling of specimens in the section on the British Museum collections.]

COLEOPTERA, Anthicidae: Acanthinus striatopunctatus Laporte, one in the BM (1887–42), Bahia.

Buprestidae: Callimicra darwini Hespenheid (1980: 15).

Cerambycidae: Megacera parvula Newman (1840: 12), one in the BM (1863–44), Bahia.

Chrysomelidae: Crepidodera bahiensis Bryant (1942: 103), one in the BM (1885–119).

Coccinellidae: Diomus brasiliensis Bréthes (1924: 162), one in the BM (1885–119), Bahia. Diomus genialis Brèthes (1924: 166), one in the BM (1885–119), Bahia.

I place these here because they are 'single Coleoptera'; some may refer to 348 or 349, or 3858–3864.

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348. 349. Numerous Coleoptera from Bahia. Part of a couple of hours collecting.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: Ctenispa darwini Maulik, two in the BM (1887–42 & 1885–119), Bahia, which I place here rather than under entry 325 as there are two specimens.

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Coccinellidae: Chnoodes terminalis Mulsant, Hyperaspis festiva Mulsant and Solanophila rufoventris Mulsant are all recorded from Darwin material by Brèthes (1925b). Also some unidentified coccinellids (BM 1887–94) [an error for 1887–42] and (1858–60) Bahia, may refer here.

351. Onthophilus perceiving the smell of human dung with singular quickness. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae; Ganthidium ruficolle Germar, one in the BM (1887–42), Bahia, with printed label 351. See also entry 354.

352. Elater nortelucus [sic? noctilucus] vide p. 25

COLEOPTERA, Elateridae: named in the Journal (Darwin 1845: 31) as Pyrophorus luminosus Illiger, 'seems the most common luminous insect' and its jumping habits are discussed with a reference to Kirby's Entomology, vol. ii, p. 317 (Kirby & Spence, 1818: 317). There is a very similar discussion in the Zoological Diary to which the page citation refers. No specimen has been found.

353. Cimex, drove its proboscis deeply into my finger. Do.

HEMIPTERA, Coreidae: Vilga westwoodi (Kolenati). Dolling (1977) records a Darwin specimen, female, Bahia, Brazil, ii or iii, 1832 in the British Museum. Though at first somewhat unlikely this is the only bug I can allocate to this entry. Most plant bugs have piercing mouthparts and several genera are recorded as piercing human skin. The term 'Cimex' was loosely applied in Darwin's day and it may well be that this is the specimen Darwin alludes to. For the true skin piercing Triatomid bugs see entries 2913 & 3423 and for other 'Cimex' see entries 431 & 874.

354. Geotrupes. Bahia. Feb. 7.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Trichillum heydeni Harold, one in BM (1885–119), Bahia. Ataenius sp., one in BM (1887–42). These and 351 are the only Scarabaeids I can find from Bahia.

355. Acarus from Do.

Arachnida. Acari—not an insect.

356. Louse from Vespertilio (in spirits)

There are no lice on bats. From the possible hosts it was probably a bat fly (Streblidae or Nycteribiidae) but no specimens have been found. Possible hosts are two bats described in the Zoology (Darwin, 1838: pt. 2, 3–5) Phyllostoma grayi Waterhouse (G.R.) from Pernambuco (5° north of Bahia) and Phyllostoma perspicillatum Geoffroy from Bahia (lat. 13°S). These two names are synonymized in modern literature under Carollia perspicillatum.

357. 358. Specimens from an enormous migration of Ants. vide page 28.

HYMENOPTERA, Formicidae: no specimens found, but the entry in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 35) indicates that they were 'driver ants' (subfamily Dorylinae), probably of the genus Eciton. The page reference is to the Zoological Diary from which the Journal account is taken. 'Spiders, Blatta and other insects' were flushed by the ants.

359. 360, 361, 362, 363, 364. A very common species of Ant; the winged ones were flying in numbers from the nest.

HYMENOPTERA, Formicidae: no specimens found.

365. 366. Feb. Hymenopterous insects

No specimens found.

367. Nest of Do. when large and complete is globular.

No specimen found.

368. Curious habitation of some insect on a root in a sand bank. May 1st. Have found out it belongs to some Hymenopterous insects.

No specimen found. This could belong to the wasp family Eumenidae. See also entries 449, 536, 537.

386. Mantis: caught at Bahia on the 17th of March a mantis and as I thought killed it, by holding for several minutes under water that was boiling, the head and thorax (to the insertion of the


wings) and anterior legs. These parts shortly were completely dead, and became dry and brittle, but eight days afterwards on the 25th the abdomen and hinder legs continued to possess a slight degree of irritability. This appears a well marked instance of the tenacity [continued]

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[continued] of life among insects.

MANTODEA: no specimen found. For further Bahia entries see 3858.

387. Butterfly very common, on main island of Abrolhos March 29th

LEPIDOPTERA: no specimens found.

388. Helops Do.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: no specimen found.

389. Ornithomya nearly all the birds in this island were Totipalmes; yet this insect, I think differs from those taken at St. Pauls from the bodies of a Sula. Abrolhos. March 29th.

DIPTERA, Hippoboscidae: the only record of a Hippoboscid I have been able to trace from these islands is that cited in Bequaert (1957: 43) of Olfersia spinifera (Leach) '3 miles off Abrolhos Is., coast of Bahia, 18°S (Albatros Exped.—Recorded by Howard, 1890)'. This species is normally associated with frigate birds. There are no birds recorded from Albrolhos by Darwin in the Ornithological notes (Barlow, 1963) nor in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841), where Darwin's only mention of the frigate bird is on Galapagos and Ascension (op. cit., pt. 3, p. 146). However in his Diary (Barlow, 1933: 46) he says 'Two parties landed directly after breakfast. I commenced an attack on the rocks & insects & plants: the rest began a more bloody one on the birds. Of these an enormous number were slaughtered by sticks, stones & guns; indeed there were more killed than the boats could hold'. Fitzroy (1839: 66) in his account of Abrolhos described what is without doubt a frigate bird 'A large black bird, with a pouch like that of a Pelican, but of a bright red colour, was very remarkable as it hovered, or darted among the bright verdure, and at a distance looked handsome; but when seen close it at once descended to the level of a carrion-eating cormorant or buzzard.' Darwin's reference to Totipalmes is an old group name for pelicans, cormorants and frigate birds.

Whilst studying the photographs of Darwin's insects in situ in Dublin I noticed a printed label 389 and pinned with it a label 'Hippobosca' suggesting that a specimen had been removed sometime but was not among those sent to me. Dr James O'Connor made a diligent search and found a Hippoboscid bearing a Haliday collection printed label which almost certainly refers here as it has proved to be Olfersia spinifera (det. A.M. Hutson) and was probably moved from Haliday box 566 by E.O. Mahoney, the ectoparasite specialist.

Rio de Janeiro [inserted under a line ruled across the page]

414. Coleoptera from the neighbourhood of the Rio Macae. April.

No specimen found. See entry 460.

415. Coleoptera. Rio de Janeiro. April.

Carabidae: Bembidiini subtribe Tachyina, three unidentified specimens in the BM (1887–42), Rio, one numbered 415.

Melyridae: Astylus lineatus F. (Champion, 1918c) may refer here.

Scaphidiidae: Scaphisoma elongatum Waterhouse, F.H. (1879: 533). One in the BM (1879–34), Rio and numbered 415.

Scarabaeidae: Aphengium sordidum Harold. Two in the BM (1887–42), Rio, numbered 415. Ateuchus squalidum F. Four in the BM (1887–42 and 1885–119).

The following Scarabaeidae are referred here although unnumbered:

Canthidium trinodosum Boheman. Two in the BM (1887–42), Rio.

Onthophagus haematopus Harold. One in the BM (1887–42), Rio.

Saprosites aspericeps Harold. One in the BM (1887–42), Rio.

For other Scarabaeidae from Rio see entries 457, 458 & 568.

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416. 417. Cicindela from the woods, Locégo. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Cicindelinae: no tiger beetles have been found. See also entries 416–7, 486, 504–5, 552, 1712, 2841, & 3420.

418. Carabidae, from Rio Frade. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Bembidiini: Trichiolopha braziliensis Waterhouse, one in the BM (1887–42), Rio, so labelled presumably refers to braziliensis Sahlberg (Tachys). There are also three unidentified Harpalinae in the BM (1887–42) that could refer here.

420. 421. Colymbetes. small puddles. Locégo. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Colymbetes calidus Babington (1842: 9), two in the BM, Rio [now in Copelatus]. C. elegans Babington (1842: 11), one in the BM (1863–44), Rio [now = Copelatus posticatus F.].

422. 423. Diptera. Rio Macāe. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

Tabanidae: Chrysops varians Wiedemann. One in Dublin with printed label 422 (det. J. E. Chainey).

424. 425. 426. Blattae under bark of rotten tree at Locégo. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

BLATTODEA: no specimens found. See entry 647.

427. Blaps. Emitted a musky, together with the usual disagreeable smell, stained my fingers for some days of a purplish red colour. Locégo. April. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: no specimen found.

428. Blaps.— — —Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: no specimens found.

429. Do. — — — Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: no specimens found.

430. Erotylus. Locégo. — — — Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Erotylidae: Morphoides immaculatus Lacordaire, one in the BM (1887–42).

431. Cimex. Rio de Janeiro

HEMIPTERA: no specimen found.

432. 433. Gyrini. Campos Novos R. de Janeiro. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Gyrinidae: Gyrinus ovatus Aubé, two specimens in Cambridge with above data; one has a printed white label 432 plus a small green label 50, the other has a small green label 22.

Other Darwin gyrinids in Cambridge may refer here: Gyrinus parcus Say. One with green label 39; Macrogyrus ellipticus Brullé. Nine with green label 33.

434. Diptera. Mandetiba — Do. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

Stratiomyidae: Chordonota? inermis Wiedemann (det. J.F. Chainey), one in Dublin labelled 'Clitellaria atrata' and numbered 434.

438. Coleoptera. Botafogo May [Rio de Janeiro]

Carabidae, Bembidiini, subtribe Tachyina: two in the BM (1887–42), Rio, numbered 438.

Hydrophilidae: Enochrus atomus d'Orchymont, one in the BM (1858–60), Rio, is numbered 438 and two others (1885–119, 1858–60) are unnumbered.

Lampyridae: Apisoma hesperum L., two in the BM (1887–42 and 1858–60), one numbered 438.

Limnichidae: Phalacrichus atomarius Sharp, several specimens in the BM (1885–119 and 1858–60) are numbered 438.

See also entry 460.

439. Diptera—May—Do. Causing intolerable itching [Rio de Janeiro]

Muscidae: Musca domestica L. (det. A.C. Pont). One in Dublin numbered 439.

While the House-Fly can function as a sweat-fly in the tropics there appears to be nothing in the literature recording a reaction of this sort.


440. Lampyris. vide P 41 May [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae (Glow worms and fire flies): in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 30) identified [by Waterhouse] as mostly 'Lampyris occidentalis' (=Photuris fulvipes Blanchard). No Darwin specimens found. The page reference is to the Zoological Diary where observations on the light flashes, etc. are recorded on which the Journal (p. 30) account is based; also mentioned in the Descent (Darwin, 1871: vol. 1, 345).

See also entries 438, 551.

441. Do. Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

No specimen found.

442. Females of this insect and Larva Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

No specimens found.

443. Do. luminous vide P 42 Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

No specimens found. The page reference is to the Zoological Diary entry, see 440.

444. Lopha (?) taken in great numbers on sand walk. [continued]

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[continued] at night [Rio de Janeiro]

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Bembidiini, subtribe Tachyina: one unidentified in the BM (1887–42), Rio, with white printed label 444.

445. Coleoptera — — Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

Carabidae: Harpalinae, four unidentified in the BM (1887–42), Rio, each labelled 445.

Carabidae, Bembidiini, subtribe Tachyina: fourteen unidentified in the BM (1878–43), Rio, only two numbered 445 but obviously the same series.

Curculionidae: Endalus sp. (det. R.T. Thompson), two in the BM (1887–42), Rio, one numbered 445.

See also entry 460.

446. Fresh water Coleoptera— —Do. [Rio de Janeiro]

I place here all those Hydrophilidae in Cambridge labelled 'South America' and not otherwise accounted for (see entries 448, 1505, 3528 and 3635) and those Dytiscidae described from Rio and unplaced elsewhere.

Hydrophilidae: Berosus sticticus Boheman ab. aberrans Knisch. One in Cambridge with green number 16, a six mount with three specimens present with green number 15, one numbered green 7, one numbered green 23 and a double mount numbered green 31. B. sticticus ab. confinis Knisch. One double mount numbered green 33, an eleven mount (9 present) numbered green 25, a nine mount (6 present) numbered green 24, a six mount (3 present) numbered green 15 and a five mount (4 present) numbered green 3. B. reticulatus Knisch. Ten numbered 17. Derallus rudis Sharp. A four mount (2 present) numbered green 13; one numbered 12. Helobata striata Brullé. Two numbered 20. Neohydrophilus politus Castelnau. One numbered 49. Paracymus debilis Sharp. Three numbered 11. P. armatus Sharp. Five numbered 8, 10, 27, 28, 32. Tropisternus collaris F. Ten, one of which is numbered 4. T. lateralis F. Three without numbers. T. setiger Germar. Eleven, two numbered 37, 38. T. laevis Sturm. Five, two numbered 1, 2. T. nitidulus Knisch. One numbered 51.

Most of the above have the determination labels of A. Knisch, 1922 and the numbers cited are all on green labels (see introductory section on Cambridge material).

Dytiscidae: Hydaticus havaniensis Laporte (Babington, 1842: 11). Hydroporus obscurus Babington (1842: 14) is synonymous with H. nitidus Babington (1842: 14) and now placed in Bidessus (Blackwelder, 1944). Hydroporomorpha parallela Babington (1842: 14, 15). Two in the BM (1863–44) (=Celina). See Fig. 12. Anodochilus maculatus Babington (1842: 15, 16). One specimen without accession number. See Fig. 13. Desmopachria nitida Babington (1842: 16, 17). Two in the BM (1863–44). See Fig. 13.

See also entries 530, 531.

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Fig. 13 Part of the plate from Babington's paper 'Dytiscidae Darwinianae' depicting new water-beetles from Rio de Janeiro: 3, Hydroporomorpha parallela; 4, Anodochilus maculatus; 5, Desmopachria nitida (see Insect Notes 446) (by courtesy of the Royal Entomological Society of London, from their Transactions, 1842).

447. Hydrobius inhabiting, strongly brackish lagoon, (road to Botanical Garden) R. de Janeiro Lost May.

COLEOPTERA, Hydrophilidae.

448. Hydrophilus, together with the last Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Hydrophilidae: in the Journal Darwin (1845: 22) says 'I also frequently encountered in the lagoon near the Botanic Garden, where the water is only a little less salt than the sea, a species of Hydrophilus, very similar to a water beetle common in the ditches of England.' The last comment would fit several genera of Hydrophilidae, but the 'Hydrophilus' could refer to a specimen of Hydrous ater Olivier (A.G.) present in Cambridge.

See entry 1305 also for this genus and entry 446 for other freshwater beetles.


449. Ants found in (I do not know whether making) a nest like (368) found at Bahia. Ants do not make it. I found one somewhat similar, filled with half dead spiders, evidently collected by some Hymenopterous insect; It is the case; vide No 536. Rio de Janeiro. May.

The nests probably belong to wasps of the family Sphecidae but no specimens have been found (of ants or wasps). Further comment in the Journal (Darwin 1845: 35) includes reference to nests with dead caterpillars as well and probably involves several genera or families of wasps. See also entries 368, 536.

450. Ricinus from a pretty, but common yellow Certhia Do. Do.

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found.

Darwin used Certhia loosely and Dr D.W. Snow (in litt.) is of the opinion that the host was probably the very common Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola L.) which has the right kind of bill and is yellow underneath. About 40 races of this species are recognized. See also entry 638 in spirits of wine list.

451. Ricinus Do. Do. (another species) Do. Do.

PHTHIRAPTERA: see entry 450.

453. Insect, colour changed by boiling water from grass green into a yellow Do. Do.


454. Do. Do. Do. Do.


456. Lampyris, different species from (440); shines nearly as brightly; uncommon; caught in web of small Epeira.

COLEOPTERA. Lampyridae: no specimen found. See White (1841) for the spider.

457. 458. Geotrupes; collect human dung into balls, and push it along with hind legs. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Goniocanthon smaragdulus F., two in the BM (1887–42) with printed labels 457, 458.

459. Acarus from a Passalus in very moist rotten wood Do. Do.


Arachnida—not an insect

460. Curculio nearly covered with Acari liropodes Lat.a in very moist rotten wood. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae; the only Rio weevils which remain unassigned elsewhere are three Beridinae, BM (1887–42), probably representing three different genera (teste R. T. Thompson). However none bear mites and do not fit well here in habits and may therefore be referable to one of the general Coleoptera entries (414, 415, 438, 445, 478, etc.).

462. Hymenoptera the most common species, in great numbers Do. Do.

Chalcididae: Smiera pielus Walker (1838: 470), now placed in Spilochalcis, a genus with many species known to be gregarious parasites of Lepidoptera or Diptera.

476. 477. Curculio with Acari Do. Do.

See comments under entry 460.

478. Numerous Coleoptera Do. Do.

See comments under entry 460.

479. Beetle exceedingly numerous on sandy plain near the sea Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Oedomeridae: four unidentified specimens in the BM, one (1887–42), with printed number 479; the others (2, 1887–94 [error for 1887–42], 1, 1885–119) without numbers.

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480. Beetle. Sandy plain. R. de Janeiro. May.

COLEOPTERA: see entry 479.

482. Hymenop: was conveying off a large Mygalus; they seem to prey on & kill large spiders. N.B. The only two Mygali, I have yet caught were in the jaws of this insect. Do. Do.

No specimen found. Possibly Pompilidae; my colleague M. C. Day suggests Pepsis or Entypus.

483. Bee, the most frequent sort Do. Do.

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

484. Diptera, vibrates its wings as its congeners do in England. Do. Do.

Otitidae: ?Euxesta sp. (det. B. H. Cogan). There are three specimens (standing together) in Dublin, one of which bears a printed number 484.

485. Diptera, runs swiftly laterally Do. Do.

No specimen found.

486. Cicindela, woods on Caucovado [Mt. Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro] Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Cicindelinae: no specimen found, see entry 416 note.

487. Capsida, Caucovado [Mt. Corcovado], as the Capsida was found on the larva, they most probably belong to it. The larva were curiously placed in two groups heads to heads round a stick. They adhered by the remains of a capsule and each group was thickly imbricate.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera: no specimen found.

488. 489. 490. Larva of Do. Do. Do. Do.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera: no specimen found.

491. Coleoptera Do. Do.

Tenebrionidae. Crypticus platensis Fairmaire, one in the BM (1885–119), 'Rio' (see also 677, 1321) and one Crypticus sp. (BM. 1887–42), 'Rio', may refer here.

492. Cerambyx, with Acari, by the friction of the thorax it made a most extraordinary noise Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: no specimen found.

493. Diptera, very summit of Caucovado [Mt. Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro] Do.

Tabanidae: Scaptia ?seminigra Ricardo, one specimen in Dublin with the printed number 493 and a handwritten capital B. I have seen no explanation of the B (in Darwin's hand, see Fig. 19) label, which may merely be connected with initial sorting of material by Darwin.

494. Diptera. hovered over sandbank, like a Bombylius Do. Do.

Bombyliidae: Anthrax ?reperta Walker (det. J. E. Chainey), one in Dublin with printed number 494.

501. Diptera. This is the insect called sand fly, and notorious even in Anson's voyage, from the painful bite, which causes swelling, that lasts for many days; in centre a circular red mark is visible; the pain is half itching and half aching. Do. Do.

Simuliidae: one specimen in Dublin with printed number 501. My colleague Dr A. J. Shelley has dissected this very poor specimen and identified it as Simulium ?pertinax (Kollar). S. pertinax is the most common man-biter in that area and is considered in detail by Andretta & Andretta (1950). Simuliidae are referred to as black flies in modern parlance and the name sand fly is nowadays restricted to the biting subfamily Phlebotominae of the family Psychodidae.

Anson's (1748) 'sandfly' encountered at St Catherine's, Brazil is recorded as follows: '. . . at sunset, when the muscatos retired they were succeeded by an infinity of sand-flies, which, though scarce discernible to the naked eye, make a mighty buzzing, and, wherever they bite, raise a small bump in the flesh which is soon attended with a painful itching, like that arising from the bite of an English harvest bug.'


The size is suggestive of a ceratopogonid midge of the genus Culicoides but the buzzing not—unless they were in very large numbers—perhaps he heard the last of the mosquitoes but was bitten by the first of the Culicoides. An American name for these tiny midges is appropriately 'no see ums'. John Boorman of the Animal Virus Research Institute suggests that Anson's midge may be Culicoides paraensis Goeldi which is the principal man-biting Culicoides in that area of Brazil, though the buzzing remains a mystery.

502. Xenos (??) Sandy Plain; sweeping; Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Stylopoidea (=Strepsiptera or 'stylops'): no specimen found.

503. Libellula, I observed this insect as it proceeded along the edge of a pool, strike [continued]

1832 Insects May 6.

[continued] the water violently with its curved tail, so as to throw some drops several inches on the bank; is this connected with oviposition.

ODONATA. Libellula was used rather indiscriminately and simply meant dragonfly in Darwin's day. The oviposition habits described suggest one of the larger Anisoptera but no specimen has been found.

504. 505. Cicindela, habits precisely the same as Cicin: hybrida Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Cicindelinae: no tiger beetles have been found; the species referred to is British.

506. 507. The larvae or female of Lampyrus v p. 42 Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found. The page reference is to the Zoological Diary. See entries 438, 440–443, 551 for further comments.

508. Do; another species: all luminous Do.

No specimen found. See entries 438, 440–443, 551.

509. 510. 511. 512. 513. Coleoptera from the very summit of Caucovado [Mt. Corcovado]

Lost Lost Lost Lost Do. Do.

No specimen found.

514. Coleoptera habits Do. Do. Do.

No specimen found.

515. 516. Hemiptera habits Do. Do. Do.

No specimen found.

517. 518. 519. 520. Diptera habits Do. Do. Do.

Bibionidae: one numbered 517 in Dublin.

Lauxaniidae: two with printed numbers 518, 520 in Dublin.

529. Coleoptera. living in the water or caught in my water net. Do. Do.

Scarabaeidae: Ataenius picinus Harold, one in BM (1885ndash;119), Rio, numbered 529. Ataenius sp., one specimen in BM labelled ex series tenebricosa and six more numbered 529.

530. 531. Insects New genus, habits the same as Elmis, living under stones in running water; differs remarkably from that genus in shape of body, and palpi (and in spear to sternum?) Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Psephenidae: Psephenus darwinii Waterhouse, C.O. (1880: 563) one in BM, 'Rio de Janeiro', with printed number 530. Waterhouse later (1880–82, plate 26) illustrated this species in colour.

532. 533. Diptera plague the horses terribly Do.

Muscidae: Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) (det. A. C. Pont) (the Stable Fly), two specimens numbered 532, 533 in Dublin.

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534. Hymenoptera. Pompilus (?) This family runs very quickly amongst the herbage, continually at the same time vibrating its wings. Excavates cylindrical holes in a trodden path. Do.

No specimen found. Could refer to Pompilidae or Sphecidae.

535. Hymenoptera caught killing spiders. v [p.] 39. Do.

No specimen found. Referred to as? Pepsis in the Journal (1845: 34–5) where full observations are recorded. My colleague M. C. Day tells me that this could be a Trypoxylon (Sphecidae). The page reference is to the Zoological Diary where the observations are recorded on which the Journal account is based.

Some of Darwin's spiders were reported on by White (1841, 1849) and there is unidentified material both dry and in spirit in the Zoology Department at the BM.

536. Hymenoptera. I observed this insect carrying a large green caterpillar, and watched it to the cell (537): when with its mandibles, by degrees it forced the caterpillar inside. The rim of the cell is broken; this is the same as (368) found at Bahia.

No specimen found. My colleague Colin Vardy suggests a wasp of the family Eumenidae, possibly Zeta sp. See entries 365–8, 449, 537.

537. Cell made by the latter for its larva (May).

No specimen found.

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538. Orthopterous insect with Acari Do. Do.

No specimen found.

550. Leiodes from Hymenophallus vide [p.] 43.

COLEOPTERA, Nitidulidae: one unidentified specimen in BM (1885–119), Rio, with printed number 550 (?Oxycnemis det. R. W. Aldridge).

Leiodes is not a Nitidulid but is now placed in Leiodidae.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 33) records that a Strongylus [Nitidulidae], attracted by the odour, alighted on the fungus as he carried it in his hand. In a postscript to a letter to Henslow 16 June 1832 (Barlow 1967: 57) he says:

'I found the other day a beautiful Hymenophallus (but I broke it to pieces in bringing it home) and with it an accompanying Leiodes.—almost perfect copy of the Barmouth specimen.—'

The Barmouth specimen referred to must be one of the 'Nitidula' species referred to by Stephens (1827) and discussed in the section on British insects, but is larger.

The fungi collected on the Beagle voyage were described by Berkeley (1839, 1842) but do not include a Hymenophallus so presumably there was not enough of the specimen left to warrant preservation. The page reference is to the Zoological Diary where Darwin says of the fungus 'resembling impudicus' [Phallus] with other descriptive details.

551. Beetle from the dense forest Do. Do.

Lampyridae: Ethra maledicta Olivier. (=lateralis Laporte), one in BM (1887–42) with printed number 551.

552. Cicindela from the forest Do. June.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cicindelinae: no specimen found.

553. Forficula from Do. (forceps curious). Do.

DERMAPTERA: Sphingolabis perplexa Kirby (1891: 529), one in BM (1885–100), Rio (now placed in Kleter).

554. 555: Gyrini. rapid brook in the forest; emit an odour like G. natator Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Gyrinidae: Enhydrus sulcatus Wiedemann, two specimens in Cambridge with this data and printed white labels 554 and 555. One has a small green printed label 48 and there are three other specimens with printed Museum labels. The species referred to in the note is British.


564. Larva of Lampyrus, highly luminous Do.

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae: no specimen found. See entries 440–443 and 506–8.

565. Aphodius the only species I have yet seen in Brazil Do. Do.


COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found.

566. Agrion from the forest; common. Do. Do.

ODONATA, Zygoptera: no specimen found.

567. Frigania. Do. Do. Do.

TRICHOPTERA[Phryganea]: no specimen found.

568. Geotrupes Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Chalcocopris hesperus Olivier, one in BM (1887–42), Rio, with printed label 568.

569. Diptera common Do Do. Do.

Micropezidae: two specimens in Dublin with printed numbers 569.

570. Dipter[a] called sand fly, caught whilst inflicting its painful bite on the knuckle, its favourite place Do. Do.

?Simuliidae: no specimen found but this sounds like a Simulium (see entry 501).

571. Curculio. covered with yellow down, when first taken Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no specimen found but my colleague R. T. Thompson suggests this was probably a Lixus or allied weevil genus.

572. Onthophilus. Inhabits the forest in plenty and does not, I suppose, feed on dung.

COLEOPTERA: Onthophilus is a Histerid but see entry 351 where a numbered Scarabaeid is referred to this genus. One of the unnumbered Scarabaeids referred to 415 may therefore refer here.

573. Gyrinus, brooks in the forest. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Gyrinidae: Gyretes glabratus Règimbart, one in Cambridge labelled with above data and with printed white label 573 (no small green label) and Zimmerman det. label.

574. Coleoptera. Do. Do.

See entry 618.

580. Tricoptera (Stephens) allied to in Fungus in forest, the smallest beetle I have seen in the tropics. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Ptiliidae: Trichopteryx darwinii Matthews (1889: 193), one in BM (no accession number) labelled 'In fungus in the forest Rio de Janeiro' and a printed number 580. See eponyms.

592. Bee (Social) Burrows its nest in the ground in the forest, projecting tube, with folding edges, leading to its nest. Do. Do.

HYMENOPTERA, Apidae: no specimen found but my colleague G. R. Else suggests possibly a genus of the tribe Meliponini such as Melipona or Trigona.

593. Lampyrus [sic], abdominal rings shining. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae: no specimen found. See entries 440–443, 506–8.

594. Curculio (diamond) feigns death to a remarkable degree; is this to compensate for greater danger brought on by brilliancy of colours. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no specimen found but my colleague R. T. Thompson has suggested that this would be an Entimus species, possibly imperialis Forster or nobilis Olivier. Darwin (1871: 367) briefly mentions these beetles in the Descent 'other species [of beetles] are ornamented with gorgeous metallic tints,—for instance, . . . the splendid diamond-beetles which are protected by an extremely hard covering.'

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1832 Insects June Rio de Janeiro 8.

615. Butterfly vide 155. Do. Do.

LEPIDOPTERA: no specimen found. In the Journal, Darwin (1845: 33) mentions 'Papilio feronia' as frequenting the orange groves and draws attention to Doubleday's (1845, Proc. ent. Soc. Lond.: 123) account of the sound producing mechanism of this butterfly—'. . . had recently examined Peridromia Feronia, the butterfly described by Mr C. Darwin, in his 'Tour', as making a noise during flight like the rustling of parchment, and that he had detected a small membranous sac at the base of the fore-wings, with a structure along the subcostal nervure like an Archimedean screw or diaphragm in the tracheae, especially at the dilated base of the wing.'

618. Coleoptera. Do. Do.

I regard this entry as the day to which Darwin (1845: 34) refers in a footnote in the Journal:

'I may mention as a common instance of one day's (June 23rd) collecting, when I was not attending particularly to the Coleoptera, that I caught sixty-eight species of that order. Among these were only two of the Carabidae, four Brachyelytra, fifteen Rhyncophora, and fourteen of the Chrysomelidae. Thirty-seven species of Arachnidae, which I brought home, will be sufficient to prove that I was not paying overmuch attention to the generally favoured order of Coleoptera.'

Anthicidae: Acanthinus aequinoctalis Laporte, one in BM 1887–42), Rio.

Carabidae: Bembidiini subtribe Tachyina (det. N. E. Stork): one in BM (1887–42), Rio, numbered 618.

Chrysomelidae: Cephaloleia picta Baly (1858: 55), one in BM (1885–119), Rio. Diabrotica bilineata Baly, one in BM (1885–119), Rio. D. contigua Baly, one in BM (1885–119), Rio. Epitrix spp., six in BM (3—Rio, 1855–119, one numbered 618; 2 ex Ent. Soc., Rio 1856: 86, one numbered 618).

Coccinellidae: Diomus effusus Brèthes (1924: 165), one in BM (1885–119), Rio, numbered 618. Heterodiomus darwini Brèthes (1924 gen. & sp.: 155), one in BM (1885–119), Rio. Pullus caseyi Brèthes (1924: 171) (subgenus of Scymnus), one in BM (1885–119). P. hians Brèthes (1924: 171), one in BM (1885–119). Scymnus spp., two in BM (1985–119). Syphrea bahiensis Bryant (1942: 107) may refer here (see also entry 3858).

Curculionidae: Leptopiinae, three species of an undetermined genus, in BM, Rio, two numbered 618.

Endomychidae: Stenotarsus areolus Gerstaecker, one in BM (1887–42), Rio. Stenotarsus sp.; one in BM (1887–42), Rio.

Languridae: two in BM (1885–119), Rio, with 618 on verso.

Leiodidae: Adelopsis grouvellei Jeannel (1936: 64, 66), one in BM (1885–119), Rio, numbered 618.

Nitidulidae: ?Pallodes sp., one in BM (1887–42), Rio, numbered 618. Stelidota sp., one in BM (1885–119) numbered 618 and another ex Sharp collection (1905–313) with a Darwin handwritten Rio label and numbered 618 showing that some Darwin specimens were in the Sharp collection.

Scarabaeidae: Canthon sp., two in the BM (1887–42), Rio, numbered 618.

Obviously not all the material has been located.

Some of the unnumbered specimens may refer to 574.

630. Coleoptera taken in Beagle between Rio de Janeiro and Monte Video Do.

Bruchidae: Zabrotes subfasciatus Boheman, one in BM (1858–60) with handwritten (Darwin) 'Rio' and numbered 630 on verso. This beetle is a pest of haricot beans which were probably carried on board. It occurs in central and South America and elsewhere (Aitken, 1975). It may have been on the Calavances (see 778). In the Journal Darwin (1845: 158–9) discusses insects at sea at some length but makes no specific reference to this and the next five entries suggesting they were all possibly 'ships fauna'.

631. Cloporta [sic—Coleoptera] Beagle Do.

No specimen found. See entry 630.

632. Meligethes. Beagle, common come from the ripe fruit of the Banana Do.

COLEOPTERA, Nitidulidae. No specimen found.


633. Acrydium. Rio de Janeiro. Do.

ORTHOPTERA: the only 'Acridium' found were described by Walker from Monte Video and may refer here if in fact they were taken on board the Beagle between Rio and Monte Video as the previous and following entries suggest (see entry 630).

Acrididae: Acridium sellatum Walker (1870: 585), one in the BM (1845–68) (=Schistocerca gregaria Forskål, the desert locust). Acridium maculiferum Walker (1870: 622), one in the BM (1845–68). Eynisacris extranea Walker (1870: 639), one in the BM (1845–68) (now in Diponthus).

It seems possible that some mislabelling has occurred and that some of these refer elsewhere; see entries 1329, 1330, 3152.

634. Lampyrus Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae: no specimen found. See entries 440–443, 506–508.

635. Diptera. Beagle. Do.

No specimen found, unless any of 646 refer here.

636. Lepidoptera. diurna Rio de Janeiro. Do.

No specimen found.

637. 638. Moths Do. Do.

No Darwin Lepidoptera have been described specifically from Rio but Leucania extranea Guenée (Walker, 1856: 93) (now Mythimna (Pseudaletia) unipuncta Haworth, Noctuidae) and Calonota helymus Boisduval (Walker, 1856: 1627) (now Calanotos helymus Cramer, Ctenuchidae) recorded from 'South America. C. Darwin' may refer here though no specimens have been found in the collections.

640. Colymbetes, taken on board must have at least flown 45 miles from Cape St. Mary. [Monte Video—crossed out] R. Plata [substituted by Darwin] (July).

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Colymbetes signatus Babington (1842: 7), one in the BM (1863–44), Monte Video, may refer here. Darwin mentions this in the Origin (1859) and asks 'how much further it might have flown with a favouring gale'. See also entry 862.

641. 642. 643. 644. Gnats, in same situation as last in great numbers Do. Do.

Lost Lost

DIPTERA, Tipulidae: Limnobia reciproca Walker (1849: 50), one in the BM (1845–68) (now Trimicra pilipes F.). This almost certainly refers here as Edwards (1927) recorded this species and a chironomid of the genus Tanytarsus in a similar situation, 32 miles from the Brazilian coast.

645. Pediculus, from a petrel called Cape-pidgeon, in the open ocean August.


PHTHIRAPTERA: the bird referred to as the cape-pidgeon is the cape petrel or pintado (Daption capensis L.) and is discussed by Gould in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 140–1).

August M. Video R. Plata

646. Diptera, Rat Island, M. Video Do.

The following Diptera described or recorded by Walker from Monte Video probably refer here.

Anthomyiidae: Anthomyia corelia Walker (1849: 953–4) (=Delia platura Meigen).

Asilidae: Asilus mucius Walker (1849: 463).

Bibionidae: Dilophus thoracicus Guerin (Walker, 1849: 118).

Calliphoridae: Musca lyrcea Walker (1849: 874) (=Myolucilia); M. gamelia Walker (1849: 878), one in the BM (1845–68) (a synonym of the previous species).

Muscidae: Anthomyia cutilia Walker (1849: 954) (=Psilochaeta chalybea Wiedemann); A. felsina Walker (1849: 954) (=Neurotrixa).

Pyrgotidae: Chromatomyia ?distincta Walker (1849: 806). Now referred to Dichromyia sanguiniceps Meigen and may not belong to this family.

Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaga tessellata Wiedemann (Walker, 1849: 829); S. chlorogaster Wiedemann (Walker, 1849: 834); S. proerna Walker (1849: 835) (=Sarconesia chlorogaster Wiedemann).

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Sphaeroceridae: Borborus quinquemaculatus Walker (1849: 1130) (=Archiborborus hirtipes Macquart).

See also entry 671.

647. Blatta Do. Do. Do.

BLATTODEA: Blabera brasiliana Saussure (Walker, 1868: 2), no specimen found; B. dubia Serville (Walker, 1868: 9), one in the BM (1845–68).

664. Pediculus, from a Tringa (Peewit) Do.

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found. The bird referred to is Vanellus cayanus Gray, the pied plover referred to as Philomachus cayanus by Gould in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 127), where, in Darwin's notes on behaviour, it is compared with the British peewit. Like our peewit it has a local name, 'tero-tero', derived from its cry.

665. Curculio, on sandy hillocks near the sea Do.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no specimen found.

666. Cillenum ?(Leach) under stones in mud, Rat Island, water brackish August.


COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cillenum[s] is a synonym of Bembidion. No specimen found.

667. Agonum ?allied to; elytra singularly sculptured; Habit Do. Do. Do.


COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

671. Diptera. very common here Do. Do.

Sciomyzidae: Tetanocera angulifera Walker (1849: 1085), three in the BM (1845–68) are referred here rather than to 646, as the presence of three specimens suggests it may have been 'very common'.

672. Acarus from Cavia capybara (Linn). Do.

Arachnida, Acari—not an insect.

673. Ricinus, from Rhynchops. Do.


PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found. The host bird referred to is Rhynchops niger L., the Black Skimmer discussed in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: vol. 3, 143–4) and the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 137).

674. Moth, common on the mount. [Green Mount, 450′ high] Do.

LEPIDOPTERA, Arctiidae: Ecpantheria indecisa Walker (1855: 697), four in the BM (1846–38), S. America, one with white printed label 674.

675. Beetle, found in middle of an ants nest (accidental?) Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found. Some beetles normally live in ants nests.

676. Carabidae [beetle-struck out] common under the drift matter of the tide. Do. (August)


1832 Insects M. Video August 9.

677. Heterom: 4: Poecilus, Dermestes, Necrobia, Haltica, Galeruca, Coccinella, Forficula, Harpales, Amarus, Pterostichus, Trechus, Peryphus, 2 Curculio, Forficula, Corixa, 2 Harpalus, Noloptes, Capsida, Colymbetes, Feronia, Pentatoma, Silpha, Hygrotus, Hister, 2 Chrysomela. The greater number found under stones and sticks. Hybernating [sic] on the Mount. [Several scientific names have one letter spelling corrections by Darwin.]

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctia circumfusa Germar, three in BM (1880–43, 1863–49), one numbered 677. Bembidion (Notaphus) embei Solier (det. N. E. Stork), one in the BM


(1885–119) with handwritten 677. The following untraced (and probably misidentified Carabidae recorded from Monte Video are also referred here although some may refer to 678. 'Baripus speciosus (Klug) Dejean' (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840c). 'Baripus rivalis Dejean (Molops rivalis Germar)' (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840c). 'Feronia corinthia Dejean (Molops corinthia German)' (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b). Feronia submetallica Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b: 122). Feronia assimilis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b). Feronia (Argutor) patagonica Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 126). There are also 3 Agonum spp. numbered 677 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

Chrysomelidae: Platynocera murina Blanchard, one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 678 (included here because this family is not mentioned under entry 678).

Coccinellidae: Coccinella aucoralis Germar, one in the BM (1885–119), Monte Video, is referred here as this family is not mentioned under entry 678.

Curculionidae: Listroderes apicalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 123), one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 677. (See also entry 678).

Scarabaeidae: Trox pilularius Germar, six in the BM (1887–42) each with a handwritten 677.

Tenebrionidae: Crypticus platensis Fairmaire, one in the BM (1887–42) with a handwritten 677 (see also 491, 1321). Epipedonota bonariensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 119).

HEMIPTERA, Pentatomidae: Mecocephala acuminata Dallas (1851: 180; also Walker, 1867), one in the BM (1845–68). Aceratodes fulvicornis F. (Dallas, 1851; Walker, 1867), one in the BM (1845–68) (=Edessa).

Pelogonidae: two of this family at Cambridge, labelled S. America and with a green label printed 6 may refer here. These bugs are semi-aquatic and seem to fit better here (with Colymbetes and Corixa mentioned) than under 2444, 2446.

No Dermaptera ('Forficula') have been found for this entry.

678. (7 Lamellicorn: I). 2 Heterom: 2 Curculio. 9 Carabidae insects found Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion (Notaphus) embei Solier (det. N. E. Stork), three in the BM (1885–119) and a handwritten number 678. Feronia dejeanii Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 121), one in the BM (1863–44) numbered 678. Feroniola laticollis Sol (det. S. L. Straneo, 1950), one in the BM numbered 678. Feronia cordicollis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), one in the BM (1863–44) numbered 678 (=Pterostichus). There are also two Agonum spp. numbered 678 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

Curculionidae: Listroderes apicalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 123), two in the BM (1845–63, 1885–119) both numbered 678 (see also entry 677).

Dermestidae: Dermestes maculatus Degeev, two in BM (1887–94), numbered 678.

Silphidae: Oxelytrum erythrurum Blanchard, one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 678 (see also entry 796).

691. Harpalidae (one of) Mount Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

692. Cerambyx buildings: M. Video Do.

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: Cyllene spinifera Newman (1840 gen. & sp.: 8)—'Inhabits South America taken by Mr Darwin, in cabinet of Entomological Society'—one in the BM (1863–44), Monte Video, with printed number 692.

B. Blanca. Northern Patagonia [with a short rule inserted above].

694. Harpalidae (one of) Bahia Blanca.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

695. Meloe: elytra with bright yellow spots, sides of abdomen red, emitted yellow fluid. from Do.

COLEOPTERA, Meloidae: no specimen found.

696. 697. 698. Trox (3 species) B. Blanca Sept.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Trox brevicollis Eschscholtz, one in the BM with C. Darwin [18]87–42 printed on a green label and no further data, but the rest of the series (non-Darwin) are from Chile.

See entry 677 for another reference to this genus.

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699. 700. 701. 702. 4 species of Melasomes. Tolerably abundant, in

(a) Sand hillocks Do. Do.

(a) [from verso of page] (700) Is the commonest insect in the place runs very actively on the sand.—

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: no specimen found.

703. Scarabidae. All these beetles inhabit sandy hillocks near sea. This beetle seems to live on the dung of ostriches. I saw one busily employed in pushing along a large peice [sic] with its frontal horns from Do. Do. 19th.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Eucranium dentifrons Guérin, one in the BM (1887–42, as Anomiopsis) numbered 703. Ataenius rubripes Boheman, two in the BM (1887–42), B. Blanca. Homalochilus niger Blanchard, one in the BM (1885–119), B. Blanca. Megathopa violacea Blanchard, one in BM (1845–63).

The last three (unnumbered) species are also allocated here but seem rather small for the above observation (see also 1492). The 'ostrich' is the common rhea (Rhea americana Latham) and is written about at length both in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 120–3) and the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 43, 89).

705. 706. 707. Heteromerous insects, Sandy plains Do.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia puncticollis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 110)—'tolerably abundant on sand hillocks'—one in the BM (1845–63). Scotobius ovalis Guérin, two in BM (1845–63, 1885–119), former numbered 707.

See also entry 724 for other Nyctelia.

708. Staphylinus Do. Sept.

COLEOPTERA, Staphylinidae: no specimen found, unless the specimen recorded by Kritsky (1981) in the Field Museum, Chicago refers here. No further data is available so the Chicago specimen could also refer to 3445.

709. Insects Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Nitidulidae: Neobrachypterus darwini Jelinek (1979: 194), 21 specimens in the BM (1885–119) numbered 709. There is also an unidentified weevil (Curculionidae, Baridinae) in the BM accessions: Bahia Blanca, 709.

717. Harpalidoes [?]: I: sandy plain. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

718. Meloe. hillocks. Hind legs very long, forehead angular; sides of abdomen bluish. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Meloidae: no specimen found.

719. Lamellicorn (Hoplia) copulating in great numbers, sandy plain. Do. Do. 19th.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found.

720. Lamellicorn Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found.

721. Coccinella. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Coccinellidae: Pullus piceipennis Brèthes (1924: 170) is from Bahia, Blanca but appears to refer to 1495.

722. Coccinella (allied to) Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Coccinellidae: no specimen found.

1832 Insects B. Blanca Sept. 10.

724. Coleoptera. Heterom; Rio Negro.

Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia rugosa Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 111), recorded from Bahia Blanca, but no specimen found; see also entry 864. N. saundersii Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 111), two in the BM


(1863–44), Bahia Blanca. N. nodosa Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 115), recorded from Bahia Blanca but no specimens found. Epipedonota bonariensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 119), recorded from Bahia Blanca but no specimen found. Scotobius muricatus Guérin (=crispatus Germar), one in the BM (1885–119) Bahia Blanca.

See also entries 705–707.

725. Colymbetes. B. Blanca

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: no specimen found.

726. Carabidous beetle from the mud banks of the harbor [sic].


COLEOPTERA, Carabidae.

752. Carabidous beetle inhabiting sand hillocks.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Harpalinae: one in the BM (1887–42), Bahia Blanca and white label with printed 752.

753. Crysomela [sic] on a flower.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: Cryptostetha juanae Bechyne (det. M. Daccordi), one in BM, Bahia Blanca. See also 766).

765. Lamellicorn from Monte Hermosa B. Blanca.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

766. Chrysomela [sic] near the sea Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: see entry 753 which could refer here instead.

767. Harpalus Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

768. Elater. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Elateridae: no specimen found.

778. Bruchus from the Calavances on board.

COLEOPTERA, Bruchidae: Acanthoscelides objectus Say, one in the BM (1885–119) and numbered 778. Calavances was an English common name for certain varieties of pulse (Leguminosae, Dolichos etc.) (Mrs M. Greiff in litt.) This beetle is a well-known pest of stored products and although thought to have originated in tropical S. America is now almost cosmopolitan (Aitken, 1975). See also 630.

786. Curculio B. Blanco [a] Sept.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no specimen found.

787. Lamellicorn Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

788. Amara: sandy hillocks Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

789. Clavipalpes. Heterom. Lat: living at roots of grass; sandy hillocks Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

790. Pulex from the Armadillo (375) Do. Do.

See Spirits of Wine list, no. 376.

795. Carab: sand hillocks; beautiful comb of spines over the tarsi.

The following may refer here:

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Odontoscelis darwinii Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 356), one in the BM (1863–44) (=Cnemacanthus). See Fig. 14. O. striatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 358), one in the BM (1863–44) 'on a sandy plain at Bahia Blanca' (=Cnemacanthus). Cardiophthalmus stephensi Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 361), one in the BM (1863–44), Bahia Blanca (=Barypus).

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Fig. 14 Two Carabid beetles described by G. R. Waterhouse: Odontoscelis darwinii from Bahia Blanca and Cardiophthalmus longitarsis from Port Desire (see Insect Notes, 795 and 1794) (from the Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1840), by courtesy of Taylor & Francis Ltd.)


796. Silpha. in numbers feeding on carrion with Trox and Dermestes Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Silphidae: Oxelytrum erythrurum Blanchard, one in the BM (1885–119), Bahia Blanca.

See also 678.

797. Lamellicorn; I think this number has been used twice: once for a large bush, bearing very sweet flowers and no leaves Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Pachrodema flaveola Moser, one in the BM (1887–42), B. Blanca and printed label 797.

820. Harpalus M. Hermosa.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

829. Fly just killed a gnat. B. Blanca Do. [This entry is followed by a rule across the page presumably by Darwin to indicate end of Bahia Blanca entries—see inserted heading above entry 694.]

DIPTERA: no specimen found.

839. Saperda on the trunk of the Plytocalla; (a large tree), B. Ayres.

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: no specimen found.

840. Diptera on flowers. B. Ayres.

No specimen found.

841. Do. Do. Do.

No specimen found.

842. Coleoptera Do. Do.

Scarabaeidae: Canthidium breve Germar, two in the BM (1887–42), B. Ayres. See also entry 843 for this species.

843. Coleoptera M. Video.

Carabidae: Bembidion (Notaphus) embei Solier (det. N. E. Stork), one in the BM (1885–119), Monte Video and numbered 843. See also entries 677, 678 for this species. Feronia cordicollis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R. 1841b), one in the BM (1885–119), Monte Video and numbered 843. Feroniola laticollis Solier (det. S. L. Straneo, 1950), one in the BM numbered 843. There are also 3 Agonum sp. numbered 843 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

Scarabaeidae: Canthidium breve Germar, two in the BM (1887–42), Monte Video and numbered 843.

Tenebrionidae: Scotobius pilularius Germar (=miliaris Billberg), one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 843.

848. Heterom; common under stones. Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

849. Nest of Bee, under stones. Contained leaden blue, slightly sweet honey; mouth closed by a sepal of a flower M. Video.

No specimen found.

1832 Insects M. Video 11.

850. Heterom. feeding on Compositae flowers and when touched, like Meloe emitting yellow fluid. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Melyridae: Astylus quadrilineatus Germar (Champion, 1918c) may refer here.

851. Heterom; habits Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found. See entry 850.

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858. Coleoptera—The Mount.

Carabidae: Feronia (Poecillus) depressa Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 126), one in the BM (1885–119), Monte Video, numbered 858 (=Cynthidia planodisca Perty).

Scarabaeidae: Ateuchus robustum Harold, one in the BM (1887–42), M. Video and numbered 858. See also entry 1505 for this species.

860. Meloe. San Blas: Bay of Patagonia. North of R. Negro

COLEOPTERA, Meloidae: no specimen found.

861. Belostomus, in Water, Rat Island. M. Video.

HEMIPTERA, Belostomatidae: no specimen found.

862. Calosoma; flew on board when we were about 10 miles from the shore; Bay of San Blas.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Calosoma patagoniense Hope (1838: 129), one in the BM (1863–44) and numbered 862. See also entry 2484 for this species.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 158) says '. . . and a fine beetle (Calosoma) flew on board. Other instances are known of this beetle having been caught far out at sea; and this is the more remarkable as the greater number of the Carabidae seldom or never take wing'. He goes on to discuss the weather conditions and the movements of the other insects involved. See the entry cited under 870–872. See also entries 875, 1301–1303.

863. Lamellicorn. San Blas.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

864. Heterom. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia rugosa Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 138), one in the BM (1863–44), labelled 'Bahia Blanca' and with printed number 864.

866. Moths, flying about the ship, the chrysalis probably were in the fire wood.

LEPIDOPTERA, Geometridae: Macaria subornata Walker (1863: 1644), one in the BM (1846–38), 'probably from Patagonia' (described from Monte Video), may refer here. See also entry 1597.

867. 868. 869. Carabidous beetle, dead in the sea; 40 miles off the Straits of Magellan.

Carabidae: Cardiophthalmus clivinoides Curtis, one in the BM (1863–44) 'str. of Magellan' on handwritten label. Waterhouse, G. R. (1840c: 254, footnote) says 'I find that I had accidentally overlooked a specimen of the Cardiophthalmus clivinoides Curtis, in Mr Darwin's collection. This specimen was "found dead in the sea, 40 miles off the Straits of Magellan"—Mr Darwin's Notes.' Curtis (1839, Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 18: 185) described the species from material collected at Port Famine by Captain King during his survey of the Straits of Magellan. Antarctia leucoscelis Putzeys, one in the BM (1885–119) S. America (det. Straneo 1950) with printed number 869.

870. 871. 872. Butterflies vide P. 138.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 158) writes 'One evening, when we were about ten miles from the Bay of San Blas, vast numbers of butterflies in bands or flocks of countless myriads, extended as far as the eye could range. Even by the aid of a telescope it was not possible to see a space free from butterflies. The seamen cried out "it was snowing butterflies", and such in fact was the appearance. More than one species were present, but the main part belonged to a kind very similar to but not identical with, the common English Colias edusa. Some moths and hymenoptera accompanied the butterflies.' See also entries 1301–1303.

Williams (1930: 137) refers this butterfly to Colias lesbia F. (Pieridae) and says 'Fitzroy (1839) says "white" butterflies about 4 p.m. in very hot weather with cloudless sky. He also gives the exact date, which is omitted by Darwin'. The exact date referred to is December 4th 1832 and is included by Darwin in the Zoological Diary on which the Journal entry is based, but he goes on to ask 'How are we to account for these flights which others have also observed? Is it an instinct implanted in the animal to find new countries its own one being overtaken by a particularly favourable year?'

No specimen has been located. See also entries 1301–1303.

J. J. Walker (1931) suggests that Fitzroy's 'white' butterflies could be other Pieridae but no specimens have been found. Colias lesbia is greenish white, rather like the helice form of our 'British' C. croceus Geoffroy (=edusa F.).


873. Libellula. M. Video.

ODONATA: no specimen found.

874. Cimex, San Blas [coast S. of Bahia Blanca, Patagonia].

HEMIPTERA: no specimen found.

875. C. Corientes south of the mouth of the R. Plata a)

Fresh water and Carabidous beetles found alive in the sea. South of Cape Corrientes, flown off the shore? I was very much surprised to see how perfectly alive and active the fresh Water beetles were (Colymbetes, Hydroporus, Hydrobius &c; and there were other insects which I by accident lost). This may be a very instrumental means in peopling Islands with insects; I cannot help suspecting they were washed down from the Plata; although 250 miles distant from the fresh Water. I think this from the numbers of living and dead ones floating in the sea. The distance from the nearest shore was 17 miles, off Cape Corrientes; Capt. Cook, saw numerous insects blown off near St Georges Bay; and formerly in last voyage this fact was frequently noticed; [continued]

a) [from verso] The neighbouring country is exceedingly arid & not likely to support freshwater insects.

1832 Insects Good Success Bay Decr 20th 12.

[continued] it must be owing to flat country without trees, no shelter; insects once in air cannot stop.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion sp. (det. N. E. Stork), one in the BM (1885–119). 'In sea off C. Corrientes Argentina' with handwritten 'Plata Patag 875'. There is also an Agonum sp. numbered 875 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

Hydrophilidae: Enochrus sp., one in the BM numbered 875. There are also two Enochrus spp. in Cambridge which could refer here (but see also entries 1314, 1505 and 2367).

The following Dytiscidae may refer here though described from Tierra del Fuego.

Dytiscidae: Colymbetes darwini Babington (1842: 8), one in the BM (1863–44) (=Rhantus signatus F.); C. magellanicus Babington (1842: 10), two in the BM (1863–44) (=Platynectes); Hydroporus unidecemlineatus Babington (1842: 13), two in the BM (1863–44) (=Necterosoma) (see comment on this species in entry 3561).

A similar account to the above entry is given in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 159) with a general discussion of insects at sea including items quoted under 862 and 867–872.

In the Origin Darwin (1859) says 'The occasional emigrations of insects of many kinds, associated together, which as I have witnessed, must perish by countless myriads in the sea, are still more remarkable, as they belong to families none of which are naturally social or even migrate'. See also entries 640, 1301–1303, and for similar accounts see Walker, J. J. (1931: 215).

880. Carabus, damp forest; this Carabus does not ascend the mountains. Navarin Id. South T. del Fuego

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Carabus suturalis F. (Hope, 1838) (s.g. Ceroglossus) may refer here. Hope mentions that 'when captured, it emitted (like all the other species of Carabus from Tierra del Fuego) a strong ammoniacal odour'. See also entry 2327.

881. Harpalidous I: found flying in numbers about sea coast in evening. These insects live amongst the soft yellow balls which are excrescences; or rather fungi growing on the Fagus antarcticus, and which are eaten by the Fuegians.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Abropus splendidus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: genus 134, species 135). (=Habropus carnifex F.), one in the BM (1863–44) with blue handwritten labels. See also entries 906 and 1839. See Fig. 15.

The fungus was described by the Revd J. M. Berkeley (1842b: 37) as Cyttaria darwinii and it is illustrated and discussed at some length in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 236).

[There are two vertical ink lines drawn (by Darwin?) through this and the following two entries apparently to link the three entries.]

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Fig. 15 Three Carabid beetles from the Straits of Magellan described by G. R. Waterhouse: 1, Abropus splendidus; 2, Migadops virescens; 3, Migadops ovalis. All occur in Navarin Island, both genera were new to science (see Insect Notes 881, 882, 906, 930) (from the Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1841), by courtesy of Taylor & Francis Ltd.) Abropus splendidus lives among the edible fungus Cyttaria darwinii Berkeley which grows on the Southern Beech (Nothofagus) and is eaten by the natives of Tierra del Fuego.


882. Harpalidous; the most abundant insect, under stones & c in the damp forest. [Navarin Island].

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops virescens Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 136 (gen. & sp.), pl. 3, fig 2), above data given, six in the BM (1885–119, 1842–14, 1863–44), Tierra del Fuego, one with printed number 882 (=M. laeta Guérin). Champion (1918a) places this species in Brachycoelus. See Fig. 15.

883. Harpalidous I: the only insect which I found inhabiting the very bare Summits of the mountains. n.b. The woods are all more or less elevated above the sea.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops ovalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 139, pl. 3, fig. 3) may refer here, see fig. 15, also entries 908, 911 and 1049.

884. Lamellicorn ['Sericodes Reichii Guer.' comment inserted by unidentified hand. See also entry 968.] common in the forest.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Sericoides glacialis F., one in the BM (1885–119), Tierra del Fuego with printed 884 and handwritten 'reichii Guer'.

906. Coleoptera; wooded hills [Navarin I.]

Carabidae: Abropus splendidus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: genus 134, species 135) (=Habropus carnifex F.), one in the BM (1863–44) numbered 906, see Fig. 15 and also entries 881 and 1839. Antarctia blanda Dejean, one in the BM (1880–43), Tierra del Fuego and numbered 906. Antarctonomus peroni Chaud (Champion, 1918b) (=A. complanatus Blanchard), two in the BM (1885–119), Tierra del Fuego, numbered 906. Bembidiomorphum convexum Champion (1918b: 44, 45), one in the BM (1885–119), Navarin and numbered 906, see also entries 1010, 1049 and 2449. Trechus antarcticus Dejean, one in the BM (1885—119) numbered 906, see also entries 1061, 1151 (Now in Trechisebus see Jeannel, 1927).

Scarabaeidae: Listronyx testaceus F. (=Sericoides), one in the BM (1885–119), Tierra del Fuego, numbered 906.

Staphylinidae: Nordenskjoldella flavitarsis Enderlein (Champion 1918b) probably refers here.

908. Coleoptera—from the very summit under stones; Katers Peak. Katers Peak abrupt cone of Greenstone 1700 feet high, in Hermit Island near Wigwam Cove not far from Cape Horn.

Carabidae: Cascellius nitidus Waterhouse, G. R. (1840c: 255), two in the BM (1863–44), Tierra del Fuego and Navarin I. Migadops ovalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 139); two in the BM (1880–43), see Fig. 15, also entries 883, 911, 1049. Trechus hornensis Fairmaire, 12 in the BM (1885–119), numbered 908, see also entry 909.

Curculionidae: Antarctobius lacunosus Fairmaire (Champion, 1918b) (=Listroderes), three in the BM (1880–43), numbered 908, see also entry 2415. A. rugirostris Champion (1918b: 54), one in the BM, Hardy Peninsula, Cape Horn (=Listroderes). Listroderes katerensis Champion (1918b: 53), two in the BM (1880–43), numbered 908. L. quadrituberculatus Champion (1918b: 51), two in the BM (1880—43), one numbered 908.

Perimylopidae: Hydromedion elongatum Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 333), three in the BM (1875–35), numbered 908.

909. Carab: very abundant. Hab. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Trechus hornensis Fairmaire, one in the BM (1885–119) with printed number 909 (=Trechisibus, see Jeannel, 1927). See also entries 908, 1025.

910. Carab: under stones sea beach. Wigwam Cove also in hills Navarin Island.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops virescens Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 136) (=laeta Guérin). Champion (1918a) places this species in Brachycoelus.

911. Carab: (same as 883?) very abundant, summit Katers Peak.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops ovalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 139, pl. 3, fig. 3) may refer here. See also entries 883, 908, 1049.

912. 913. Heterom. common very summit Katers Peak.

COLEOPTERA, Perimylopidae: Hydromedion elongatum Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 333), one in the BM (1875–35), with printed 913.

Tenebrionidae: P.arahelops pubescens Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), one in the BM (1887–94 [error for 1887–42]), with printed 912.

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914. Curculio on Fagus antarcticus [Tierra del Fuego].

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Lophotus longipes Waterhouse, G. R. (1840b: 334), one in the BM (1863–44). L. vitulus F. (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840b), one in the BM (1863–44) (now var. bulbifer Kuschel) (=Aegorhinus).

Dr G. Kuschel, in a letter to R. T. Thompson, says L. vitulus is the commonest weevil on Nothofagus and that L. longipes (=Alastoropolus strumosus Olivier) is confined to Nothofagus.

923. Ricinus, from Albatross, Cape Horn, Jan: 1833.

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found.

925. Libellula, Navarin Island.

ODONATA: no specimen found.

930. Harpal; Navarin Island. Jan.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops darwinii Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 138), two in the BM (1842–14, 1863–44), Tierra del Fuego. M. virescens Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 136), one in the BM (1885–119) with printed 930. M. nigrocaeruleus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 138), one in the BM (1863–44), Tierra del Fuego.

967. Hymenoptera, Ponsonby Sound.

No specimen found.

1833 Insects Tierra del Fuego Jany 13.

968. Lucanus in rotten Beech. Ponsonby Sound. ['Dorcus femoralis Guerin see my Catal no 520 (D. rubripes—Dupont)' this comment added to ms by unidentified hand. See also entry 884.]

COLEOPTERA, Lucanidae: Dorcus darwinii Hope (1841: 33; 1844: 279), one in Oxford which Hope (1844: 280) erroneously recorded from Chile though the species does occur there (see 2773) (=Sclerognathus femoralis Guérin). There are other non-Darwin specimens of this species in the BM from Tierra del Fuego. See also eponyms for dedication.

969. Hemipt:, in great numbers under rotten bark Ponsonby Sound.

HEMIPTERA: no specimen found.

1005. Alpine Colymbetes. Hardy Peninsula. Feby.

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Colymbetes rotundicollis Babington (1842: 7), alpine situation in Tierra del Fuego, two in the BM (1863–44), one with a red printed 5 [= 1005] (=Lancetes). See also entry 1049.

1006. 1007. Heterom. Mountain H. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Parahelops darwini Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), see also 1049, one in the BM (1875–35) with red printed 6 [= 1006]. P. pubescens Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), one in the BM (1875–35) with red printed 7 [= 1007].

1008. Byrridae Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Byrrhidae: Morychastes australis Blanchard (Champion, 1918b: 48), Champion regards two Darwin specimens in the BM as wrongly labelled Bahia and referable to Tierra del Fuego.

1009. Carab Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cascellius aeneo-niger Waterhouse, G. R. (1840c: 256), two in the BM (1863–44), Hardy Peninsula.

1010. Carab. Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidiomorphum convexum Champion (1981b: 44, 45), one in the BM (1885–119) with red printed 10 [= 1010]. See also entries 906, 1049, 2449.

1011. Cimex. Do. Do. Do.

HEMIPTERA: no specimen found.


1012. Haltica. Do. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: Docemina crassipes Champion (1918b: 50), one in BM (1885–119) with printed red 12 [= 1012].

1021. 1022. 1023. 1024. Heteromerous insects. V. infra (No. 1043).

COLEOPTERA, Perimylopidae: Chanopterus brevipennis Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 332) (=paradoxus Boheman), two in the BM (1885–119, 1875–35) with red printed numbers 21 and 23 [= 1021 and 1023], see also 1049. Hydromedion elongatum Waterhouse, (1875: 333), one in the BM (1875–35) with red printed number 22 [= 1022].

1025. Alpine (Bembidium) insect.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidiomorphum convexum Champion (1918b: 44, 45), 'Hardy Peninsula, near Cape Horn, Navarin Island, also Chile' must refer here; see also entries 906, 1010, 1049. Trechus hornensis Fairmaire (=Trechisibus, see Jeannel 1927), one in the BM (1885–119) with red printed label numbered 25 [= 1025]. See also entries 908, 909.

1043. Heterom; under stone just above high water mark.

(a) [vide 1021 crossed out? by Darwin].

a) [from verso] The habitat of these insects, was the most singular I ever observed; it was in the fissures of slate rock and in which the genus Capulus [Limpet] was adhering to the stone alive, and therefore of course beneath high watermark:— from the wet condition of the insects and their inactivity I do not believe they remove themselves.—There would appear to be two sorts or they are in different states of maturity:— from the soft state of some specimens, the larva must have undergone its metamorphosis in this site.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Parahelops pubescens Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), one in the BM with red printed 43 [= 1043]. See 1006,1007. Something is wrong here as this species is now normally associated with alpine Nothofagus forest though some other Tenebrionidae are known to be intertidal (e.g. Epantius, Phaleria).

1044. Ricinus from the Falco (1028).

PHTHIRAPTERA, Philopteridae: Ischnocera, 'Degeeriella group', one tube of six specimens in the BM (1863–44), Tierra del Fuego, with red printed 44 [= 1044].

In the Denny collection at Oxford are 11 specimens mounted on celluloid from Tierra del Fuego which refer here.

The 'Falco' referred to is listed under 1028 in Darwin's Ornithological Notes (Barlow, 1963) as 'Falco P. Pezoporus' and is referable to Milvago chimango (Viellott) the Chimango Caracara. In the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 14) it is treated by Gould, though somewhat doubtfully, as a separate species M. pezoporus Meyen. In the Journal Darwin (1845: 54–6) writes at some length on this and related species.

1049. Coleoptera, chiefly H[ardy]. Peninsula. March.

Carabidae: Antarctonomus peroni Chaudoir (Champion, 1918b) (=A. complanatus Blanchard), one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 1049. Bembidiomorphum convexum Champion (1918b: 44, 45), two in the BM (1885–119), numbered 1049, see also entries 906, 1010, 1025. Migadops ovalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 139), one in the BM (1844–3) numbered 1049, see also entries 883, 908, 911.

Dytiscidae: Colymbetes rotundicollis Babington (1842: 7), two in the BM (1863–44), numbered 1049, see also 1005.

Perimylopidae: Chanopterus brevipennis Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 332) (=paradoxus Boheman) six in the BM (1875–35), numbered 1049, see also entries 1021, 1023.

Tenebrionidae: Parahelops darwini Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), one in the BM (1875–35), numbered 1049, see also entry 1006. P. pubescens Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), four in the BM (1875–35, 1885–119) and numbered 1049. See also entry 1007.

1050. Harpalidae. Falkland Island. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctia malachitus Dejean (now= Metius), one in the BM (1885–119) labelled Tierra del Fuego but with a red printed number 50 [= 1050]. Clearly some error has occurred in labelling as the MS labels also indicate Tierra del Fuego, but the species also occurs on the Falkland Islands. G. S. Robinson (1984, Insects of the Falkland Islands, 38 pp. BM (NH)) lists Falkland insects.

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1051. Ricinus from Scolopax (1048). Do.

PHTHIRAPTERA: no specimen found.

The comments under 1048 in the Ornithological Notes (Barlow, 1963: 213) link this to Scolopax (Telmetias) magellanicus King in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 131) which is now referable to the Puna Snipe (Gallingo paraguaiae magellenica).

1057. Moth on leaf of black currant bush, Good Success Bay T. del Fuego.

LEPIDOPTERA: no specimen found.

1060. Harpal: (Sphodrus?). Falkland Island. Was this insect imported or is it an original inhabitant. March.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Merizodus maceyi Bates (Champion, 1918a) (=Oopterus solidadenus Guérin), one in the BM (1885–119), Falkland, may refer here.

1061. Harpal; abundant near coast East Falkland Island.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Trechus antarcticus Guérin (Champion, 1918a) 'Falkland and Tierra del Fuego' in Champion's paper (=Trechisibus, see Jeannel, 1927), one in the BM (1885–119) with red printed 61 [= 1061]. See also entries, 906, 1151.

1071. Fly.

DIPTERA, Heleomyzidae: Prosopantrum acquiseta Malloch (1933: 204), two in the BM (1885–119) may refer here.

1086. Harpalidous, insect Do. Both insects are common to Tierra del Fuego.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Migadops falklandicus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 137), one in the BM (1863–44) with red printed number 86 [= 1086]. A different species of the same genus is found in Tierra del Fuego (see entries 882, 883, 910, 911).

1087. 1088. Heterom, near coast. Falkland Isld.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Parahelops quadricollis Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 333, 335).

1137. Gonoleptes. March.

Arachnida (spider)—not an insect.

1151. Coleoptera. Do.

Carabidae: Trechus antarcticus Dejean (=Trechisibus see Jeannel, 1927), five in the BM (1885–119) numbered 1151 (see also entries 906, 1061).

Curculionidae: Falklandius turbificatus Enderlein (Champion, 1918a), one in the BM numbered 1151, see also entry 1912.

Staphylinidae: Phytosus darwinii Waterhouse, F. H. (1879: 531) (Antarctophytosus Champion, 1918a, now in Halmaeusa), may refer here.

1180. Diptera. Hardy Peninsula.

No specimen found.

1181. Scarabaus. Feeding on horse dung and throwing up the sand, like Geotrupes, sand dunes Maldonado R. Plata.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found. See entry 1491.

1883 Maldonado: Insects March 14.

1182. Coleop: feeding on Lycoperdium [sic] and Fringi [sic—Fungi]

No specimen found.

1183. Notonecta.

HEMIPTERA, Notonectidae: no specimen found.


1225(a) [on verso]

(1225) Aphodius; one of the rare instances of finding these insects in this country, under horse dung which was however not quite fresh. Maldonado.

(1253) Coleoptera in Lycoperdium [sic] (1346). Maldonado.

(1254) Brachinus; emits loud and visible explosions, lives in families, beneath stones in open plains—Maldonado.

COLEOPTERA. There is an Aphodius 'Maldonado Point' (1887–42) in the BM accessions. Some Coleoptera numbered 1291 may refer to 1254. See also entry 1491.

1291. Brachinus. Explosion very loud and visible; the skin of my finger, was for many days afterwards stained brown; at the instant of explosion a sensation of warmth was felt; taste of secretion very acrid, even when diluted. June.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Brachinus maculipes Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 351), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado. B. nigripes Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 352), two in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado. B. platensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 351), (=B. vicinus Dejean), four in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado.

1298. Hymenoptera. B. Blanca June.

No specimens found.

1299. 1300. Hymenoptera: Bay of San Blas. Do.

No specimens found.

1301. 1302. 1303. Lepidop. 1302 Coleoptera, taken 60 miles from nearest land, but much further in direction of wind, mouth of Rio Plata.

LEPIDOPTERA: no specimens found, but probably some species under 1597 refer here.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Feronia (Poecillus) guerinii Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 125), one in the BM (1863–44). Waterhouse repeats Darwin's comments.

1304. Brachinus. Maldonado.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae. See entry 1291.

1305. Hydrous. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Hydrophilidae: Hydrous palpalis Brullé, one in Cambridge has a red label printed 305 [= 1305] and a small green printed 43. Alongside is a handwritten label 'Wrong no. attached. In Darwin's list 305 refers to a termites nest from Fernando Noronha'. Clearly the writer had been misled by lack of knowledge of the colour code system of labelling previously explained.

1306. Hemiptera. Do.

No specimens found.

1307. 1308. 1309. Hymenoptera. Do.

No specimens found.

1310. Coleoptera. Do.

Carabidae. Antarctia striata Putzeys, three in the BM (1885–119, 1880–43), two numbered 1310, see also entry 1839. Feronia chilensis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b) (=Pterostichus) one in the BM (1885–119), Maldonado, numbered 1310.

Chrysomelidae (Halticinae): Distigmoptera darwini Scherer (1964: 291), one in the BM (1887–94 error for 1887–42) numbered 1310 (see Fig. 18, also entry 1321). Epitrix darwini Bryant (1942: 101), one in BM (1885–119) numbered 1310. E. uruguayica Bryant (1942: 102) may also refer here (or 1321).

Coccinellidae: Ceratomegilla 18-pustulatus Mulsant, one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 1310. Heterodiomus tetraspilotus Brèthes (see Brèthes 1925a), one in the BM (1887–94 error for 1887–42) numbered 1310. Hyperaspis arrowi Brèthes var. darwini Brèthes (see Brèthes, 1925a).

Curculionidae: Listroderes apicalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 123), one in the BM (1875–36), 'Maldonado P1', standing apparently as a syntype, is in fact a specimen of L. delaigei and since Waterhouse did not record apicalis from Maldonado this may be the specimen he determined as

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'costirostris Scho' and is also recorded from Coquimbo. Torcus nitidulus Hustache. Two in the BM (1885–119) 'Maldonado Plata', numbered 1310. Baridinae, two unidentified in the BM labelled Maldonado P1., C.D., numbered 5182. 5183 (not Darwin numbers and 'D' [? = Darwin] on a square label.)

Leiodidae: Adelopsis darwini Jeannel (1936: 64, 66), one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 1310.

Melyridae: Astylus quadrilineatus Germar (Champion, 1918c) may refer here.

Phalacridae: Phalacrus picipennis Champion and P. stratiodiscus Champion (both 1925: 603), numbered 1310 refer here, see also 1321. In the BM there is also an unidentified species numbered 1310.

Scarabaeidae: Ataenius opatroides Blanchard, one in the BM (1887–42), Maldonado, numbered 1310 on verso.

Tenebrionidae: Scotobius tristis Guérin, one in BM (1885–119) numbered 1310. S. muricatus Guérin (=crispatus Germar) one in BM (1885–119).

1314. Fresh Water Coleoptera. Maldonado [Maldonado indicated by a bracket including 1314–1332].

Hydrophilidae: Enochrus, one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 1314. In Cambridge there are specimens of E. affinis Stein and E. vulgaris Stein which may refer here, but see also entries 875, 1505, 2367. Hugoscottia darwini Knisch (1922: 90) may well refer here. The holotype and paratypes are in the BM (1922–127) ex Mus Cambridge. There are three paratypes in Cambridge. None have data labels or numbers but are attributed to South America. Other members of the genus are from Uruguay and Bolivia.

1316. Coleoptera. [Maldonado].

Carabidae: Feronia cordicollis Dejean. (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841) (=Pterostichus), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado, numbered 1316 (see also entries 678, 843). There is an Agonum sp. numbered 1316 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

1321. 1322. 1323. Coleoptera. [Maldonado].

Anthicidae: Acanthinus postmaculatus Pic, one in the BM, Maldonado, numbered 1322 (det. Werner, 1940).

Carabidae: Antarctia carnifex Dejean, one in the BM (1880–43), Maldonado, numbered 1323. A. antiqua Motschulsky, one in the BM (1880–43) (=Metius bonariensis Putzeys, det. S. L. Straneo, 1957), Maldonado. Baripus rivalis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841a), no specimen found. Chlaenius violaceus Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 353), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado. C. westwoodi Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 354), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado, large blue handwritten data label. C. platensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1841a: 353) (?braziliensis Dejean), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado, handwritten label. Feroniola laticollis Solier (det. S. L. Straneo, 1950), one in the BM, Maldonado, numbered 1323. Feronia apicalis Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 128) (=Pterostichus), two in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado, numbered 1323. F. corinthia Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), no specimen found. F. chalcea Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), no specimen found. F. cordicollis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1941b), no specimen found. Geobius pubescens Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), one in the BM (1863–44), Maldonado.

Chrysomelidae (Halticinae): Distigmoptera darwini Scherer (1964: 297), one in the BM (1885–119), Maldonado, numbered 1321 (see also entry 1310). Longitarsus darwini Bryant (1942: 105) may also refer here (or 1310).

Coccinellidae: Heterodiomus tetraspilotus Brèthes (1924: 156), two in the BM (1885–119, 1887–42), Maldonado, numbered 1322. Nephopullus darwini Brèthes, one in the BM (1885–119), Maldonado, numbered 1322.

Curculionidae: Listroderes costirostris Schoenherr, one in the BM (1845–63), Maldonado, numbered 1323.

Dermestidae: Dermestes maculatus Degeer, one in BM (1885–119), numbered 1323.

Dynastidae: Archophileurus darwini Arrow (1937: 55) (Scarabaeidae, Dynastinae), one in the BM (1875–35), Maldonado, numbered 1323.

Dytiscidae: Cybister biungulatus Babington (1842: 3), Champion (1918b: 45) lists this as a synonym of Megadytes Brullé and points out that it was overlooked by Sharp (1882) in his important work on Dytiscidae, seven in the BM (1873–8), numbered 1323.

Lathridiidae: one, unidentified, in the BM (1885–119), Maldonado, numbered 1322.


Nitidulidae: one indet. in BM (1885–119) numbered 1321.

Phalacridae: Phalacrus picipennis Champion (1925: 603), numbered 1321, 1322 refer here.

Tenebrionidae: Crypticus platensis Fairmaire, two in the BM (1885–119, 1887–94 [error for 1887–42]), Maldonado, numbered 1321 (see also 491, 677).

1324. 1325. Leionotus.

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: no specimens found.

This name has been used in Hymenoptera and Coleoptera but was undoubtedly familiar to Darwin as a beetle name used in the Dytiscidae by Stephens (1827–45) for some of his captures. For usage see Balfour-Browne (1950: 266, 271).

1326. 1327. 1328. Lamellicorns. [Maldonado].

COLEOPTERA: no specimens found.

1329. 1330. Orthoptera. [Maldonado].

Tettigoniidae: Meroncidius inornatus Walker (1870a: 453), one in the BM (1845–68), labelled Monte Video may refer here. See also entry 633.

1331. 1332. Hemiptera. [Maldonado].

No specimens found.

1336. Pediculi from the Bay of St Matthies. Procellaria (1335).

PHTHIRAPTERA: in the Denny collection at Oxford there are six lice on one card with a red printed label 336 [= 1336] and labelled 'Procellaria glacialoides det Y. Z. Eonst c.f. Patagonia C. Darwin'.

The host was 'caught on a bent pin on a string baited with fat' and is discussed in the Ornithological Notes (Barlow, 1963: 224) and described in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 140) under Procellaria glacialoides Smith (=Fulmarus glacialoides, the southern fulmar).

1379. Forficula, near sand dunes; there is another species in the houses; they are held in extreme dread; it is curious this prejudice against a harmless insect, being so general (July).—Maldonado.

DERMAPTERA: Demogorgon patagonicus Kirby (1891: 515, pl. 12, fig. 2) (=labidura), two in the BM (1885–100) erroneously labelled Patagonia but one specimen with a red printed label 379 [= 1379] clearly refers them here.

1380. Coleoptera (chiefly Carabidous) under stones Guritti Island Maldonado.

See under entry 1397.

1381. Excrescences, containing larvae; aperture most beautifully constructed; one found in a particular [continued]

1833 July Insects [Maldonado—crossed out] 15.

[continued] valley near M. Video. It is said, that a large fly, which bites horses is produced.

This sounds very like the work of semi-aquatic larval Tabanidae (Diptera) which are known to construct mud cylinders in which they avoid dessication in times of drought (see Lamborn, 1929, Proc. R. Soc. (B) 106: 83–7; Parsons, 1971, Entomologist's mon. Mag. 107: 89–90). Darwin collected a specimen of Tabanus dorsiger Wiedemann (Walker, 1849: 180) M. Video, which attacks horses.

1394. Phalangium. Maldonado.

Arachnida, Opiliones—not an insect; a 'harvestman'.

1395. Pediculi from Falco (1396).

PHTHIRAPTERA: in the Denny collection at Oxford is one unidentified louse mounted on a card with a red label printed 395 [=1395] and labelled 'Circus megpilus? Maldonado'. This is the Circus megaspilus Gould of the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 29) referable to Circus buffoni (Gmelin), the long-winged harrier (Dr D. W. Snow in litt.).

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1397. Coleoptera for (1380 number destroyed).

Carabidae: Feronia patagonica Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 126), two in the BM (1863–44), one numbered 1397. F. submetallica Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 122) (=Pterostichus lucidus Curtis), two in the BM (1863–44, 1885–119) numbered 1397; also one specimen Valparaiso; see also entries 2209–2213, 2776, 2837. Pterostichus sp., one in the BM, Maldonado, numbered 1397. There are also two Agonum sp. numbered 1397 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

1488. 1489. 1490. Coleoptera. Rio Colorado.

Carabidae: Pterostichus. One in the BM (1885–119) with a red label printed 488 [ = 1488].

1491. Copris. Bahia Blanca vide p. 200 (b).

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found. The page citation in this and entry 1492 refers to the Zoological Diary and a discussion of dung beetles, partly used in his long footnote on the subject in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 490) and with cross-references to 1181 and 1225 and which I have spread over 2102, 3506 and 3819. The footnote however lacks the following interesting comment 'This absence of coprophagous beetles appears to me to be a very beautiful fact; as showing a connection in the creation between two animals as widely apart as Mammalia and the Insecta Coleoptera, which, when one of them is removed out of its original zone can scarcely be produced by a length of time and the most favourable circumstances'.

1492. Aphodius, flying by thousands, but not alighting on plentiful horse dung; 10 leagues north of Sierra de la Ventana vide p 200 (b).

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found, unless any of the three last entries under 703 refer here. See comments under 1491.

1493. Hemiptera; very abundant in herbage. B. Blanco [a].

No specimen found.

1495. Coleoptera B. Blanco [a].

Coccinellidae: Pullus piceipennis Brèthes (1924: 170), one in the BM (1885–119), Bahia Blanca, numbered 1495. See also entry 721.

1496. Carabus. Bajada St. Fe.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

1497. Brachinus. Gorodoña. Rio Parana.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

1498. Heterom; St. Fe Bajada.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

1500. 1501. 1502. 1503. Coleoptera. Bajada.

No specimens found.

1504. Heterom. Rozario R. Parana.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

1505. Coleoptera. Bajada. [St. Fe].

Carabidae: Bembidion sp. (det. Dr N. E. Stork), five in the BM (1885–119), Santa Fe, two numbered 1505. Feronia (Argutor) audouini Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 128) (=Pterostichus), one in the BM (1863–44), St. Fe, numbered 1505. F. brullei Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 127) (=Pterostichus), one in the BM (1863–44), St. Fé, numbered 1505. Pterostichus sp., one in the BM (1885–119). There is also an Agonum sp. numbered 1505 in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

Hydrophilidae: Enochrus sp., one unidentified species in the BM, St. Fé, numbered 1505. In Cambridge there are two identified species which could refer here, but see also entries 875, 1314, 2367.

Melyridae: Astylus quadrilineatus Germar (Champion, 1918c) may refer here.


Scarabaeidae: Ataenius picinus Harold, one in the BM (1887–42), St. Fé with 1505 on verso of label; see also entry 529. Ateuchus robustum Harold, one in the BM (1887–42), St. Fé and numbered 1505, see also entry 858.

Scraptiidae: Anaspella sp. Five in the BM (1885–119), St. Fé, one numbered 1505.

1507. 1508. 1509. Onthophagi caught crawling in a ditch, Buenos Aires.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found.

1596. Cerambyx. Maldonado.

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: no specimen found.

1597. Moth flew on board in wonderful numbers. Mouth of Rio Plata.

LEPIDOPTERA: moths located in the BM that were described from Monte Video but have no numbers are included here and probably include entries 1302 and 1598. See also entries 674 and 866.

Geometridae: Camptogramma corticeata Walker (1863: 1715), one in the BM (1846–38). Ypsipetes ? impromissata Walker (1862: 1268), two in the BM (1846–38) (=Perizoma).

Noctuidae: Agrotis intecta Walker (1857–338), one in the BM (1846–38). Noctua (Agrotis) suffusa Meigen (Walker, 1857: 310), no specimen found. Plusia detrusa Walker (1858: 919), one in the BM (1846–38).

Sphingidae: Chaerocampa chiron Drury (Walker, 1856: 132), no specimen found.

1598. Flew on board in considerable numbers, in Lat, of Rio Negro.

Order ? May include some of the previous entry.

1712. Cicindela (2 specimens) taken on dry mud bank, incrusted with salt, habits like Hybrida. Port St Julian Jany 1834

COLEOPTERA Carabidae, Cicindelinae: no specimen found.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 170), in an entry for 9 January 1834, says 'I found on the surface of the salt water near the head of the bay, a Colymbetes not quite dead, which must have lived in some not distant pool. Three other insects (a Cicindela, like hybrida, a Cymindis, and a Harpalus, which all live on muddy flats occasionally overflowed by the sea), and one other found dead on the plain, complete the list of the beetles'. Cicindela hybrida is a British species.

For the Colymbetes see entry 1715.

1713. Truncatipennis, under salt, loving plant just above high water mark.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: by inference from the following entry, but no specimen found. The only Carabid I have been able to trace with such a name is the African Cycloba truncatipennis Boheman

1714. Hab Do. (young specimen).

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae; ?Pterostichinae, one in the BM (1887–42), St Cruz and with a red printed 714 [= 1714]. See entry 1713.

1715. Colymbites, nearly drowned in salt water, head of Harbour; proving existence of fresh water although we could find none.

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Colymbetes angusticollis Curtis (Babington, 1842). See quotation under entry 1712.

1834 Jany Insects Port St Julian 16.

1716. Diptera, very numerous, bite very badly. What animal did nature intend for them? they are out of all proportion too numerous for Guanaco and scarcely any other large animal existed here.

DIPTERA, Tabanidae: no specimen found but my colleague J. E. Chainey suggests it would probably be a Dasybasis sp. from these latitudes.

In the Journal, in an entry 9 January 1834, Darwin (1845: 170) says 'A good-sized fly (Tabanus) was extremely numerous and tormented us by its painful bite. The common horsefly, which was so troublesome in the shady lanes of E. England, belongs to this same genus. We here have the puzzle that so frequently occurs in the case of mosquitoes—on the blood of what animals do these insects

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commonly feed? The guanaco is nearly the only warm-blooded quadruped, and it is found in quite inconsiderable numbers compared with the multitude of flies'.

The guanaco (Lama guanacoe) is a llama of the southern plains of South America and included in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 2, 26) (as Auchenia llama Desm.) and written on at some length in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 166). Darwin does not mention horses here but see entries 2524, 2525, 2569.

1717. Heterom (found dead).

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found, but see quotation under entry 1712.

1747. Cells of Bee (1748) adhering to round stones; (on the hills) plain cylinders applied side to side.

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

1748. Bee. (Nest above).

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

1749. Diptera.

No specimen found, unless any of the unnumbered specimens described from Port Famine refer here (see entry 1841).

1750. Curculio, sterile plain.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no weevil found with this number in the BM, but see entry 2049.

1751. Heterom Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia newporti Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 113), one in the BM (1863–44), Patagonia. Another in the BM, Patagonia Pt. St Julian C. Darwin with a red printed 751 [=1751] and the accession number 1881–19 of the F. Bates collection and his type no. 1313. F. Bates, brother of H. W. Bates and a specialist in Tenebrionidae, must clearly have had some of the Darwin material, including some Waterhouse types (see also entries 3201, 3561). [A page width rule follows this entry].

1760. Coleoptera. Port Desire.

Carabidae: Cardiophthalmus longitarsis Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 360) (=Barypus), one in the BM (1863–44), Pt Desire. Odontoscelis curtisii Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 357), Port Desire, may refer here.

Coccinellidae: Adalia deficiens Mulsant (Babington, 1842), one in the BM (1885–119), Pt Desire, Patagonia, numbered 1760.

Dytiscidae: Colymbetes nigro-rematus Babington (1842: 5). (=Lancetes varius F.), two Darwin specimens are in the BM without accession or other number.

Tenebrionidae: Epipedonota lata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 119), two in the BM (1845–63, 1863–44), Pt Desire. Megalophrys patagonica Waterhouse, G. R. (1845b: 321 gen. et sp.), one in BM (1845–118). Nyctelia darwinii Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 108), three in the BM. N. fitzroyi Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 109), one in the BM (1863–44), Port Desire. N. plicata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 107), two in the BM (1863–44). N. solieri Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 108), 'Patagonia' may refer here, one in the BM (1863–44). N. westwoodii Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 112), one in the BM (1863–44). Platesthes silphoides Waterhouse, G. R. (1845b: 317, 319 gen. et sp.), three Darwin specimens in the BM, Port Desire, but no numbers. Scotobius akidoides (Waterhouse, G. R., 1845b: 319), one in the BM (1845–118).

1793. Heterom. Cape Negro (it is here that the features of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are united).

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia granulata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 109), one in the BM (1863–44), Cape Negro, with a red printed label 793 [=1793].

1794. Carab. Hab. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctia blanda Dejean, one in the BM (1880–43) and a red printed label 794 [ = 1794]. See also entry 906.


1839. Coleoptera under bark. Port Famine. Feb.

Carabidae: Abropus splendidus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842a: 134, 135 gen. et sp.). (=Habropus carnifex F.), one in the BM (1863–44) with Darwin's above data quoted, see also entries 881, 906. Antarctia striata Putzeys, one in BM (1863–49), see also entry 1310.

1841. Fly. P. Famine.

DIPTERA, Tachinidae: Pelycops darwini Aldrich (1934: 169), one in the BM (1885–119), Port Famine and with a red printed 841 [=1841].

Other Diptera described from Port Famine but lacking a specific number are referred here although Darwin's entry is in the singular. See also entry 1749.

Anisopodidae: Anisopus fuscipennis Macquart (Edwards, 1930: 118), two in the BM (1885–119).

Tephritidae: Trypanea nigriseta Malloch (1933: 283), one in the BM (1863–44).

Muscidae: Euphaonia fulvohumeralis Malloch (1933: 340), one in the BM (1863–44).

1842. Lepidop. Cape Negro.

The following moths described from 'Port Famine' must refer here.

Lasiocampidae: Amydona humeralis Walker (1855: 1413) (=Trabala), one in the BM (1846–38).

Geometridae: Cidaria opprestata Walker (1863: 1731), no specimen found. Larentia esuriata Walker (1863: 1702), one in the BM (1846–38). Marcodava egenaria Walker (1863: 1745), one in the BM (1846–38).

Doubleday (1848) records three Darwin butterflies from Port Famine: Pieridae, Pieris (p. 9); Satyridae, Chionabas and Erebia (p. 31). My colleague R. I. Vane-Wright has located these in the BM collections as follows: Tatochila theodice gymnodice Staudinger (Pieridae), one female, Pt Famine (BM 1846–38) and with red label numbered 842 [=1842]. Argyrophorus williamsianus Butler (1868: 159, p1. 4, fig. 1) (=Stuardosatyrus), one male, Pt Famine (BM 1846–38) (see Herrera & Etcheverry, 1965, Publnes Cent. Estud. ent. Univ. Chile 7:74); Tetraphlebia ? plumbeola Butler (1868: 95, pl. 2, fig. 11) (=Cosmosatyrus leptoneurodes plumbeola), one male, Pt Famine (BM 1846–38) (see Herrera & Howarth, 1966, Publnes Cent. Estud. ent. Univ. Chile 8: 78).

Vane-Wright also located another Darwin butterfly: Nymphalidae, Argynnis cytheris Drury, one male, Pt Famine (BM 1946–38). This is the specimen cited by Hall (1906–1919, Last notes, Book 1, microform sheet 168: 104) with the comment 'darwini is treated as a synonym and there is a specimen from Port Famine taken by Darwin himself'. Argynnis darwini Staudinger is included in the eponyms section and Vane-Wright tells me it represents a distinct species (now = Issoria lathonioides (Blanchard)).

1843. Bee P. Famine.

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

1910. Sphodrus, with four indistinct orange spots (March) on elytra; under dead bird sea coast. E. Falkland Id.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Lissopterus quadrinotatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1843: 281–2), two in the BM (1845–63), E. Falkland.

1911. Catops. under old dead calf: far in country.

COLEOPTERA, Leiodidae: Choleva falklandicus F. (Waterhouse, F. H., 1879: 531) (Champion (1918a) places this in Catops) (=Falkocholeva cribellata F. & G.), two in the BM (1879–34), Falkland Is. and E. Falkland.

1912. Curculio, in berry of Tea plant.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Falklandius turbificatus Enderlein (Champion, 1918a), three in the BM (1885–119). See also entry 1151.

1999. Fly. under dead birds, sea-beach from Falkland Islands.

DIPTERA, Helcomyzidae: Paractora trichosterna (Thomson) (Malloch, 1933: 331), one in the BM (1885–119) with a red printed 999 [=1999], and another (1863–44).

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2002. Coleoptera, high up, St Cruz river all the Carabidous and Staphylini under stones on the beach.

Carabidae: Bembidion sp., seven in the BM (1885–119), St Cruz, one numbered 2002 but are obviously all the same series. Trechisibus australis Jeannel, subsp. patagonicus Jeannel: two in BM numbered 2002 (see Jeannel, 1927).

Coccinellidae: Eriopis sp., one in the BM (1885–119), St Cruz, numbered 2002.

Dytiscidae: Colymbetes reticulatus Babington (1842: 5) (=Lancetes varius F.), two in the BM (1873–8), St Cruz, numbered 2002.

Staphylinidae: no specimen found.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Corixidae: Ectemnostega darwini Hungerford (1948: 203), one in BM (1885–119) numbered 2002.

2049. Curculio lying dead by thousands on all parts of plains; interior, both far up and on sea coast St Cruz. April.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Cylydrorhinus angulatus Guérin (?) (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b), three in the BM (1863–44, 1875–36), St Cruz, one with a green printed 49 [=2049]. See also entry 1750 (Waterhouse included Port St Julian).

2050. 2051. 2052. Curious Heteromerous insects, [continued].

1834 April Insects St Cruz 17.

[continued] (2050 and 2051) far up the country, ['quite original' crossed out by Darwin] where no white man probably every before arrived.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Cerostena punctulata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 120) (=Psectrascelis), one in the BM (1863–44), St Cruz). Nyctelia guerini Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 114), one in the BM (1863–44), St Cruz N. stephensii Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 113), two in the BM (1863–44), St Cruz, N. sulcicollis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 115) (=Psectrascelis), one in the BM, St Cruz and a green printed 52 [=2052].

2053. Lamellicorn, lying dead in great numbers; interior probably feed on Guanaco dung.

COLEOPTERA, ?Scarabaeidae: no specimens found.

The guanaco (Lama guanacoe) is a llama of the southern plains of South America; see also entry 1716.

2054. Galeruca; a tribe very rare in such countries.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae; Galerucinae. No specimen found.

2055. Fly feeding on a Phallus.

DIPTERA: no specimen found.

The only Phallus (fungus) described by Berkeley (1842a) was from Maldonado.

[Darwin has ruled a line across the page to separate these entries and inserted Chiloe]


(a) 2102. Earth-bulls [sic for balls]

[on verso] (a) 2102. Geotrupes. This insect is excessively abundant, borring [sic] deep holes beneath every heap of horse dung (and once I saw sheeps). Curious instance of increase in number and change of habit no large quadrupid [sic] in Chiloe. At the depth of 2 and 3 feet. balls of earth, lined with a darker kind, (dung?) containing larva are very commonly found, in Gardens (where dung is not directly present); from what I can hear, I have little doubt that no other beetle than the Geotrupes, exists in numbers proportionate to the balls. I saw a man dig up 10 or 12 in a few minutes.

When first found they are not quite so hard as at present. The larva of many had eaten their way out and had escaped.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: 'Phanaeus', no specimen found. This beetle is so recorded by Darwin in the Journal (1845: 490) where he says 'on the opposite side of the Cordillera in Chiloe, another


species of Phaeneus is exceedingly abundant, and it buries the dung of the cattle in large earthen balls beneath the ground. There is reason to believe that the genus Phanaeus, before the introduction of cattle, acted as scavengers to man'.

Darwin develops this theme in this long footnote on dung beetles in general. (See also entries 1491, 3506, 3819).

2107. 2108. Geotrupes.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Pinotus torulosa Eschscholtz, two in the BM (1887–42), one with a green printed 108 [= 2108]

2109. Carab. Bemb. in moss.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion sp., one in the BM (1887–42), 'Valparaiso', and with a green printed 109 [=2109].

2110. [2]111. The great curious Lucanus; given me by Mr R. Williams; caught when flying about in summer. The male insect is said to make a very loud clacking noise with its horns, when molested or even approached; is not very uncommon; is found abundantly in Mainland near Valdivia. In end of Jany, found 3 females, flying about during the day; when touched, stood on four hind legs, and raised their head, as in battle; very strong; caught male at Valdivia; fought most boldly, turning round to face enemy; the noise alluded to, is not very loud, and produced by friction of abdomen, when even frightened, but not touched; jaws not so strong as to produce pain to finger.

Mr Douglass, sent me 12 specimens of this fine insect and the following account: 'I found them in the crutch of an Atenihue tree, thirty feet above the ground, in a nest of moss. I was led to the spot by following one of them morning and evening for several days and always lost sight of it near this tree. I at last climbed up the tree and discovered them as mentioned. This is in the Island of Cancahue.'



COLEOPTERA, Lucanidae: Chiasognathus grantii Stephens, two in the BM (1837–1, 1837–2).

Darwin collected 12 specimens which he forwarded to Cambridge (Babington 1837, Westwood 1837). Darwin (1871: vol. 1, 377, 384) writes at some length on this species in the Descent (chapter 10, Sexual Selection) and in correspondence with H. W. Bates (Stecher, 1969: 113) says 'I heard in Chile Chiasognathus Grantii squeaking loudly so I wd gladly pay £1 for a pr, if they can be bought: I brought home a dozen sp. T. but gave them all away'. A reply from Bates indicates that the dealer E. W. Janson had promised to try to obtain specimens.

1834 July Insects 18.

2137. 2138. Heterom. Coleoptera. Pt St Julian.

Tenebrionidae: Nyctelia angustata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 116) (=N. brunnipes Latreille), one in the BM (1863–44) described from 'Patagonia' probably refers here. N. newporti Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 113), was doubtfully recorded from St Julian. See also entry 1751.

2139 Cicada, very abundant, uttering shrill cry on the plains of Patagonia. Pt Desire &c.

2152a) [on verso] a) (2152) Pulex from Didelphis (2204)

2153 (2153) Ricinus from a Condor.—

(2139) HEMIPTERA—Homoptera, Cicadidae: no specimen found. Darwin (1871; vol. 1, 350) makes reference to Cicada song in the Descent (chapter 10, Sexual Selection) as follows: 'The noise thus made could be plainly heard on board the "Beagle" when anchored at a quarter of a mile from the shore of Brazil; and Captain Hancock says it can be heard at the distance of a mile'. There is no entry for Cicada in the Brazilian section of the notes and the recollection may refer to this entry. See also entry 2507.

(2152) SIPHONAPTERA: no specimen found but F. G. A. M. Smit suggests that this opossum flea was possibly a Polygenis sp. Four species of Didelphis (opossums) are included in the Zoology (Darwin, 1839: pt. 2, 93–7).

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(2153) PHTHIRAPTERA: in the Denny collection at Oxford are three unidentified specimens on a card, from a condor, with green printed 153 [=2153]. The host is the condor (Vultur gryphus L.) and is treated in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 3).

2158. Coleoptera. Onthoph: under stones not dung feeder; rolls up like armadillo.

?Histeridae: Onthophilus, no specimen found.

2209 . . . 2213. Coleoptera under stones on mountains, valley of Aconcagua.

Carabidae, tribe Agonini: one in the BM (1887–42), Valparaiso, with a green printed 210 [=2210]. Feronia (Poecillus) chaudoiri Guérin. (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b) (=Pterostichus), one in the BM (1884–119), S. America, with green printed 209 [=2209], see also entries 3201 for this species.

2214. Serica flying about in evening great (August) numbers. 5000 feet, elevation:— on the Campana of Quillota, which is 6200 feet.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found.

2215. Dromius, under dead bark, foot of Andes.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

2216. Harpal. Hab. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Harpalinae: six in the BM (1887–42), Valparaiso, may refer here. See also entry 2776.

2217. Septaira, under stones, brook valley of Canguenes, high up. [Entry struck out—not entomological].

2218. Colymbetes, rapid brook. Hab. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Dytiscidae: Colymbetes chiliensis Laporte (Babington, 1842) (=Lancetes nigriceps Erichson), two in the BM (1863–44). Valparaiso. C. punctum Babington (1842: 10) (=Leuronectes gaudicaudi Laporte), five in the BM (1863–44), Valparaiso. C. reticulatus Babington (1842: 5) (=Lancetes varius F.), one in the BM (1863–44), Valparaiso. C. suturalis Babington (1842: 6) (=Rhantus signatus F.), one in the BM (1863–44), Valparaiso.

2219. Coleoptera, flying about in evening, 4000 feet elevation, Campana of Quillota.

No specimen found. See also entry 2214.

2303. 2308. Coleoptera, Diptera &c; all the latter and most of others taken by sweeping in the month of October, Valparaiso.

COLEOPTERA, Coccinellidae: Adalia deficiens Mulsant (Babington, 1842). Coccinella fulvipennis Mulsant (Babington, 1842), one in the BM (1887–42), Valparaiso.

Curculionidae: Adioristus angustatus, A. conspersus, A. punctulatus and A. simplex, all described by Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 124–6) from 'Valleys at Petorca', may refer here. The specimens marked 'type' in the BM have, at first glance, no clear connection with Darwin but the accession numbers 1875–36 on some refer to types presented by Waterhouse to the Beetle section. The types of A. punctulatus and A. angustatus bear accession numbers 1908–158 and 'formed part of Mr Bridges collection in Mr Bond's collection sold at Stevens auction 12.xii.07 and purchased from Mr O. Janson 26.v.08'. All four species appear under the original accession number (1875–36) in the Register!

Lathridiidae: one in the BM (1885–119), Valparaiso.

Melyridae: Astylus gayi Guérin (Champion, 1918c) may refer here, see also entry 2773.

Tenebrionidae: Grammicus chilensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845b: 324, gen. et sp.), two in the BM (1845–118, 1885–119), Valparaiso.

DIPTERA, Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaga sp., one in the BM (1885–119).

HEMIPTERA, Henicocephalidae, one in BM labelled Valparaiso.

HYMENOPTERA, Pteromalidae: Asaphes aenea Nees (Walker, 1846: 23). Also the following Chalcidoidea (Walker, 1842a: 113–116): Asaphes vulgaris, Callimome eumelis, C. nonacris, Entedon bedius, E. flacilla, Eulophus rhianus, Lamprotatus caecina, Lyrcus origo, Pteromalus gryneus, Tetrastichus polybaea, T. scadius, Torymus phormio. See also entry 2776.


2317. Hister, under dry human dung abundant. The red spots were much brighter [presumably Darwin means in life].

COLEOPTERA, Histeridae: No specimen found.

2318. Gonoleptes, certainly from West coast, of S. America, but I cannot find out what part, given to me.

?Arachnida, spider—not an insect.

2323. Curculio. First appears in November. Very abundant, injurious to young shoots of plums and peaches; this is time of year when many Lamellicorn beetles, first appear Valparaiso.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Lophotus eschscholtzi Schoenherr (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840b), no specimen found in the BM, but the species would now be placed in the genus Aegorhinus.

2325. Lamellicorn Do: Flying in numbers round the young peach trees, first appeared in first week of November.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found, but Brachysternus castaneus Guérin (Scarabaeidae), listed in the BM accessions book under 1845–63, may refer here.

2326. Coleoptera, in Fungus Decemr. Archipelago of Chiloe.

No specimen found.

2327. Blue Carabus, under logs of wood in the forest. Island of Lemuy. I notice all the [continued].

1834 Insects Archipelago of Chiloe 19.

[continued] blue ones are males and coppery ones females, yet surely they are different species; do not Carabi, abound in one sex at one period. Emit a powerful acrid fluid, and smell like some of the Heteromerous insects very disagreeable and powerful.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Carabus darwinii Hope (1838: 129) (subgenus Ceroglossus), one in the BM (1863–44) Chiloe. See section on eponyms for Hope's dedication and other comment. See also entries 2328, 2329, where it can be seen that different species were involved though it appears that Darwin collected more specimens than have survived.

2328. Carabus, far more common same Hab. and locality.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Carabus insularis Hope (1838: 129), one (bluish-black) in the BM (1863–44) with green printed label 328 [=2328] (s.g. Ceroglossus, as a variety of C. valdiviae Hope). See also entries 2327, 2329, 2520, 2914.

2329. Brighter variety (?) different locality.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Carabus chiloensis Escholtz (Hope, 1838) (s.g. Ceroglossus, as variety of C. valdiviae Hope), the only specimen found in the BM (as chiloensis Hope) is labelled Valdivia. See entry 2520.

2330. Carab: Harpal same habitat and locality.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Harpalinae: no specimen found.

2331. Heterom. rotten wood.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

2332. Do. under stones near beach

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

2333. Carab. Harpal. very abundant.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae, Harpalinae: no specimen found.

2338. Elmis. small stream, under stone. Various parts, east coast of Chiloe.

COLEOPTERA, Elmidae: Elmis chiloensis Champion (1918b: 48), four in the BM numbered 2338.

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2367. . . . Coleoptera Diptera &c. &c. collected by sweeping the bushes and . . . 2372 some from a Fungus. The whole country is one great forest.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion spp., three in the BM (1887–42), Chili and numbered 2367. [Tribe Agonini det. N.E. Stork], four in the BM (1887–42), Chili and numbered 2367. Subfamily Harpalinae, four in the BM (1887–42), Chili and numbered 2367.

The following Carabidae are also included here though lacking specific numbers: Antarctia circumfusa Germar, one in the BM (1880–43) (det. Straneo); Cascellius aeneo-niger Waterhouse, G. R. (1840c: 256), two in the BM (1863–44); Feronia (Pterostichus) bonellii Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 123); F. (Argutor) chilensis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b: 129), one in the BM (1863–44); F. nebroides Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b: 124); Metius flavipes Dejean (Straneo, 1951: 63) (=Antarctia), two in the BM (1885–119); M. femoratus Dejean (Straneo, 1951: 63) (=Antarctia), one in the BM (1880–43, wrong number); M. ovalipennis Straneo (1951: 71, 80) (=Antarctia), one in the BM (1880–43, wrong number), standing over an Antarctia chilensis Dejean label.

Cerambycidae: Callisphyris macropus Newman (1840: 1), Hephaestion macer Newman and H. ocretus Newman (both 1840: 10) may refer here, all described from Chiloe. Darwin has usually made separate entries for the Cerambycidae but none fit these specimens (see entries 50, 62, 76, 81, 101, 127, 133). See Fig. 18.

Chrysomelidae: Aulonodera darwini Champion (1918b: 51, gen. et sp.). Strichosa eborata Blanchard, two in the BM (1885–119), Chiloe, one numbered 2368. Longitarsus chiloensis (Bryant, 1942: 104) may also refer here. Crepidodera chiloensis Bryant (1942: 104), one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 2368.

Coccinellidae: Stictospilus darwini Brèthes (1924: 153 genus, 154 species), two in the BM (1885–119), numbered 2369. Orynipus darwini Brèthes (1924: 158), one in the BM (1885–119) and numbered 2368.

Colydiidae: Philothermus cribricollis Champion (1918b: 48), four in the BM numbered 2369.

Curculionidae, Leptopiinae: three in the BM numbered 2369, 2372, plus one Dasydema hirtella Blanchard in BM (1885–119) Chiloe, numbered 2368. There is also one unidentified specimen (BM 1887–42) of Baridinae.

Hydrophilidae: Enochrus sp., one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 2367. There are also two Enochrus spp. in Cambridge, but see entries 875, 1314.

Languridae: one in the BM (1885–119), Chiloe and numbered 2731, certainly an error for 2371.

Lathridiidae: seven in the BM (1885–119), Chiloe, numbered 2368 (1), 2369 (2) and 2371 (4).

Passandridae: Catogenus decoratus Newman (1839: 303) may refer here, one in BM (63.44) labelled 'Type' and on blue paper 'South of Chile, C. Darwin'. Described from Chiloe 'in the cabinet of Mr Melly'.

Silphidae: Micragyrtes ocelligerus Champion (1918b: 46, gen. et sp.), two in the BM numbered 2369. Hydnobius forticornis Champion (1918b: 47), one in the BM numbered 2369.

Staphylinidae: Polylobus darwini Bernhauer (1935: 96), one in the BM (1885–119) and numbered 2371.

DIPTERA. Some 120 specimens of unidentified Diptera are present in Dublin numbered 2368, 2369, 2523 and the following families are represented.—Agromyzidae, Calliphoridae, Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae, Chloropidae, Clusiidae, Dolichopodidae (Sympycnum and Somillus), Empididae, Ephydridae (Hydrellia and Notiphila spp.), Lauxaniidae, Micropezidae, Muscidae, Mycetophilidae, Phoridae, ?Piophilidae, Rhagionidae, Sciaridae, Sciomyzidae, Sphaeroceridae, Stratiomyidae, Tephritidae, Tipulidae. Of these the most interesting is the Dolichopodid genus Somillus (=Ionthodophrys) (det. C. E. Dyte) which was originally described as an Acalyptrate.

HEMIPTERA: there are eight unidentified Homoptera in Dublin and ten Psyllidae in the BM (1885–119) accessions.

HYMENOPTERA: the following Chalcidoidea were described by Walker (1839) on the pages indicated.

Eurytomidae. Eurytoma philager (81).

Lamprotatidae. Lamprotata nages (83), L. eleus (85).

Pteromalidae. Pteromalus protheus (87), P. mydon (87), P. traulus (88), P. rhaeo (88), P. vulso (89).

Eulophidae. Lophocomus anaitis (91), Elachestus gyes (89), Eulophus laonome (90), Tetrastichus xenocles (90).


These probably all refer here but no attempt has been made to locate them in the BM collections. Little work has been done on this difficult group from these regions since Walker's day and the labour involved in interpolating Walker's work would merit only specialist attention for revisionary purposes (see Notes on Walker).

In Dublin there are about 20 small unidentified Hymenoptera from Chiloe.

2376. Elater. from considerable height. St Pedro [San Pedro Island at the S.E. extremity of Chiloe].

COLEOPTERA, Elateridae: Elater luteipennis Guérin, one in the BM (1845—63), Chiloe.

2414. Lampyrus? the genus to which this insect belongs, is in number of individuals and, species the most abundant kind in Chiloe and Chonos Archipelago.

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae: no specimen found.

2415. Curculio (of Tierra del Fuego?) St Andrews Cape Tres Montes.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Antarctobius lacunosus Fairmaire (Champion, 1918b) (=Listroderes). See also entry 908.

2416. Locality. Do. Carab in rotten wood, high up on hilly forest.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

2417. Curculio, Locality and Hab. same.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: no specimen found.

2418. Harpal, under log of wood Locality Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctonomus peroni Chaudoir (Champion, 1918b), one in the BM (1885–119), Tierre del Fuego and labelled with green 418 [=2418]. Clearly there is a labelling error here but the species also occurs in Tierra del Fuego (see entries 906, 1049).

2419. Bee. Midship Bay Chonos.

HYMENOPTERA: no specimen found.

2420. Libellula. East coast of Chiloe.

ODONATA: No specimen found.

2424. Coleoptera. thick forest Chonos Arch: In the very thick (Crytogamic [sic =Cryptogamic] flora) damp forest, [continued]

1834 December Insects Archipelago of Chonos 20.

[continued] Pselaphidae and small Staphylinidae the most abundant insects.

No specimens found, but in the Journal Darwin (1845: 286, footnote) records 'By sweeping with my insect-net, I procured from these situations a considerable number of minute insects, of the family Staphylinidae, and others allied to Pselaphus, and minute Hymenoptera. But the most characteristic family in number, both of individuals and species, throughout the more open parts of Chiloe and Chonos, is that of the Telephoridae'.

The comment on Telephoridae (=Cantharidae) is strange as this family is absent from Darwin's collections (though not from the Region) and notes. This may be a slip for Tenebrionidae to which most 'Heteromera' references allude.

2438. Fly. bred from the soft putrid kelp on the coast of Tres Montes. I never saw such immense numbers in clusters under side of stones.

DIPTERA: no specimen found. The true 'kelp-flies' of the family Coelopidae are not known to occur south of Mexico and this fly would probably be a Paractora sp. (see entry 1999) (Helcomyzidae) or a Fucellia sp. (Anthomyiidae).

2444–2455. Insects, from under stones at an elevation of 2500 feet, bare Granite mountain Patch Cove North part of Tres Montes 2444, 2446. Curious Hemipterous insects; it may be remarked there are 3 species of Curculio. The Elater in numbers were far most abundant; this

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is a good example of The Alpine Entomology of this part; for I sedulously turned up very many stones; Libellula 2455 from base of mountain [clearly Syms Covington had been unable to interpolate Darwin's writing in the original Notebooks and had left spaces here for Darwin's insertions].

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidiomorphum convexum Champion (1918b: 44, 45), one in the BM (1885–119), Tres Montes with green printed 449 [=2449].

Curculionidae: Antarctobius laticauda Champion (1918b: 54), one in the BM (1885–119) with green printed label 453 [=2453] (now placed in Telurus Juschel).

Tenebrionidae: Parahelops darwini Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334), one in the BM (1875: 35), 'Tierra del Fuego' but with a green printed 454 [=2454].

HEMIPTERA. These may be the two Cambridge Pelogonidae referred to entry 677 but the above habitat hardly sounds suitable for semi-aquatic species.

2462. Carab. Trechus Yuche Island in the forest [a little to the N of Tres Montes].

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cascellius kingii Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840c), no specimen found. C. gravesii Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841), no specimen found. Feronia (Pterostichus) bonellii Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 123), no specimen found. F. rufipalpis Curtis (=Pterostichus chalybicolor Chaudoir), one in the BM (1863—44), Yuche I.

2463. Curculio. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Lophotus nodipennis Hope (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840b), one in the BM (1863–44) probably refers here.

2474. Coronula from whale, Chonos Archipelago Jany 1835 [crossed out? by Darwin—not entomological].

2482. 2483. 2484. Coleoptera from B[ahia] Blanca Patagonia.

Carabidae: Calosoma patagoniense Hope (1838: 129), one in the BM (1863–44) with green printed 484 [=2484]. See also entry 862 for this species.

2485. Acari (black) under stones and on putrid vegetable matter on beach in immense numbers. Chonos Archipelago

Arachnida—not an insect.

2486. Fly (biting my flesh). Do.

DIPTERA: no specimen found.

2497. Fly. on coast Lowes Harbour. Do.

DIPTERA: no specimen found.

2505. 2506. Coleoptera, in dense forest. Do.

No specimens found.

2507. Cicada. Do.

HEMIPTERA-Homoptera, Cicadidae: no specimen found.

2508. Carab: young. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: no specimen found.

2509. Diptera. Hymenoptera. Coleoptera, all the above insects, taken on borders of wood by sweeping, Lowes Harbour. Do.

DIPTERA: many of the miscellaneous unidentified flies in Dublin from Chiloe, etc. may refer here, but they lack precise data.

HYMENOPTERA: the following Chalcidoidea described from 'Isle of Chonos' by Walker (1843c: 184–5) must refer here.

Lamprotatidae: Lamprotatus numitus.

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus ?oxynethes.

Eulophidae: Entedon ufens, Closterocerus pelor.

See comments on Hymenoptera under entries 2367—2372.

COLEOPTERA: no specimens found.


2520. Carabus, Centre of Chiloe, in forest at level of water; all [what looks like small figure 3 here] under one log of wood [continued].

1835 Jany Insects [Chonos Archipelago crossed out] 21.

[continued] It is remarkable that the same variety (2329) is also a female and was equally found low down; is it distinct species?

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Carabus chiloensis Escholtz (Hope, 1838) (s.g. Ceroglossus), ?See entry 2329.

2521. Glow-worm. Centre of Chiloe.

COLEOPTERA, Lampyridae: ?larva, no specimen found.

2523. Insects, sweeping, Chiloe.

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: Crepidodera chiloensis Bryant (1942: 104), one in BM (1885–119) numbered 2523 (see also 2368).

Curculionidae. Rhopalomerus tenuirostris Blanchard (det. R. T. Thompson), one in the BM (1887–42) and numbered 2523.

For the Diptera, Hymenoptera and Hemiptera see comments under entry 2367. Dublin material definitely referable to this day's collecting and bearing numbers 2523 handwritten on small yellow labels are:

DIPTERA: Chloropidae, Empididae, Ephydridae (Notiphila, det. B. H. Cogan). In the BM accessions there are also two unidentified Chloropidae (Diptera) numbered 2523.

HEMIPTERA—Homoptera, Aetalionidae: Melizoderes darwini Funkhouser (1934: 203), two in BM (1885–119) numbered 2523.

Delphacidae: Delphacodes chiloensis and D. darwini Muir (1929: 78, 79), one of each in BM (1885–119), Chiloe, the latter numbered 2523.

Psyllidae: Notophorina sp. (det. D. Hollis), one in BM (1885–119) labelled Chiloe and numbered 2523. There are also unidentified Hemiptera of the families Cicadellidae, Lygaeidae and Miridae in BM accessions drawers.

2524. 2525. Flys [sic] which bite both men and horses the first especially abundant; Chiloe.

DIPTERA, Tabanidae: Tabanus (Stypommia) anachoreta Philippi (Kröber, 1930: 140) (=Dasybasis s.g. Agelanius meridiana Rondani), one in the BM (1885–119), E. Chili, certainly belongs here as two other non-Darwin specimens are from Chiloe.

It is possible that the Tabanid-like Pelecorhynchus darwini Ricardo (1900: 102) (family Pelecorhynchidae) is the second fly here as there is a specimen from Chiloe (BM 1885–119) and no other Darwin material fits here. However this species is a nectar-feeder and does not bite.

See also entries 1716, 2486, 2569.

2544. 2 Beetles from, either Cacao or Sugar, on board.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

2545. Insects from S. Carlos de Chiloe.

?Order, no specimens found.

2546. Meloe, common. crawling about grass and flying about, Cudico, S. of Valdivia. The Padre told me, that the Indians use this as a poison, and likewise apply it as a caustic or Blister.

COLEOPTERA, Meloidae: no specimen found.

2557. 2558. 2559. Insects, sweeping, in and on borders of forest. Valdivia.

HYMENOPTERA: I refer here the Chalcidoidea described by Walker (1842b) as most likely to have been collected by sweeping: Closterocerus xenodice, Dicyclus lynastes, Inostemma quinda, Lamprotatus bisaltes, L. natta, L. orobia, Pachylarthrus sariaster, Platygaster paches, Pteromalus megareus, Romilius zotale.

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2561. Pediculi. vide p. 315 and Pulex. The Fleas may be compared with some I collected at St Fe.

PHTHIRAPTERA: in the Denny collection at Oxford is a card mount of four unidentified lice bearing a green printed 564 [=2564]. See also entries 1185 in Spirits of Wine List (the page reference is to the Zoological Diary which is cited under that entry).

SIPHONAPTERA. Pulex irritans L., female, Chiloe Island. In the Denny collection, Oxford. The other human flea referred to is under entry 758 and other flea entries are 376, 790, 2152, 3200. However, this is the only Darwin flea found.

2569. Fly which together with (2524–2525) torments man and horse in forest of Chiloe.

DIPTERA: no specimen found, but see 1716, 2524, 2525.

2596. 2597. Heterom. Sand dunes. Concepcion.

COLEOPTERA: no specimens found.

2764 to 2772 Small insects from Concepcion. S. C.

(a) [verso] (a) Insects of Coquimbo and Valparaiso taken in the winter, those of Concepcion in the Autumn.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctia femorata Dejean, one in the BM (1880–43). Concepcion (=Metius, see Straneo, 1951: 67). A. euryptera Putzeys, one in BM (1885–119) (det. Straneo, 1950). Feronia nebroides Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841). F. (Steropus) marginata Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 124), one in the BM (=Pterostichus blandus Er., det. S. L. Straneo). Metius flavipes Dejean (Straneo, 1951: 63). Subfamily Harpalinae: four unidentified species in BM (1887–42).

Coccinellidae: Eriopis 16-pustulata Brèthes (1924: 149) (=E. connexa Germar), one in the BM (1885–119).

Lathridiidae: two unidentified species in the BM accessions (1887–42), Concepcion, numbered 2770, 2772.

Melyridae: Astylus gayi Guérin (Champion, 1918c) may refer here.

DIPTERA, Empididae: Platypalpus sp. (det. K. G. V. Smith), one in the BM (1885–119).

Ephydridae: Scatella vulgata Cresson (1933: 108), one in the BM (1863–44), numbered 2770).

Pipunculidae: Pipunculus posticus Collin (1931: 59).

Sphaeroceridae: Leptocera (Limosina) darwini Richards (1931: 80), one in the BM (1885–119), labelled 2772.

HYMENOPTERA, Walker (1843a: 30–32) describes the following Chalcidoidea: Lamprotatus alcander (p. 30), Gastrancistrus cephalon (p. 30), Pteromalus calenus (p. 31), Derostenus alcetas (p. 31), Closterocerus cercius (p. 31), Bellerus anaitis (p. 32), Tetrastichus naucles (p. 32), T. norax (p. 32). See comments on Walker's Hymenoptera under entries 2367–2372.

2773. 2774. 2775. Small insects Coquimbo. S. C.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Antarctia latigastrica Dejean, one in the BM, Coquimbo. Feronia (Steropus) marginata Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 124), one in the BM (1885–119), Coquimbo (=Pterostichus blandus Er. det. S. L. Straneo, 1950).

Coccinellidae: Eriopis connexa Germar (=E. 16-pustulata Brèthes), one in the BM (1885–119) (see also entry 2764).

Curculionidae: Listroderes costirostris Schoenherr and L. robustus Waterhouse, G. R. (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b: 122). Pentarthrum sp., pair in BM (1885–119), Coquimbo.

Lucanidae: Sclerognathus femoralis Guérin, one in the BM (1887–42) (=Dorcus darwinii Hope), see also entry 968. Dorcus bacchus Hope (=Apterodorcus), one in the BM (1887–42).

Melyridae. Astylus gayi Guérin (Champion, 1918c), see also entry 2303.

Scarabaeidae: Trox bullatus Curtis, one in the BM (1885–119).

Tenebrionidae: Psectrascelis pilipes Guérin (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b), 'numerous' but only one in the BM (1885–119), Coquimbo. Scotobius gayi Solier, one in the BM (1885–119). S. rugosulus Guérin is listed in the BM Accessions register under 1845–63 but has not been found.

HYMENOPTERA, the following Chalcidoidea were described by Walker (1843d): Gastriancistrus polles, Lamprotatus naevolus, L. tubero, Omaloderus affine, O. intrepidus, Platygaster sylea, Platyterma nephele, Pteromalus oenoe, P. rhoebus, P. toxeus, P. vitula, Tetrastichus narcaeus.


2776. 2836. 2837. Do. Valparaiso. Do.

I have placed here unnumbered Valparaiso specimens unlikely to have been swept (see entries 2303, 2308).

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion sp. (det. N. E. Stork), one in the BM (1885–119). Feronia aerea Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), one in the BM (1863–44). F. chilensis Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), no specimen found. F. marginata Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 124), five in the BM (1885–119) (=Pterostichus blandus Er., det. Straneo, 1950). F. meticulosa Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), one in the BM (1863–44). F. nebroides Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), no specimen found. F. submetallica Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 122), one in the BM (see also entry 1397). Metius flavipes Dejean (Straneo, 1951: 63) (=Antarctia), one in the BM. M. ovalipennis Straneo (1951: 71, 80) (=Antarctia), one in the BM (1885–119). Odontoscelis substriatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1840a: 359), one in the BM (=Barypus). O. tentyrioides Curtis (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840a). Trechisibus femoralis Germain and T. politus Brullé (Jeannel, 1927).

Tenebrionidae: Callyntra vicina Solier (Waterhouse, G. R. 1842b) (=Epipedonota multicosta Guérin). Parahelops darwini Waterhouse, C. O. (1875: 334).

2838. Lamellicorn. Island of S. Maria.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: Trox bullatus Curtis, one in the BM (1887–42), Valparaiso.

2839. 2840. Insects. Copiapo.

No specimens found.

2841. Insects. Mendoza. Cicindela, Elmis. The Cicindela comes from the saline mud-banks of 'Rio Estacado; the Elmis and Colymbetes from the tepid and slightly mineral waters of Villa Vicencia in Cordilleras. The Cryptocephalus is Chilean insect.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Bembidion sp. (det. N. E. Stork), one in the BM (1885–119), Mendoza Curculionidae: Adioristus subdenudatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 126), Mendoza. These must refer here as they fit none of the other Mendoza entries for beetles, 2916, 2917.

2913. Bug mentioned by all authors, as so great a pest near Mendoza & in the Traversias; sucks very much blood, frequents houses; but this was [continued]

1835 Insects [Coquimbo—crossed out] 22.

[continued] caught in sandy ravine of cordilleras of Copiapo; called Benchuca, caught in my bed.

HEMIPTERA, Reduviidae, Triatominae: Triatoma infestans Klug but no specimen found. See entry 3423 for a full account of the Benchuca.

2914. 2915. Insects. Valdivia.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cascellius aeneo-niger Waterhouse, G. R. (1840c: 256). Carabus valdiviae Hope (1838: 128) (s.g. Ceroglossus, see 2329). Feronia bonellii Waterhouse, G. R. (1841b: 123) (=Pterostichus chalybicolor Chaudoir).

DIPTERA, Syrphidae: Valdivia darwini Shannon (1927: 32), one in the BM (1885–119) (=Valdiviomyia).

2916. Heterom. high valleys of East cordilleras and Traversia of Mendoza.

COLEOPTERA, Tenebrionidae: Entomoderes erebi Solier (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b), one in the BM (1848–95), Mendoza. Epipedonota affinis Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 118) (=E. ebenina Lacordaire, ssp. affinis), no specimen found. E. erythropus Solier, Nyctelia erythropus auctt (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b). E. rugosa Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 118), no specimen found. 'Nyctelia nodosa Latrielle, Zophosis nodosa Germar' (Waterhouse, G. R., 1842b) also 'Maldonado (La Plata) & Bahia Blanca' but no specimens found. N. subsulcata Waterhouse, G. R. (1842b: 110), one in the BM (1863–44), Mendoza.

2917. Lamellicorn, abundant Do. Traversia.

COLEOPTERA, Dynastidae: Oryctomorphus pictus Waterhouse, G. R. (1842c: 281), one in the BM (1845–63) may refer here.

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3152. Locust v. private ground P. Mendoza.

ORTHOPTERA, Acridiidae: no specimen found. See entries 1329, 1330 for other Acridiidae.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 329) records a swarm of locusts during his passage of the Cordillera, near Luxan. He says of the insects concerned 'This species of locust closely resembles, and perhaps is identical with the famous Gryllus migratorius of the East'.

3195. Insect (interesting) from the country near Callao. (Peru) [the sea port of Lima].

Order ? no specimen found, unless one of those under entry 3201 refers here.

3196. 3197. Male and female Crysomela [sic], about Lima. 1400 feet elevation, lower limit of winter vegetation. [Peru].

COLEOPTERA, Chrysomelidae: no specimen found.

3199. Prionus. Valparaiso (interior country).

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: Microcleptes aranea Newman (1840: 11, gen. et sp.), 'resembles a small brown spider', one in the BM (1863–44), Valparaiso.

3200. Pulex (I believe irritans) (Callao) [Peru].

SIPHONAPTERA: the human flea, see entry 2561.

3201. Insects, sweeping, Callao.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Feronia eydouxii Guérin (Waterhouse, G. R., 1840c) Feronia peruviana Dejean (Waterhouse, G. R., 1841b), two in the BM (1863–44). F. (Poecillus) unistriata Dejean (=Pterostichus chaudoiri Guérin), one in the BM (1863—44), Callao (see also entry 2209 for this species).

Dytiscidae: Colymbetes saulcyii 'Dufour ms in Hope Collection' (Babington, 1842: 9).

Tenebrionidae: Melaphorus reichei Guérin, one in the BM (1881–19, F. Bates) labelled 'Callao, C. Darwin' is numbered 1346. This number is not a Darwin number but refers to F. Bates' collection though none of the species described by him appear to include Darwin material (except 3561). See also entry 1751 for F. Bates material.

HYMENOPTERA. Chalcidoidea: the following were described by Walker (1843b): Dicylus arduine, Entedon cleodora. Pachylarthyus cleodoxa, Pteromalus archia.

3227. Buprestis. common between Guasco and Coquimbo.

COLEOPTERA, Buprestidae: no specimen found.

Galapagos Archipelago [inserted between two short lines by Darwin]

3228. Acarus, from great black sea Guano or Lizard. Galapagos—Chatham Island. September.

Arachnida, Acari—not an insect, see also entry 3240.

3229. Fly from Caracara Do. Do.

DIPTERA, Hippoboscidae: Ornithomyia intertropica Walker (1849: 1144) (=Icosta nigra Perty), three in the BM (1845–63), Galapagos Is. This 'Caracara' is Buteo galapagoensis Gould, the Galapagos hawk treated in the Zoology (Darwin, 1841: pt. 3, 23).

3230. 3231. 3232. Three Coleoptera, Heterom, under stones on hill. Do. [Chatham I.=San Cristóbal].

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Feronia calathoides Waterhouse, G. R. (1845: 21) is included here because the species is only recorded from here (Linsley & Usinger 1966: 141). Darwin's specimen is labelled 'Galapagos'.

Tenebrionidae: Ammophorus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 30, gen. et sp.) 'under stones upon a hill in Chatham I.'. Pedonoeces pubescens Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 36) 'under stones on a hill on Chatham I. Sept'. Stomion galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 27 genus, 29 species), this must refer here; there is a specimen in the BM with a (white, should be yellow) printed 231 [=3231].

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Coreidae: Anasa obscura Dallas (1852: 505), described from 'Galapagos C. Darwin' is recorded from San Cristóbal by Linsley & Usinger (1966) and Froeschner (1985) and may refer here although no Hemiptera are mentioned by Darwin in this entry.


For Darwin's general comments on collecting in the Galapagos Archipelago see the Journal (1845: 391–2).

3240. Acarus, same as (3228).

Arachnida, Acari—not an insect.

3241. Acarus, from Pudenda of common great land Tortoise.

Arachnida, Acari—not an insect.

3245. Scolytus. branches of dead Mimosa tree Do. [Chatham I.] (long cavities, in whole length of bough, very numerous).

COLEOPTERA, Bostrichidae: Apate sp. (Waterhouse, 1845a) cites Darwin's data, Chatham I. (=Amphicerus cornutus galapaganus Lesne) (Linsley & Usinger, 1966: 151).

3246. Staphylinus, under dead bird. [Chatham I.]

COLEOPTERA, Staphylinidae: Creophilus sp. (Waterhouse, G. R., 1845a: 24) 'under dead bird', Chatham I. Linsley & Usinger (1966: 143) record C. villosus Gravenhorst from Chatham I.

3363. 3364. Small insects, sweeping high up, central parts of Charles Island. [=Floreana,=Santa Maria] October (Galapagos Is).

COLEOPTERA, Anthribidae: Ormiscus variegatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 37, genus, sp. & var. β), Darwin's data cited.

Carabidae: Selenophorus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 22), see also Waterhouse, C. O. (1877). S. obscuricornis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 22) may refer here though recorded only from Albemarle by Linsley & Usinger (1966).

Chrysomelidae: Haltica galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 39), later C. O. Waterhouse (1877: 80) erected the genus Docema to receive this species. Longitarsus lunatus Waterhouse, C. O. (1877: 81).

Coccinellidae: Scymnus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 39), two in the BM (1845–63), Galapagos; (1877–1) Charles I. numbered 3363 (see also entry 3366).

Curculionidae: Otiorhynchus cuneiformis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 38) (=Amphideritus).

Dytiscidae: Copelatus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 23) may refer here although Linsley & Usinger (1966: 142) do not include Charles I.

Hydrophilidae: Tropisternus lateralis F. (Waterhouse, G. R. 1845a), see Blair (1933).

Phalacridae: Phalacrus darwini Waterhouse, C. O. (1877: 78), omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966) and Linsley (1977).

Nitidulidae: Acribis serrativentris Waterhouse, C. O. (1877: 78, gen. et sp.) (=Cybocephalus), omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966) and Linsley (1977).

Scarabaeidae: Oryctes galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845: 26) may refer here.

Tenebrionidae: Ammophorus obscurus Waterhouse, G. R. (1845: 32) refers here (Blair, 1933). Stomion helopoides and S. laevigatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 30) may refer here.

DIPTERA: the following Diptera were not described from a specified island but Linsley & Usinger (1966) include Charles Island in their distribution.

Bombyliidae: Anthrax primitiva Walker (1849: 257) (=Villa).

Calliphoridae: Musca pionia Walker (1849: 881) (=Phaenica s.g. Viridinsula); Musca phauda Walker (1849: 896) (=Cochliomyia macellaria F., the secondary screw-worm fly).

Muscidae: Anthomyia setia Walker 1849: 956 (=Ophyra aenescens Wiedemann).

In Dublin there are 35 unidentified Diptera from Charles I. representing the following families: Agromyzidae, Anthomyzidae, Asteiidae, Bombyliidae, Ceratopogonidae (Dasyhelea ? paracincta Wirth, det. R. P. Lane), Dolichopodidae (?Chrysotus sp., det. C. E. Dyte), Ephydridae, Otitidae, Syrphidae.

HYMENOPTERA, Braconidae: in Dublin are unidentified specimens of Apanteles, Chelonus and Opius. No Braconidae are recorded from Galapagos by Linsley & Usinger (1966) or Linsley (1977).

Chalcididae: Chalcis cabira Walker (1838: 472), Charles I., omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966).

Cleonymidae: Merostenus sadales Walker (1839: 93, plate P, Walker 1840–1842, see fig. 16 of the present paper), omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966).

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Fig. 16 Chalcidoid Hymenoptera depicted on Plate P in the first volume of the Entomologist (see Walker, 1840–42). This illustrated Darwin's Beagle captures described by Walker in his Monographia Chalciditum (1839): 1, Eucharis volusus Walker (see Insect Notes, 3561, King George's Sound, Australia); 2, Thoracantha furcata Fabricius (see 3858, Bahia, Brazil); 3, Eucharis iello Walker (see 3524, Hobart, Tasmania); 4, Eucharis zalates Walker (see 3561, King George's Sound, Australia); 5, Merostenus sadales Haliday (see 3363, Charles Island, Galapagos). The Thoracantha should be compared with the illustration and comments on that genus in Fig. 17.


Fig. 17 Insects collected in Australia and Bahia, Brazil and described by G. R. Waterhouse: 1, Allelidea ctenostonoides (Coleoptera, Malachiidae, see Insect Notes, 3550, King George's Sound); 2, Leptosomus acuminatus L. (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, see 3528, Sydney); 3, Thoracantha latreilli (Hymenoptera, Eucharitidae, see 3858, Bahia); 4, Alleloplasis darwinii (Hemiptera, Derbidae, see 3561, King George's Sound and Eponyms). The Thoracantha should be compared with the species depicted in Fig. 16. These chalcid wasps have remarkable projections from the thorax over the abdomen so that from above they bear a strong resemblance to beetles of the genus Mordella. (By courtesy of the Royal Entomological Society of London from their Transactions for 1839).

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Formicidae: Camponotus planus Smith (1877: 83); C. macilentus Smith (1877: 83), each of these ants have since been divided into several subspecies (mostly by Wheeler, 1919) on the different islands of the Galapagos (Linsley & Usinger, 1966).

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus eneobulus Walker (1838: 475), Charles I., omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966).

Sphecidae: Nitela darwini Turner (1916: 345).

Thynnidae: Agriomyia vagans Smith (1877: 83).

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Lygaeidae: Nysius (?) marginalis Dallas (1852: 556). Ashlock (1967: 42) erected the genus Darwinysius for this species.

Miridae: Capsus darwini Butler (1877: 89), 'a pretty and well-marked species' (= Dagbertus); C. nigritulus Walker (1873: 112) (=Polymerus); C. quadrinotatus Walker (1873: 113) 'evidently a common species' (see Fig. 18 of the present paper); C. spoliatus Walker (1873: 112) (=Dagbertus); Miris lineata Butler (1877: 89) (=Trigonotylus).

Homoptera, Cicadellidae: Jassus planus Butler (1877: 91) (=Agallia); J. striolarius Butler (1877: 91) (=Agallia).

Fulgoridae: Delphax simulans Walker (1851a: 356) (=Ilburnia); D. substituta Walker (1851a: 354) (=Delphacodes); D. vicaria Walker (1851a: 355) (=Delphacodes); Issus rostrifer Butler (1877: 90) (=Galapagosana); I. varius Walker (1851a: 355) (=Philatis).

Several Hemiptera occur also on James I. (see entries 3365, 3366) (see also entries 3230, 3232).

ORTHOPTERA, Acrididae: Acridium literosum Walker and A. melanocerum Stål (Walker 1870: 582) may refer here.

3365. 3366. Small insects Do. Do. James Island. [= Santiago]. October.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Calosoma galapageium Hope (1838: 130), island unspecified by Hope but see Linsley & Usinger (1966); Feronia galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 21) (=Pterostichus); Notaphus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 23) (=Bembidion).

Coccinellidae: Scymnus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 41).

Chrysomelidae: Diabrotica limbata Waterhouse, C. O. (1877: 81) (=Acylymma).

Curculionidae: Anchonus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 39).

Dermestidae: Dermestes vulpinus Auct. (Waterhouse, G. R. 1845) (=D. maculatus De Geer).

Elateridae: Physorhinus galapagoensis Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 25) (=Anchastus) may refer here.

Melyridae: Ablechrus flavipes Waterhouse, C. O. (1877: 79, gen. et sp.) (also listed in error by Waterhouse on p. 81 as A. darwinii).

Tenebrionidae: Ammophorus bifoveatus (Waterhouse, G. R., 1845a: 31) (=A. bifoveatus subsp. bifoveatus), there is another subspecies barringtoni Van Dyke on Barrington I. [=Santa Fé]. Pedonoeces costatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 35, gen. et sp.). Stomion helopoides and S. laevigatus Waterhouse, G. R. (1845a: 30 gen. et sp.) may refer here.

DIPTERA, Piophilidae: Piophila atrata Meigen (Walker, 1849: 1065) (=P. casei L.), one in the BM (1845–63), 'Galapagos'; the well known 'cheese skipper' widely dispersed by commerce. This family is not recorded from Galapagos by Linsley & Usinger (1966) or Linsley (1977).

Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaga inoa Walker (1849: 832), 'Galapagos' is included here as Linsley & Usinger (1966) include Santiago though Lopes (1878) does not (=Galapagomyia). S. violenta Walker (1849: 826), 'Galapagos' is recorded from James I. by Lopes (1978) (=Gigantotheca).

Tephritidae: Trypeta (now Euaresta) aesia Walker (1849: 1006) 'St James's Isle, Galapagos' has not been reported since (Foote 1982), one specimen in the BM (1845–63), James Island numbered 3365.

HYMENOPTERA, Cleonymidae: Lelaps sadates Haliday (Walker, 1839: 93).

Eulophidae: Cirrospilus buselus Walker (1839: 96).

Pteromalidae: Spalangia endius Walker (1839: 96) (=S. nigra Latreille).

All of these Chalcidoid Hymenoptera are omitted by Linsley & Usinger (1966).

LEPIDOPTERA, Arctiidae: Deiopeia ornatrix L. var. (=Utetheisa) (Butler, 1877), 'Albemarle' is included here as there is no provision in Darwin's Notes for it. Linsley & Usinger (1966) record it from Isabella [=Albemarle] and Baltra [=South Seymour].

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Coreidae: Stenocephalus insularis Dallas (1852: 482) (=Dicranocephalus).

Lygaeidae: Nysius marginalis Dallas (1852: 556) (=Darwinysius Ashlock, 1967).

Miridae: Capsus quadrinotatus Walker (1873: 113) (=Dagbertus); C. spoliatus Walker (1873: 112) (=Dagbertus).

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Fig. 18 1, Callisphyris macropus Newman (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Chiloe, see 2367) (from the Entomologist, 1841); 2, Distigmoptera darwini Scherer (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Halticinae, Maldonado, see 1310) (by courtesy of the Museum G. Frey); 3, Capsus quadrinotatus (Walker) (Hemiptera, Miridae, Galapagos, see 3363) (by courtesy of the California Academy of Sciences); 4, Cormodes darwini Pascoe (Coleoptera, Cleridae, Lord Howe's Island) 'An insect so suggestive of Mr Darwin's theory should appropriately bear his name' (see Eponyms) (from the Journal of Entomology, 1862); 5, Calosoma galapageium Hope (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Galapagos Islands, see 3366); 6, Utetheisa ornatrix L. (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae, Galapagos Islands, see 3365). Last two from Hickin (1979).

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Tingidae: Monanthia cytharina Butler (1877: 90) (=Corythaica).

Homoptera, Cicadellidae: Acocephalus obliquus Walker (1851b: 851) (=Mesamia). Jassus lucidus Butler (1877: 91) (=Baclutha).

Fulgoridae: Delphax simulans Walker (1851a: 356) (=Ilburnia); D. substituta Walker (1851a: 354) (=Delphacodes); D. vicaria Walker (1851a: 355) (=Delphacodes), Delphax larva and pupa ab. (Walker, 1851a: 356); Issus varius Walker (1851a: 355) (=Philatis).

Several Hemiptera are common to Charles I. (see entries 3363, 3364). See also entries 3230, 3232.

3390. Small insects, sweeping. November. Tahiti.

No specimens found.

3393. 3394. Insects. Do. Do.

No specimens found.

3415. 3416. 3417. 3418. Insects sweeping; Bay of Islands, New Zealand. December.

COLEOPTERA, Cerambycidae: Oemona humilis Newman (1840: 8, gen. et sp. in 'Cabinet of the Entomological Society'); Xylotoles lentus Newman (1840: 12, gen. et sp. in 'Cabinet of the Entomological Society').

Chrysomelidae, Alticinae: An unidentified specimen in the BM (1887–42) Accessions, New Zealand.

Coccinellidae: Coccinella leonina F., one in the BM, and some unidentified specimens in accessions (1887–41).

Curculionidae: Cyttalia griseipila Pascoe (Lea, 1926) probably refers here.

Lathridiidae: one in the BM (1887–42 accessions, numbered 3415.

DIPTERA. There are twelve unidentified specimens in Dublin, of the families Agromyzidae, Chloropidae and Syrphidae.

HEMIPTERA: Cixiidae: Oliarus oppositus (Walker) in the BM (1885–119) are two numbered 3415 and two numbered 3418 (det. C. Butcher). Some unidentified Miridae and Pentatomidae (unnumbered) are present in BM accessions.

HYMENOPTERA, Pteromalidae: Pteromalus lelex Walker (1839: 95).

3420. Cicindela in extraordinary numbers, in all parts of the country. Do. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Cicindela, No specimen found.

1835 Decr Insects 23.

[Some pages are crossed out here, by Darwin?, as they were thought to have been repeated; however, only parts of pages were repeated and entries 3421–3528 were not. The double entries are not included here]

3421. 3422. Insects inhabiting rotten wood. N. Zealand.

No specimens found.

3423. Bug. caught at Iquique, Peru. Is called in the Mendoza country, Benchuca; is mentioned by many travellers, as so great a pest and bloodsucker; inhabits crevices in old walls. This specimen when caught was very thin; even when showing it a finger, would, when placed on a table immediately run at it with protruded sucker. Being allowed, sucked for 10 minutes caused very little pain [inserted by Darwin]; became bloated and globular & 5 or 6 times the original size; 18 days afterwards was again ready to suck; being kept 4 and ½ months became of proper proportions, as thin as at first; I then killed it. A most bold and fearless insect.

HEMIPTERA–Heteroptera, Reduviidae (Triatominae): no specimen found, but from Peru this would be Triatoma infestans Klug. This bug is one of the vectors of American trypanosomiasis or Chagas' disease (after its discoverer, Carlos Chagas).

Adler (1959) first suggested that Darwin may have contracted Chagas's disease during his sojourn in Mendoza and that his persistent ill-health in later life could be attributed to this disease, though it was not clinically recognized until 1909. This was contested by a number of authors including Woodruff (1965) and others (Winslow, 1971), largely on the grounds that victims usually presented


with cardiac symptoms and did not survive to Darwin's age. Lewinsohn (1979) has recently reviewed the history of the disease and draws attention to the important rediscovery of Chagas' first patient, still alive and well in 1979 (aged 72). This patient presented with similar symptoms to Darwin and led Lewinsohn to suggest that 'Berenice is (and Darwin perhaps was) a carrier of the infection rather than the disease'.

To become infected a patient must not only be bitten by the bug but, since the infective stage of the causative protozoan (Trypanosoma cruzi) resides in the gut, the wound must be contaminated by its faeces. Almost invariably the bug defecates while sucking blood on the skin of its victim.

Darwin (1845: 330) records in the Journal observations similar to the entry in the Insect Notes above, but his additional comment shows that while the bug was indebted to one of the officers for the meal described above, it nevertheless establishes that Darwin too had been exposed to them on another occasion. Writing of a night spent in the village of Luxan [Argentina] he says 'At night I experienced an attack (for it deserves no less a name) of the Benchuca, a species of Reduvius, the great black bug of the Pampas. It is most disgusting to feel soft wingless insects, about an inch long, crawling over one's body. Before sucking they are quite thin but afterwards they become round and bloated with blood, and in this state are easily crushed'.

Entry 2913 also shows that on yet another occasion, this time at Copiapo in Chile, he was exposed to the attacks of the Benchuca. The chances of his contracting Chagas' disease do therefore seem rather high. In all of these localities the bug concerned would have been Triatoma infestans and not Panstrongylus (=Conorrhinus) megistus (Burmeister) as suggested by Poulton (1904) when comparing W. J. Burchell's and Darwin's experiences with these bugs. Burchell's specimens were collected in Brazil where P. megistus is the principal bug biting man and thus the vector of Chagas' disease. There is no evidence that Burchell suffered the symptoms of Chagas' disease. Little is known of his later life but he died at the age of 80, by his own hand (Poulton 1905).

3445. Staphylinus; Carrion. Hobart Town. Van Dieman's Land [Tasmania]. Feby.

COLEOPTERA, Staphylinidae: no specimen found, but my colleague P. M. Hammond suggests that this might be Creophilus erythrocephalus F., a common carrion species frequently collected by early travellers in Tasmania. See also entry 708.

3446. Aphodius, Cows dung. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found. See entry 3506.

3504. Aphodius, Horses, dung. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found. See entry 3506.

3505. Aphodius. Cows, dung. Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found. See entry 3506.

3506. 3507. 3508. 3509. 3510. 3511. 3512. I believe includes 3 species of Onthophagus; 2 latter common in cows dung:—from Do.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found.

In the Journal Darwin (1845: 490, footnote), in a discussion on dung beetles seen on the voyage, says 'In Van Dieman's Land, however, I found four species of Onthophagus, two of Aphodius, and one of a third genus, very abundant under the dung of cows; yet these latter animals had been then introduced only thirty-three years. Previously to that time, the Kangaroo and some other small animals were the only quadrupeds; and their dung is of a very different quality from that of their successors introduced by man'. (See also entries 1491, 2102, 3506, 3819). Bornemissza (1983) suggests that: Darwin's four Onthophagus species were probably auritus Erichson, fuliginosus Erichson, mutatus Harold and posticus Erichson, all then undescribed; one of his Aphodius species was pseudotasmaniae Given; his third genus was probably Proctammodes (=Proctophanes) sculptus Hope. He also verifies the accuracy of Darwin's observations. No specimens have been found.

3513. Phalacrus, in rotten wood; has a Phalacrus been taken before out of Europe? Do.

COLEOPTERA, Phalacridae: Litochrus sydneyensis Blackburn, 'King George's Sound'; Phalacrus corruscans, Panzer, 'King George's Sound'.

These are the only Australian Phalacridae collected by Darwin, both recorded by Lea (1926: 281). Although the entry here apparently alludes to Hobart Town from the 'Do' I refer them here because

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of Darwin's special comment. The entries in the Notes are clearly out of sequence anyway as the Beagle visited Sydney, Tasmania, King George's Sound, in that order. In fact Phalacridae had previously been collected during the voyage in Maldonado (entries 1310, 1321–2) and Galapagos (3363–4).

3514. Larva. beneath stones, fresh water. Do.

Order (?), no specimen found.

3524. 3525. 3526. Insects by sweeping. Do.

In the following list of Coleoptera BM data are only cited where new records or misidentifications of Darwin material are involved. All are from Lea (1926) unless otherwise indicated (Lea's new species have the reference and pagination).

COLEOPTERA, Anthribidae: Araeocerus lindensis Blackburn; Xynotropis micans Blackburn.

Carabidae: Bradycellus promtus Erichson.

Chrysomelidae: Ditropidus minutus Lea; Haltica variegata Waterhouse, G. R. (1838: 133); Idiocephala darwini; I. semibrunnea; I. tasmanica Saunders (1843: 317) (all 'In Cabinet of Entomological Society'); Monolepta ordinaria Blackburn; M. nigricornis Blackburn; Rhyparida commutabilis Lea.

Coccinellidae: Diomus pumilio Weise, one in the BM; Rhizobius alphabeticus Lea; R. pulcher Blackburn; Scymnus maestus Lea (1926: 287); S. vagans Blackburn.

Curculionidae: Elleschodes tenuistriatus Lea; Encosmia ventralis Lea (1926: 282); Epamaebus ziczac Lea; Epamaebus sp., one unidentified in the BM (1885–119), numbered 3524; Eristus blackburni Lea, one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 3524, but not included in Lea (1926); Misophrice submetallica Blackburn, one in the BM (1887–42), not in Lea (1926); Rhamphus acaciae Lea; R. setistriatus Lea (1926: 285); Storeus brachyderes Lea; S. metasternalis Lea (1926: 283); Symbothinus squalidus Blackburn (det. Lea), one in the BM (1887–42), not in Lea (1926); Thecia pygmaea Pascoe, one in the BM (1885–119), my colleague R. T. Thompson informs me that this species was wrongly identified by Lea. Tychius minutissimus Boh.

Dermestidae: Anthrenus ocellifer Blackburn.

Hydrophilidae: Octhebius macrognathus Lea (1926: 279).

Malacodermidae: Hypattalus abdominalis Erichson.

Mordellidae: One unidentified specimen in the BM Accessions.

Ptinidae: Dryophilodes angustus Lea (1926: 282); D. squalidus Lea (1926: 282).

Scaphidiidae: Scaphisoma instabile Lea (1926: 280).

DIPTERA, Asilidae: Bathypogon sp. (det. G. Daniels), Tasmania. One in the Bigot collection at Oxford.

There are about 40 mostly unidentified Diptera in Dublin representing the following families: Chamaemyiidae (Pseudoleucopis ?fasciventris Malloch), Chironomidae Chironomus sp., det.

P. S. Cranston), Chloropidae, Dolichopodidae, Empididae (Hilarempis sp., det. K. G. V. Smith), Phoridae, Muscidae (including Coenosia acuticornis Stein, det. A. C. Pont), Sciaridae and other small Nematocera and Acalyptratae.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera. In Oxford are a few specimens as follows: Pentatomidae (genus near Nezara, Dinocoris sp.), Coreidae (Amorbus sp.), Homoptera, Psyllidae. Acizzia. Three specimens of probably the same species in the BM (1885–119), Hobart Town and numbered 3524 and 3526 and another damaged Psyllid numbered 3524 (see also entry 3561).

Spodyliaspidae: three in the BM Accessions (1885–119), Hobart Town, numbered 3524 and 3526 (one a Glycaspis sp. det. D. Hollis).

These Homoptera were probably swept from Acacia and Eucalyptus. In Oxford there are some unidentified specimens of Homoptera.

HYMENOPTERA: The following Chalcidoidea were described or identified in Walker (1838, 1839, 1840–1842) and are grouped in families assuming Walker's generic placements were correct.

Chalcididae: Hockeria eracon, H. proxenus, Smiera teleute.

Encyrtidae: Encyrtus arsanes, E. cheles, E. lucetius, E. odacon, E. salacon, E. xuthus, E. zebina.

Eucharitidae: Eucharis eribotes, E. iello (illustrated in Entomologist plate P, fig. 3, see Walker. 1840–1842)—see Fig. 16 of the present paper).

Eulophidae; Elachestus artoeus, Entedon hestia, Eulophus itea, Euplectrus bicolor Swederus, Ophelimus sabella, O. ursidus Haliday, Tetrastichus arses, T. autonae, T. dymas, T. fannius, T. glycon, T. hippasus, T. neis, T. proto, T. valens, T. xenares, T. zaleucus.


Eurytomidae: Eurytoma eleuthor, E. pidytes, E. volux, Isosoma ravola.

Lamprotatidae: Lamprotatus bato, L. ciron, L. hecatoeus, L. thera, Seladerma cernus, S. letus, Semiotus merula.

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus baton, P. niphe, P. oceia, P. thestor, P. unca.

Torymidae: Megastigmus borus, M. drances, M. laminus.

Halictidae: Halictus repertus Cockerell (1932: 520) in Oxford, refers here.

NEUROPTERA, Mantispidae: one unidentified specimen in Oxford.

ORTHOPTERA, Acrididae: one unidentified in Oxford.

3527. Do. Alpine; Insects Mount Wellington, elevation 3100 feet. [Tasmania].

COLEOPTERA, Coccinellidae: Scymnus flavolaterus Lea (1926: 287).

HYMENOPTERA, Pteromalidae: Micromelus silanus Walker (1843e: 46).

In Dublin there are about 40 unidentified Diptera and Hymenoptera standing over the number 3527. The Diptera include the families Agromyzidae, Dolichopodidae, Empididae, Ephydridae (Hydriellia and Notiphila, det. B. H. Cogan), Lauxaniidae, Phoridae, Stratiomyiidae (Actina sp., det. J. Chainey), Tipulidae.

3528. Insects sweeping near Sydney, S. Covington.

COLEOPTERA, Buprestidae: Cisseis puella Kerr, Germarica lilliputana Thomson.

Chrysomelidae: Coenobius spissus Lea, Ditropidus inconspicuus Lea, D. lentulus Charpentier, D. striatopunctatus Lea.

The following list of Coleoptera are all recorded in Lea (1926), unless other references are cited.

Chrysomelidae (continued): Haltica aenea, H. bicolor, H. crassicornis, H. labialis, H. scutellata (all Waterhouse, G. R. 1838), Monolepta subsuturalis Blackburn, M. sordidula Blackburn.

Coccinellidae: Novius bellus Blackburn, N. sanguinolentus Mulsant, Rhizobius debilis Blackburn, R. ventralis Erichson, Scymnus elutus Lea, S. notescens Blackburn, Serangium mysticum Blackburn, S. obscuripes Lea. In the BM are also the following Darwin Coccinellidae from Sydney but, unrecorded by Lea: Coelophora inequalis (F.), Diomus notescens Blackburn, D. pumilio Weise, Harmonia conformis (Boisduval), Rhizobius forestieri (Mulsant) and two unidentified specimens in the Accessions.

Curculionidae: Cydmaea cara Lea, C. pusilla Pascoe, Desiantha malevolens Lea, Empolis leai Blackburn, Leptosomus acuminatus L., (Waterhouse, G. R., 1839) (=Rhadinosomus), see Fig. 17.

Hydrophilidae: Paracymus lindi Blackburn; Paranacaena sp. near horni Blackburn, one in Cambridge with a label suggesting that it is Australian, as are other members of the genus.

Lathridiidae: Croticaria australis Blackburn.

Malacodermidae: Laius cinctus Redtenbacher.

Scarabaeidae: Automolus humilis Blanchard.

DIPTERA. In Dublin there are about 70 specimens, mostly unidentified, as follows: Chironomidae (Chironomus sp., det. P. S. Cranston), Dolichopodidae, Empididae (Hybos sp., det. K. G. V. Smith), Micropezidae (Taeniaptera lasciva F., Cardiocephalus triluminata Cresson, det. B. H. Cogan), Muscidae (Atherigona tibiseta Malloch, Coenosia acuticornis Stein, det. A. C. Pont), Sciaridae, Sepsidae (Xenosepsis sydneyensis Malloch, Parapalaeosepsis plebeia Meijere, det. A. C. Pont), Stratiomyidae and other small Nematocera and Acalyptrates in poor condition.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera. At Oxford there are specimens of Pentatomidae (Canthecona, Dinocoris, Elasmostethus and a genus near Nezara); Lygaeidae (Graptostethus sp.); Reduviidae (immature); Corixidae (two Sigara australis (Fieber) 'sent to G. W. Kirkaldy'). Lygaeidae: Ontiscus darwini Hamid (1975: 42), two in BM (1885–119) numbered 3528, see also 3561.

Homoptera. Cephalelus brunneus (Waterhouse, G. R., 1839: 195). In the BM there are unidentified Cicadellidae (1) and Fulgoroidea (1) numbered 3528. At Oxford there are a few specimens of Cicadidae (Melampsalta), Flatidae (Carthaea), Cercopidae (Orthoraphia) and some unidentified genera.

HYMENOPTERA, Gasteruptiidae (=Evaniidae): Foenus darwinii Westwood (1841: 537; 1844: 259) (=Hyptiogaster). In the 1844 version of this paper under Monomachus falcator Klug ms Westwood says 'Obs. C. Darwin, Esq. brought home a species of this genus which has for some time been in the hands of W. E. Shuckard, Esq., for description.

Halictidae: Halictus (Evylaeus) darwiniellus Cockerell (1932: 519). Cockerell comments on another Australian bee (Reepenia testacea Smith) possibly from the Beagle expedition via J. G.

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Children's collection but the provenance is uncertain. Both bees are in Oxford and are the only Darwin bees so far located.

Chalcidoidea: Francis Walker (1838, 1839) described the following species from Sydney. These are placed in families assuming the generic placement to be correct, which knowing Walker's reputation may not be the case (see Notes to this paper).

Chalcididae: Chalcis phya, Hockeria nyssa, H. proxenus.

Encyrtidae: Encyrtus pacorus.

Eucharitidae: Eucharis eribotes, E. theocles, E. valgius, E. xeniades, E. zalates.

Eulophidae: Entedon diocles.

Eupelmidae: Eupelmus eurozonus Dalman.

Eurytomidae: Eurytoma olbus, E. tellis, E. volux. Palmon olenus.

Lamprotatidae: Gastrancistrus menoetes. Lamprotatus damia, L. mycon, L. nicon. Seladerma athanis.

Torymidae: Callimome vibidia.

In Dublin there are about 25 Hymenoptera from Sydney, mostly Braconinae, Opiinae and Apanteles (det. T. Huddleston). In Oxford there is one unidentified Chalcidid.

ORTHOPTERA, Acrididae: there are seven unidentified specimens in Oxford

Tettigonidae: there are two unidentified specimens in Oxford plus 14 other Orthoptera.

1836 Insects 24.

[Entries 3390–3527 repeated and crossed out]

1836 Insects 25.

3550. Beetle, inhabiting in numbers a large flower [Hobart town Feby—crossed out] King George's Sound [Australia] March.

COLEOPTERA, Malachiidae: Allelidea ctenostomoides (Waterhouse, G. R., 1839: 194). Six in the BM (1841–32). See Fig. 17.

3556. Curculio, one of the most abundant insects here [Hobart Town Feby—crossed out] King George's Sound March.

COLEOPTERA, Curculionidae: Belus testaceus Waterhouse (1839: 188).

Probably refers here as it appears to have been singled out for description by Waterhouse; all other weevils are included in the next entry.

3561. Small insects sweeping on coarse grass or brush wood. King George's Sound. March.

COLEOPTERA: In the following list all are recorded in Lea (1926) unless otherwise indicated (date and page given for Lea if his new species).

Clambidae: Clambus australiae Lea (1926: 280).

Chrysomelidae: Haltica acuminata, H. aeneo-nigra, H. bivittata, H. nitida, H. ochracea, H. ovata, H. picea, H. pygmaea, H. subaena, H. substriata (all described by G. R. Waterhouse, 1838). Ditropidus jacobyi Baly.

Coccinellidae: Rhizobius occidentalis Blackburn, R. subhirtellus Lea (1926: 286), Scymnus flavifrons Blackburn.

Curculionidae: Antyllis latipennis Lea. One in the BM (1885–119) labelled Swan River, W. Australia (? non-Darwin) is referred here (Lea, 1926: 284). Calandra oryzae L. Cydmaea diversa Blackburn. Decilaus moluris Lea. Ethadomorpha clauda Blackburn. Microberosiris exilis Lea. Olanea sp. Orichora trivirgata Pascoe. Rhamphus perpusillus Pascoe. Storeus variabilis Lea. Thechia brevirostris Lea (1926: 284). T. longirostris Lea (1926: 285).

Dascillidae: Cyphon fenestratus Blackburn.

Dytiscidae: Hydroporus darwinii Babington (1842: 13) (=Necterosoma); H. unidecemlineatus Babington, two in the BM (1863–44) are labelled Tierra del Fuego apparently in error as this species is referable to Necterosoma, a genus which does not occur in South America (Watts, 1978: 95).

Tenebrionidae: Hypaulax ampliata Bates, F. var. parryi Bates, F. (1874:20), two in the BM (1881–19, F. Bates acc. No.). 'Voyage of the Beagle' on blue paper. I refer these here although they are large beetles. The typical form came from Nicol Bay, Western Australia. Bates described the


two specimens of the var. on the same page and noted that they were ex coll. [F.J.S.] Parry, but the precise locality is unknown.

DIPTERA, Acroceridae: Ogcodes darwini Westwood (1876: 516) in Oxford may refer here.

In Dublin there are about 20 Diptera in poor condition including several Dolichopodidae.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Lygaeidae: Ontiscus darwini Hamid (1975: 42), two in BM (1885–119), see also 3528.

Pentatomidae: Genus near Nezara, one in Oxford.

Homoptera, Cicadellidae: Cephalelus marginatus (Waterhouse, G. R., 1839: 195, var. β, var. γ).

Delphacidae: Haplodelphax darwini Fennah (1965: 33), one in BM (1885–119).

Derbidae: Alleloplasis darwinii Waterhouse, G. R. (1839:194). See eponyms for dedication. See Fig. 17.

Eurymelidae: Anipo darwini Evans (1942: 144), one in BM (1885–119).

Psyllidae: Acizzia sp., one in the BM (1885–119), a different species from 3524–5.

HYMENOPTERA: Walker (1838, 1839) described the following Chalcidoidea. See comments under previous entries 3528.

Chalcididae: Hockeria dexius.

Encyrtidae: Encyrtus lucetius, E. xuthus, E. zameis. Ericydnus chryscus.

Eucharitidae: Eucharis volusus (Plate P) (see Fig. 16, present paper), E. zalates (Plate P, Walker 1840–1842) (see Fig. 16, present paper).

Eulophidae: Euderus mestor, Eulophus megalarus. Tetrastichus lelaps.

Eupelmidae: Eupelmus dodone.

Eurytomidae: Eurytoma aretheas, E. pidytes. Isosoma oritias.

Lamprotatidae: Lamprotatus nelo, Seladerma athanis, Semiotus dice, S.theope.

Perilampidae: Perilampis saleius.

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus fabia.

Torymidae: Callimome daonus, C. osinus.

3588. Beetle taken on board the Beagle, Keeling Ids.

COLEOPTERA: no specimen found.

3593. Insects sweeping: the small ant swarms in countless numbers Keeling Isd.

In the Journal Darwin (1845, 456, footnote) says of the Keeling fauna 'of insects I took pains to collect every kind. Exclusive of spiders, which were numerous, there were thirteen species1. Of these one only was a beetle. A small ant swarmed by thousands under the loose dry blocks of coral, and was the only true insect which was abundant.' The superscript refers to a more informative footnote: 'The thirteen species belong to the following orders:— In the Coleoptera a minute Elater; Orthoptera, a Gryllus and a Blatta; Hemiptera, one species; Homoptera, two; Neuroptera, a Chrysopa; Hymenoptera, two ants; Lepidoptera nocturna, a Diopaea, and a Pterophorus (?); Diptera, two species.'

No specimens have been found. The Deiopeia was listed by Walker (1854: 567) as D. pulchella L., but Jordan (1939: 283) described this as subspecies darwini of Utetheisa pulchelloides Hampson (Arctiidae) and records two males coll. C. Darwin plus other specimens. See entry 3594 for the Chrysopa.

3594. Hemerobius.—(last three in April) Do. [Keeling].

NEUROPTERA, Chrysopidae: this is undoubtedly the Chrysopa referred to in the Journal (Darwin, 1845: 456, footnote) (see entry 3593). There are two specimens in the BM (1885–119), Keeling Isld, one numbered 594 [=3594], the other bearing a label 'seems to be Chrysopa innotata' but they are in fact C. ramburi Schneider (det. P. C. Barnard).

3635. Water beetles, mountain stream Mauritius. May.

COLOEPTERA, Hydrophilidae: Limnoxenus sp., one in Cambridge labelled 'South America' may refer here. Other specimens (non-Darwin) in the BM are from Europe, Ghana, S. Africa, Sandwich Is. and Australia.

HEMIPTERA—Homoptera, Cicadidae: Stagira darwini Distant (1905: 213), one in the BM (1885–119), Mauritius, is referred here as there is no other entry.

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3688. 3689. 3690. 3691. Small insects sweeping in valleys of mountains near Simons Bay. [Cape] June.

COLEOPTERA, Anthicidae: Anthicus (Aulacoderus) atronitidus Laferté, two in the BM (1885–119, 1887–42), numbered 3689 and 3691 (det. J. C. van Hille).

Chrysomelidae: Aphthona bevinsi Bryant (1942: 106), one in the BM numbered 3691.

A. capensis Bryant (1942: 106) may also refer here.

Curculionidae. Oosomus hariolus (Dollman in Schoenherr), one in the BM (1875: 36), Cape of Good Hope, numbered 3689 and labelled 'examined by Lacordaire' by Waterhouse and marked with a double asterisk on a separate label. Another Cape specimen is also present in the BM (1887–42) but represents a different species.

Dytiscidae: Darwinhydrus solidus Sharp (1882: 374, gen. et sp.), one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 3688.

Hydrophilidae: Prosthetops capensis Waterhouse, F. H. (1879: 533, gen. et sp.).

Nitidulidae: Meligethes splendidulus Reitter (det. A. M. Easton), two in the BM, one (1885–119) numbered 3691 and the other (1887–42) numbered 3690. M. viridulus Reitter (det. Kirejtshuk), four in the BM (1885–119).

DIPTERA, Tachinidae: Leskia darwini Emden (1960: 391). One in the BM (1885–119), Cape.

HEMIPTERA—Heteroptera, Lygaeidae: Ischnodemus darwini Slater (1964: 116), one in the BM (1885–119).

Homoptera, Cicadellidae: Caffrolix cyclopia (Cogan) (Theron, 1983: 150). Kaapia darwini Theron (1983: 147, 148), one in the BM (1885–119), numbered 3690.

Dictyopharidae: Risius darwini Fennah (1962: 233), one in the BM (1885–119) numbered 3689.

Tropiduchidae: Stenoconchyoptera darwini Muir (1931: 308, gen. et sp.), one in the BM numbered 3690.

3692. Acarus, from the common land tortoise of the Cape.—June.

Arachnida, Acari—not an insect.

3693. 3694. 3695. 3696. 3697. 3698. Small Aphodii very numerous beneath dung Do.-June.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found.

St Helena. July.

3730. Small insects, sweeping high central land.

COLEOPTERA, Carabidae: Calosoma helenae Hope (1838: 130), one in the BM (1863–44) (=Campalita chlorostictum Dejean spp. helenae), see Wollaston, 1877, Basilewsky, 1972.

Elateridae: Anchastus atlanticus Candéz. Three in BM (1871.2, Coleoptera accession no.) 'St Helena', with small blue paper triangle.

Scydmaenidae: Anthicus wollastoni (Waterhouse, F. H., 1879: 532), Champion (1895: 75) established that this is not an Anthicid but a Scydmaenid, one in the BM (1879–34) (=Euconnus).

Four previously described Wollaston (1877) species of Coleoptera were also represented among Darwin's material (see Waterhouse, F. H., 1879) in the BM. These have only handwritten rectangular labels 'St Helena' with 3730 written on the verso and Coleoptera accession number 1879: 35 (error for 34):

Anthribidae: Homoeodera pygmaea, Notioxenus ferrugineus.

Cryptophagidae: Cryptophagus gracilipes (not found)

Staphylinidae: Oxytelus alutaceifrons.

The Coleoptera of St Helena have been recently assessed (Basilewsky, 1972).

DIPTERA, Scathophagidae: Scathophaga stercoraria L., one in BM (1885–119) St Helena.

The following St Helena Diptera are in Dublin:

Chironomidae: Chironomus sp. (det. P. S. Cranston).

Chloropidae: Elachiptera lyrica Sabrosky (det. B. H. Cogan).

Mycetophilidae: Leia sp. (det. A. M. Hutson).

Sphaeroceridae: Leptocera sp. (det. B. H. Cogan).

HYMENOPTERA, Eulophidae: Cirrospilus nirreus Walker (1839: 98).

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus ipsea Walker (1839: 97).

There are 20 specimens of unidentified Hymenoptera in Dublin as follows:


Braconidae (Aphidius spp.), Ichneumonidae (Campopleginae) (det. T. Huddleston).

The Diptera and Hymenoptera of St Helena are assessed in Basilewsky (1977).

3819. 3820. Very common beetle beneath dung on higher parts of St Helena. This is the most extraordinary instance yet met with by me of transported, or change of habits of stercovorous insects.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimen found, but see entries 3821, 3822.

In the Journal (Darwin, 1845, 490, footnote) in a lengthy footnote on dung beetles says of the St Helena insects:—'Among these insects, I was surprised to find a small Aphodius (nov. spec.) and an Oryctes both numerous under dung. When the island was discovered it certainly possessed no quadruped, excepting perhaps a mouse: it becomes therefore, a difficult point to ascertain, whether these stercovorous insects have since been imported by accident, or if aborigines, on what food they formerly subsisted.' (See also entries 1491, 2102, 3506, 3821, 3822 for other parts of this discussion).

In the Ornithological Notes Barlow (1963: 211) cites Darwin's use of the word 'Krotophagous' and says 'Not in O.E.D. In the small pocketbooks Darwin carried with him on expeditions inland, he coins the word "omni-stercivorous" for dung-eating Coleoptera; date, 4th September 1833.'

3821. 3822. Aphodius higher part of St Helena.

COLEOPTERA, Scarabaeidae: no specimens found but this and the previous entry could refer to Aphodius (Nialus) pseudolividus Balthasar or A. granarius (L.). Both species occur on St Helena (Wollaston 1877, Decelle 1972).

3823. 3824. 3825. 3826. 3827. 3828. 3829. Flys [sic] and other insects taken on the mountainous parts and far from houses in Ascension. July.

Duffy (1964) provides a faunal list of Ascension but even by using this no Darwin material has been found. See also entries 3865–3867.

3858. 3859. 3860. Small insects sweeping in forest and open places. These insects products of two whole days sweeping.—After winters rainy season. Beginning of August. Bahia. Brazil.August.

COLEOPTERA, Bruchidae: Bruchus with an apparently unpublished Pic name, two in the BM (1885–119, 1887–42), one numbered 3860. Bruchus sp., one in the BM (1858–60).

Chrysomelidae: Syphrea bahiensis Bryant (1942: 107) may refer here (or 325). See also 618.

Curculionidae: Baridinae, three in the BM (1887–42) plus one Geraeus sp. (det. G. C. Champion) in BM (1885–119), Bahia, numbered 3680 (error for 3860).

DIPTERA: In Dublin there are about 100 unidentified Diptera and 20 Hymenoptera as follows:—

Agromyzidae, Bombyliidae, Calliphoridae (including Cochliomyia macellaria F. and Lucilia eximia Wiedemann, det. J. P. Dear), Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae (Cricotopus, det. P. S. Cranston), Dolichopodidae (including Condylostylus, det. C. E. Dyte), Drosophilidae, Ephydridae (including Nostima, det. B. H. Cogan), Lauxaniidae, Mycetophilidae, Pipunculidae, Sarcophagidae (Sarcodexia and Oxysarcodia, det. J. P. Dear), Sciaridae, Sphaeroceridae, Stratiomyidae, Syrphidae (including Ornidea obesa F., det. K. G. V. Smith), Tachinidae, Tephritidae (Xanthaciura ?insecta Loew, det. B. H. Cogan), Therevidae.

HYMENOPTERA: Braconidae (Braconinae, Opiinae, Microgasterini, including Apanteles, det. T. Huddleston) and Ichneumonidae (Phygaduontinae).

Sphecidae: Stigmus neotropicus Kohl. one in BM (1885–119), Bahia, numbered 3860.

The following Chalcidoid Hymenoptera were described by Walker (1838, 1839) unless otherwise indicated. (See comments under entries 3528, 3561, and Notes).

Chalcididae: Smiera punctata F., S. subpunctata.

Encyrtidae: Encyrtus epytus.

Eucharitidae: Eucharis furcata F. (=Thoracantha), E. rapo, Thoracantha latreilli Guérin (Waterhouse, G. R., 1839, pl. xvii, fig. 3, see Fig. 17 of the present paper).

Eulophidae: Elachestus catta. Entedon antander, E. hegelochus, E. thestius. Tetrastichus archideus, T. athenais, T. cacus, T. cleonica, T. daimachus, T. deilochus, T. februs, T. valerus.

Eurytomidae: Decatoma diphilus, Eurytoma euclus, E. menon.

Lamprotatidae: Lamprotatus dioxippe.

Pteromalidae: Pteromalus cosis, P. driopides.

Torymidae: Callimome caburus, C. sulcius.

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Fig. 19 G. R. Waterhouse's map inserted at the end of the Insect Notes and showing Darwin's route including his overland journeys in Uruguay and Argentina. The map is drawn on thin paper water-marked 'J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1840' with the route shown in red ink. In the copy reproduced here the route has been inked over in black for clarity.

Inset in panel is a 'Rio' label in Darwin's hand and a 'B' label also in his hand, probably connected with sorting of material and present on some specimens (see Insect Notes, 493). A Darwin Printed number is also shown. The majority of labels are in unknown hands (see text).


1836 Insects 26.

3861. 3862. 3863. 3864. Insects. Bahia. August.

See entries 3858–3860.

3865. 3866. 3867. Insects. Ascension. July.

See entries 3823–3829.

The Notes end with G. R. Waterhouse's sketch map of South America (Fig. 19).

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All generic and specific names formed from Darwin's name and used in the Insecta are included here with indications of author and group. Where these names have been used for Darwin's specimens, only author, date and page are given and the full reference will be found in the list of references and other comments elsewhere in the text (see Index). For names not based on Darwin material a full reference to the journal is given here which is not repeated in the main list of references. Where the name is not in Charles Darwin's honour, e.g. based on the town (Port) of Darwin (Northern Territory, Australia) (which, incidentally should more correctly have been coined darwinensis not darwini; similarly darwinii should have been darwini) etc., this is indicated. For the convenience of taxonomists in assessing the validity of any future eponyms all generic names are given first in alphabetical order (with full bibliographical data) and all specific eponyms are given in the alphabetical order of their original genera which are grouped into insect orders. Families and modern generic placings are also indicated where the latter information is already published. Some original dedications are quoted where of sufficient interest and reflect on Darwin's standing among entomologists of the day.

Considering Darwin's antipathy to the practice of taxonomists appending their names to new genera and species in perpetuity (Darwin, F., 1887: vol. 1, 364 et seq.), he would have probably been concerned at the superlative adulation of his name in the formation of so many eponyms.


Darwinella Enderlein, 1912, Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar 48(3): 14. (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Erected for D. amaroides Enderlein 1912. Falkland Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Darwinhydrus Sharp, 1882, Scientific Transactions of the Royal Dublin Society (II)2: 373. (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Erected for D. solidus Sharp 1882. South Africa.

Darwinivelia Anderson & Polhemus, 1980, Entomologica Scandinavica 11: 373. (Hemiptera, Mesoveliidae). Erected for D. fosteri Anderson & Polhemus 1980. Galapagos. Not based on Darwin material.

Darwinomyia Malloch, 1922, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9) 9: 277. (Diptera, Muscidae,Palpibracus). Erected for D. univittata Malloch 1922: 278. Chile. Not based on Darwin material.

Darwinysius Ashlock (1967). (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae). Erected for Nysius ?marginalis Dallas 1852: 556. Galapagos Islands. 'Named after Charles Darwin, who collected the type species of the genus on the voyage of the Beagle.'



Diplatys darwini Bey-Bienko 1959, Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 38: 591. (Diplatydae). China. Not based on Darwin material.


Anaulocomera darwinii Scudder 1893, Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard 25:19. (Tettigoniidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.


Kalotermes darwini Light 1935, Proceedings of the California Academy of (Natural) Sciences (4) 21: 242. (Kalotermitidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Mastotermes darwiniensis Froggatt, 1896, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 21: 519. (Mastotermitidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.



Diplax frequens var darwiniana Selys 1883 (=Sympetrum, Libellulidae), Annals de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 27: 14. Japan. Not based on Darwin material.

Tramea darwini Kirby 1889. (Libellulidae), Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 12: 315.

Galapagos Is. Not based on Darwin material.


Alleloplasis darwini Waterhouse (G.R.) 1839: 194 (Derbidae). King George's Sound, Australia (Fig. 16).

'Named after this gentleman who has done so much towards the advancement of science, and to whom entomology owes so much, since he has brought to this country an immense collection of insects from the various parts of the world, and particularly of the minute species which had been comparatively neglected.'

Anipo darwini Evans (1942: 144). (Eurymelidae). King George's Sound, Australia.

Capsus darwini Butler, 1877: 89. (Miridae Dagbertus). Galapagos, Charles I.

Cephaloplatus darwini Distant, 1910. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8(6): 473 (Pentatomidae). Named after Port Darwin, N. Australia.

Corythaica darwiniana Drake & Froeschner, 1967, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 69: 89. (Tingidae). Darwin Island (=Guerra, Culpepper), Galapagos.

Delphacodes darwini Muir (1929: 78). (Delphacidae). Chiloe Island, Chile.

Ectemnostega darwini Hungerford (1948: 203). (Corixidae). St Cruz, Patagonia.

Halobates darwini Herring, 1961, Pacific Insects 3(2–3): 278. (Corixidae). Named after Port Darwin, N. Territory, Australia.

Haplodelphax darwini Fennah (1965: 33). (Delphacidae). King George's Sound, Australia.

Ischnodemus darwini Slater (1964: 116). (Lygaeidae). Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. 'Dedicated to the memory of its collector, the immortal Charles Darwin'.

Kaapia darwini Theron (1983: 148). (Cicadellidae). Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Melizoderes darwini Funkhouser (1934: 203). (Aetalionidae). Chiloe Island, Chile.

Ontiscus darwini Hamid (1975: 42). (Lygaeidae). King George's Sound and Sydney, Australia.

Pantinia darwini China 1962, Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 114(5): 151, Fig 12. (Peloridiidae). Chiloe Island, Chile. Not a Darwin specimen.

Pristhesancus darwinensis Miller, 1958, Nova Guinea (N.S.) 9: 156. (Reduviidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Risius darwini Fennah (1962: 233). (Dictyopharidae). Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Stagira darwini Distant (1905: 213). (Cicadidae). Mauritius.

Stenoconchyoptera darwini Muir (1931: 308). (Tropiduchidae). Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.


Bracynemorus darwini Stange, 1969, Acta Zoologica Lilloana 25: 19. (Myrmeleontidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Chrysopa darwini Banks, 1940, Psyche, a Journal of Entomology, Cambridge, Mass. 47: 135. (Chrysopidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Macronemurus darwini Banks, 1915, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 96: 619. (Macronemuridae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Megalomus darwini Banks, 1924, Zoologica. Scientific Contributions of the New York Zoological Society, 5(717): 179. (Hemerobiidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.


Ablechrus darwinii Waterhouse (C.), 1877: 81. (Melyridae, listed in error for Ablechrus flavipes Waterhouse (C.), 1877: 79).

Achryson galapagoense darwini Linsley and Chemsak, 1966, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4) 33: 213. (Cerambycidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Adelopsis darwini Jeannel (1936: 64, 66). (Leiodidae). Maldonado, Uruguay.

Agonum darwini Van Dyke 1953, Occasional Papers of the California Academy of Sciences, 22: 25. (Carabidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Agrilus darwinii Wollaston, 1857, Catalogue of the Coleopterous insects of Madeira in the collection of the British Museum. London, p. 82 (Buprestidae). Madeira. Not based on Darwin material. Wollaston says:

'I have dedicated this species to Charles Darwin Esq., M.A., V.P.R.S., whose enquiries into the obscurer phenomena of geographical zoology have contributed more than those of any other man living to our knowledge, in the general questions of animal distribution'.

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Anaploderma darwini Lameere, 1902, Bulletin et Annals de la Société Royale Entomologique de Belgique 46: 210. (Cerambycidae). Brazil. Not based on Darwin material.

Archophileurus darwini Arrow, 1937: 55. (Scarabaeidae, Dynastinae). Maldonado, Uruguay.

Atheta (Acronota) darwini Cameron, 1943, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (11) 10: 351. (Staphylinidae). Named after Port Darwin, Australia.

Aulonodera darwini Champion, 1918b: 51. (Halticidae). Chiloe Island, Chile.

Callimicra darwini Hespenheide, 1980: 15. (Buprestidae). Bahia, Brazil.

Calosoma darwini Van Dyke, 1953, Occasional Papers of the California Academy of Sciences, 22: 10. (Carabidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Carabus darwinii Hope, 1838: 129. (Carabidae, s.g. Ceroglossus). Chiloe Island, Chile.

'This beautiful insect I have named in honour of my friend Charles Darwin, Esq., a zealous entomologist. His exertions in advancing the progress of Zoology in general entitle him to thanks of the scientific world.' Kraatze's (1878, Dt. ent. Z. 22: 325) citation of this name probably refers to another species which has led to 'darwinii Kraatze' entries in catalogues, similarly with Gerstaecker (1858, Linn. Ent. 12: 435).

Carenum darwiniense Macleay, 1878, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2: 214. (Carabidae). Named after Port Darwin, Australia.

Chlamydopsis formicola King var. darwinensis Lea, 1918, Record of the South Australian Museum 1: 85. (Histeridae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Clivina darwini Sloane, 1916, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 41: 609. (Carabidae). Named after Port Darwin, Australia.

Coelostoma darwini Blair, 1933, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10) 11: 474. (Hydrophilidae, Galapodacnum). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Coenonica darwini Cameron, 1943, Annals and Magazine of Natural History 11(10): 347. (Staphylinidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Colymbetes darwini Babington, 1842: 8. (Dytiscidae, (= Rhantus signatus F.)). Tierra del Fuego.

Cormodes darwinii Pascoe, 1860, Journal of Entomology, 1: 17. (Cleridae). Lord Howe Island. (Fig. 18).

'An insect so suggestive of Mr Darwin's theory should appropriately bear his name.' This dedication refers to the wingless condition of this beetle 'a condition due, as Mr Darwin tells us, in reference to other insular apterous Coleoptera, to "the action of natural selection but combined probably with disuse"'.

Ctenispa darwini Maulik, 1930: 51. (Chrysomelidae). Bahia, Brazil.

Diastichus darwini Cartwright, 1970, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 83: 53. (Scarabaeidae, Platytomus). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Distigmoptera darwini Scherer, 1964: 297. (Chrysomelidae). Uruguay, (Fig. 17).

Docema darwini Mutchler, 1924, Zoologica, Scientific Contributions of the New York Zoological Society, 5: 230. (Halticidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

Dorcus darwinii Hope, 1841: 302, 1844: 279. (Lucanidae, = Sclerognathus femoralis Guérin). Chile.

Hope (1844) says 'The above insect lately received from Chile. It is named in honour of Charles Darwin Esq., who has greatly contributed to our acquaintance with the entomology of Valparaiso, Chile, and other parts of the South American continent'.

Epitrix darwini Bryant, 1942: 101. (Chrysomelidae). Maldonado, Uruguay.

Epuraea darwinensis Blackburn, 1927, Transactions of the Royal Society of Australia 27: 115. (Nitidulidae). Australia. Not based on Darwin material.

Eudicella darwiniana Kraatz, 1840, Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 24(1): 170 (=darwini Kraatz, 1890, antea 34(1): 216). (Scarabaeidae). Ashanti, Africa. Not based on Darwin material.

Gnathaphanus darwini Blackburn, 1888. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 13: 808. (Carabidae). 'Northern Territory of South Australia'. Not Darwin material.

Haptoncura darwinensis Blackburn, 1903, Transactions of the Royal Society of Southern Australia 27: 115. (Nitidulidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Heterodiomus darwini Brèthes, 1924: 155. (Coccinellidae). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Heteronyx darwini Blackburn, 1889, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 14: 435. (Scarabaeidae). 'N. Territory of S. Australia'. Not based on Darwin material.

Hugoscottia darwini Knisch, 1922: 90. (Hydrophilidae, =Enochrus). South America—no further locality; see comment in introduction and Insect Notes, 1314.

Hydroporus darwinii Babington, 1842: 13. (Dytiscidae, Necterosoma). King George's Sound, Australia.

Hyperaspis arrowi Brèthes var darwini Brèthes 1925a: 13. (Coccinellidae). Maldonado, Uruguay.

Idiocephala darwini Saunders, 1843: 317. (Chrysomelidae). Sydney, Australia.

Lepidiota darwini Blackburn, 1888, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 13: 850. (Scarabaeidae, Melolonthiinae). Northern Territory of South Australia. Not based on Darwin material.


Longitarsus darwini Bryant, 1942: 105. (Chrysomelidae). Maldonado, Uruguay.

Medon (Hypomedon) darwini Cameron, 1943, Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (11) 10: 341. (Staphylinidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Migadops darwinii Waterhouse, (G.R.), 1842a: 138. (Carabidae). Tierra del Fuego, Navarin Island.

Neobrachypterus darwini Jelinek, 1979: 194. (Nitidulidae). Bahia Blanca, Patagonia.

Nephopullus darwini Brèthes, 1924: 168. (Coccinellidae, Scymnus). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nyctelia darwinii Waterhouse (G.R.), 1842b: 108. (Tenebrionidae). Port Desire, Patagonia.

Odontoscelis darwini Waterhouse (G.R.), 1840a: 356. (Carabidae, Cnemacanthus). Patagonia, (Fig. 13).

Onthophagus darwini Paulian, 1937, Arbeiten über morphologische u. taxonomische Entomologie, 4: 345 (now synonymized with O. fissiceps McCleay). (Scarabaeidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Orynipus darwini Brèthes, 1924: 158. (Coccinellidae). Chiloe Island, Chile.

Oxytelus (Anotylus) darwini Cameron, 1843, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (11) 10: 339. (Staphylinidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Oxytelus (Anotylus) darwinianus Cameron, 1943, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (11) 10: 340. (Staphylinidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Parahelops darwini Waterhouse (C.O.), 1875: 334. (Tenebrionidae). Tierra del Fuego and Valparaiso.

Phalacrus darwinii Waterhouse (C.O.), 1877: 78. (Phalacridae). Galapagos, Charles Island.

Phytosus darwinii Waterhouse (F.H.), 1879: 531. (Staphylinidae, Halmaeusa). Falkland Islands.

Plagithmysus darwinianus Sharp, 1896, Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 32: 271. (Cerambycidae). Hawaii. Not based on Darwin material.

Plotopuserica darwiniana Brenske, 1900, Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 45: 59. (Scarabaeidae). Madagascar. Not based on Darwin material.

Polylobus darwini Bernhauer, 1935: 96. (Staphylinidae). Chiloe Island, Chile.

Psephenus darwinii Waterhouse, C.O., 1880: 563 (Psephenidae). Rio de Janeiro.

Sclerostomus darwini sensu Burmeister is a misidentification (for Sclerognathus bacchus Hope) of Dorcus darwinii Hope see above.

Scolytogenes darwini Eichoff, 1878, Mémoires de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2) 8: 497. (Scolytidae). Burma. Not based on Darwin material.

Stictospilus darwini Brèthes, 1924: 154. (Coccinellidae). Chile.

Telephorus darwinianus Sharp, 1866, Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 5: 436. (Cantharidae, =Cantharis darwiniana). Scotland. Not based on Darwin material.

Trechisibus darwini Jeannel, 1927: 38. (Carabidae). Argentina. Not based on Darwin material though other Darwin records are given for other species. Dedication as follows: 'Cette espèce est dédiée à Ch. Darwin dont une partie des récoltes, faites au cours du voyage du Beagle, m'ont été communiquées par le British Museum et m'ont grandement facilité la revision du groupe difficile des Trechisibus.'

Trichopteryx darwini Matthews, 1889: 193. (Trichopterygidae). Rio de Janeiro (=Acrotrichis, Ptiliidae). Matthews says 'I feel much pleasure in dedicating this insect to the memory of the late C. R. Darwin by whom it was found in a fungus near Rio de Janeiro'.


Leptocera (Limosina) darwini Richards, 1931: 80. (Sphaeroceridae). Concepcion.

Leskia darwini, Emden, 1960, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 134: 391. (Tachinidae). South Africa. Not based on Darwin material.

Nocticanace darwini Wirth, 1969, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, (4) 36: 585. (Canaceidae). Galapagos. Not based on Darwin material.

Ogcodes darwini Westwood, 1876: 516. (Acroceridae). Australia.

Parachlus darwini Brundin, 1966, Kuniliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar (4) 11(1): 172. (Chironomidae). Chile. Not based on Darwin material.

Paracleis darwini Parent, 1933, Annales de la Société Scientifique de Bruxelles, 53: 184. (Dolichopodidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Pelecorhynchus darwini Ricardo, 1900: 102. (Tabanidae). Chiloe.

Pelycops darwini Aldrich, 1934: 169. (Tachinidae). Tierra del Fuego.

Strongyloneura darwini Curran, 1938, American Museum Novitates, 985: 3. (Calliphoridae, Isomyia). Named after the town of Darwin, Rhodesia. Not based on Darwin material.

Tabanus darwinensis Taylor, 1917, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 48: 758. (Tabanidae, =Dasybasis clavicallosa Ricardo). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Valdivia darwini Shannon, 1927: 32. (Syrphidae, Valdiviomyia) Chile.

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Agarista darwiniensis Butler, 1884, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (5) 14: 406. (Noctuidae, Cruria). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Aplodes rubrofrontaria var. darwiniata Dyar, 1904, Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 27: 903. (Geometridae, Nemoria). British Columbia. Not based on Darwin material.

Argynnis darwini Staudinger, 1899, Lepidoptera in Ergebnisse Hamburger Megalahhaensische Sammelreise Hamburg, 4(7) (1898): 32. (Nymphalidae, =Issoria lathonioides (Blanchard)). Tierra del Fuego. Not based on Darwin material.

Coenonympha arcania subsp. darwiniana Staudinger, 1871, Catalog der Lepidopteren des Palaearctischen Faunengebietes 2: 32. (Satyridae). Alps. Not based on Darwin material.

Erechthias darwini Robinson, 1983: 304. (Tineidae). St Paul's Rocks. Not based on Darwin's material but conspecific with material he collected.

Hypolimnas alimena darwinensis Waterhouse (G.A.) & Lyell (G.), 1914, The Butterflies of Australia 60. (Nymphalidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Mimacraea darwinia Butler, 1872, Lepidoptera Exotica 104, pl. 38, f. 8 (Lycaenidae). West Africa. Not based on Darwin material.

Orthosia ? darwini Staudinger, 1899, Lepidoptera in Ergebnisse Hamburger Megalahhaensische Sammelreise Hamburg 4(7) (1898): 74. (Noctuidae). 'Uschuaia'. Not based on Darwin material.

Phlyctaenodes darwinalis Sauber, 1904, Verhandlungen des Vereins für Naturwissenschaftliche Unterhaltung zu Hamburg, 12: 109. (Pyralidae, Loxostege). Central Asia. Not based on Darwin material.

Pieris napi bryonia (subsp. darwiniana) Stichel, 1910, Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 55: 251. (Pieridae). Europe. Not based on Darwin material.

Utetheisa pulchelloides subsp. darwini Jordan, 1939: 283. (Arctiidae). Keeling Islands.


Achrysocharis darwini Girault, 1917, New Chalcid Flies: 5 (privately published). (Eulophidae). Maryland. Not based on Darwin material.

Anastatus darwini Girault, 1915, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 4: 24. (Eupelmidae). Queensland. Not based on Darwin material.

Anthophora darwini Cockerell, 1910, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8) 5: 409. (Anthophoridae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia. Not based on Darwin material.

Ceratina darwini Friese, 1910, Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1910: 700. (Xylocopidae). South America. Not based on Darwin material.

Coelioxys albolineata var. darwiniensis Cockerell, 1929, American Museum Novitates, 346: 8. (Megachilidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Corynura darwini Cockerell, 1901. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 53: 220. (Halictidae, Rhinocorynura). Brazil.

Crocisa caeruleifrons Kirby var. darwini Cockerell, 1905, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7) 16: 219. (Anthophoridae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Foenus darwinii Westwood, 1841: 537; 1844: 259 (Gasteruptiidae, Hyptiogaster). Australia.

Gonatocerus darwini Girault, 1912, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 1: 131. (Trichogrammatidae). Queensland. Not based on Darwin material, but dedicated respectfully to him.

Halictus (Evylaeus) darwiniellus Cockerell, 1932: 519 (Halictidae). Sydney, Australia.

Halictus eyrei darwiniensis Cockerell, 1929, American Museum Novitates, 346: 2. (Halictidae, Homalictus). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Megachile darwiniana Cockerell, 1906, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7) 17: 535. (Megachilidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Nitela darwini Turner, 1916: 345. (Sphecidae). Galapagos Islands.

Nomia darwinorum Cockerell, 1910, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8) 5: 502. (Halictidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Paralaster darwinianus Perkins, 1914, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1914: 617. (Eumenidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Pediobomyia darwini Girault, 1913, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 2: 155. (Eulophidae). Nelson, ? Western Australia. Not based on Darwin material.

Polynema darwini Girault, 1913, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 2: 122. (Mymaridae). Queensland, Australia. Not based on Darwin material.

Selitrichodes darwini Girault, 1915, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 3: 233. (Pteromalidae). Queensland. Not based on Darwin material.


Sphex darwinensis Turner, 1912, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8) 10: 56. (Sphecidae). Named after the town of Darwin, Australia.

Tetrastichus darwini Girault, 1913, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 2: 202. (Eulophidae). Nelson, ? Western Australia. Not based on Darwin material.

Thynnus darwinensis Turner, 1908, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33(1): 206. (Thynnidae). Named after Darwin, Australia.

Xylocopa darwini Cockerell, 1926, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9) 17: 659. (Xylocopidae). Galapagos Islands. Not based on Darwin material.

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I thank the Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History) for permission to publish the text of Darwin's Insect Notes and Miss Pamela Gilbert, Librarian to the Department of Entomology, for making them available for study. Collectively I thank my colleagues (acknowledged individually at appropriate places in the text) in the Department of Entomology for help in locating Darwin specimens and their tolerance of my browsing among the valuable collections in their care.

I thank Mr George Pemberton Darwin and John Murray Ltd. for permission to quote from Charles Darwin's works and to Lady Nora Barlow for permission to reproduce her itinerary of the Beagle voyage and to quote from her works on her grandfather.

The Syndics of Cambridge University Library are thanked for permission to reproduce the List of Insects in Spirits of Wine, and to quote the other MS notes on Darwin's insects; Mr P. J. Gautrey very kindly answered many enquiries on manuscript sources preserved there. Dr W. A. Foster kindly provided hospitality and help in locating Darwin specimens in the Cambridge University of Zoology and gave permission to reproduce a photograph of the box of Darwin beetles there.

I thank the Hope Professor in the University of Oxford for permission to study Darwin material preserved in the Hope Entomological Collections and Dr M. J. Scoble and Mrs A. Z. Smith for expediting its location and other information.

Dr James P. O'Connor and the National Museum of Ireland are thanked for the loan of the Darwin insects from the Haliday collection and permission to reproduce one of their photographs.

Mr Philip Titheradge, Custodian of Down House kindly provided help and hospitality when I studied Darwin's material there and supplied the photograph of Darwin's box of beetles reproduced here by courtesy of Down House and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Mr Brian Sirl kindly gave permission to reproduce the portrait of Syms Covington and Mrs Betty Ferguson kindly provided further information on Darwin's assistant and a copy of her booklet on him.

I thank the Registrar and Librarian of the Royal Entomological Society of London for permission to study and quote from the Walker—Haliday correspondence in their care and to reproduce early illustrations depicting Darwin insects from the Society's Transactions.

Mr M. I. Dawes, Director of Publishing for Taylor & Francis Ltd. kindly gave permission to reproduce the G. R. Waterhouse illustrations of Darwin's insects appearing in the Annals and Magazine of Natural History.

Dr Gerhard Scherer and the Museum Georg Frey, Munich kindly gave permission to use the illustration of Distigmoptera darwini from their journal Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum Georg Frey.

Drs José C. M. Carvalho and W. C. Gagne, and the California Academy of Sciences are thanked for permission to use the illustration of Capsus quadrinotatus from their Proceedings.

I thank Dr N. E. Hickin and Mr Eric Classey for permission to reproduce two of Dr Hickin's scraperboard illustrations from Animal Life of the Galapagos.

I thank those other individuals who have kindly provided information on Darwin and his insects as follows: Mr J. Boorman, Mr Alan Brindle, Mr C. E. Dyte, Mr R. B. Freeman, Dr K. M. Harris, Dr J. Jelinek, Dr Gene Kritsky, Dr G. Kuschel, Miss Cynthia Longfield, Mrs M. Grieff, Dr Robert Nash, Dr Sydney Smith, Dr David Snow, Mr David Stanbury, Dr F. J. Sulloway, Mr Ernest Taylor, Dr J. G. Theron, and Dr J. C. Van Hille.

Finally I thank my wife for so cheerfully accepting Charles Darwin and his affairs as a normal concern of the family and for her careful and critical preparation of the typescript.

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For further details of certain entries in these Notes see Freeman (1978) and for obituaries of entomologists, throughout the text, see Gilbert (1977). See also textual comments via the index.

1. William Darwin Fox (1805–80). C.D.'s second cousin. Vicar of Delamere, Cheshire (1838–73). At Christ's College, Cambridge during C.D.'s first two terms of residence. Albert Way (1805–74). Antiquary. Friend of C.D. at Cambridge where they collected beetles.

Leonard Jenyns (later Blomefield) (1800–93). Anglican priest and naturalist. Vicar of Swaffham Bulbeck, Camb. Henslow's brother-in-law. Was asked (as was Henslow) to join Beagle as naturalist before Darwin but declined (Winwood, 1894, Proc. Bath nat. Hist. antiq. Fld Club 8(1): 35–55, portrait). Wrote (1862) Memoir of John Stevens Henslow, with recollections by C.D. and the section on fishes in the Zoology of the Beagle (1840–42) (see also Darwin, F., 1903). There are some British C.D. insect specimens in his collection at Cambridge, also his notebooks.

Sir. Harry Stephen Meysey Thompson, Bart. (1809–74). Agriculturist. M.P. for Whitby 1859–65. Cambridge Friend of C.D.

2. John Maurice Herbert (1808–82). County Court judge on the Monmouth and Cardiff circuit. Close friend of C.D. at Cambridge. Collected beetles with C.D. at Barmouth, N. Wales. Gave C.D. his Coddington microscope.

3. Revd Frederick William Hope (1792–1862). Entomologist and print collector, FRS 1834, Founder of the Hope Chair of Zoology (Entomology) Oxford. In 1829 gave C.D. ca. 160 specimens of beetles from his collection in London. Collected in Barmouth with C.D. but due to illness (eczema of lips, see C.D. to Fox July 3rd, 1829) C.D. returned to Shrewsbury after two days (see Stephen's List of British captures). C.D. gave Hope beetles from the Beagle voyage; see C.D.'s letter to Hope about Australian insects (Poulton, 1909), and letter from Babington to C.D. in Cambridge University Library.

4. John Obadiah Westwood (1805–93). Solicitor and entomologist. First Hope Professor of Zoology (Entomology) in the University of Oxford (1861–91). Proposed to the last University Commission the permanent endowment of a lecturer to combat the 'errors of Darwinism'. Ironically C.D. had proposed Westwood for the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1855.

5. Revd John Stevens Henslow (1796–1861). Professor of Mineralogy at Cambridge (1822–27), then Professor of Botany (1827–61). Vicar of Hitcham, Suffolk (1837–61). FRS 1818. At Cambridge C.D. was known as 'the man who walked with Henslow'. Became strong personal friend of C.D. and looked after the collections sent back from the Beagle, see Jenyns, 1862, Memoir of John Stevens Henslow with recollections by C.D., and Barlow (1967).

6. Syms Covington (1813–61). 'Fiddler and boy to the poop cabin' on the Beagle. Became personal servant to C.D. on 22 May, 1833 and later secretary amanuensis until 25 February, 1839. He copied out the Insect Notes (and others, see Sulloway 1982, Porter 1983), much of the MS of the book on Coral-reefs and extracts later used in Variation in Animals and Plants. He also collected Australian barnacles for C.D. for use in his Cirripede monograph. In 1840 he emigrated to New South Wales but corresponded with C.D. until 1859. See De Beer (1959) and Ferguson (1971). Manuscript material on Covington, including a Beagle diary and drawings, is held in the archives of the Linnean Society of New South Wales at the Mitchell Library in Sydney.

7. Robert FitzRoy (1805–65), RN, hydrographer and meteorologist, in command of the Beagle. FRS 1851. Edited (1839) Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. Anti-Darwin in later life. Governor General of New Zealand (1843–45). There is FitzRoy material preserved in the Michael Faraday Correspondence collection at the Institute of Electrical Engineers and his own account of the discoveries of the Beagle at the Royal Geographical Society (see also 1836, J. R. geogr. Soc. 6: 311–343).

8. Benjamin Bynoe (ca. 1804–1865). Assistant surgeon on the Beagle and Acting Surgeon from April 1832 when the Surgeon, Robert McCormick, returned to England. Made official collections of plants, birds and possibly insects (see section on 'other locations' of collections via Haslar Hospital). Looked after C.D. during his illness in Valparaiso.

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9. Charles Cardale Babington (1808–95). Botanist. FRS 1851. Succeeded Henslow as Professor of Botany at Cambridge, 1861. He, like Darwin, was an original member of the Entomological Society of London and a keen entomologist in his early days. His collection and notebooks, including records of C.D.'s British captures are in the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology. He described C.D.'s Beagle Dytiscidae (1842) and there is a letter from him to C.D. in the Cambridge University Library which discusses this.

10. George Robert Waterhouse (1810–88). Mammalogist and entomologist. Keeper of Mineralogy and Geology at the British Museum (Natural History). Friend of C.D. and frequent visitor to Down House. Wrote section of Living Mammalia in the Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle. In 1843 C.D. wrote of him 'If Waterhouse is hired he will enjoy his seven shillings a day from the British Museum as much as most men would ten times the sum!' (see Life and Letters, Darwin, F., 1887: vol. 1, 344). In the Journal Darwin (1845:30, footnote) says 'I am greatly indebted to Mr Waterhouse for his kindness in naming for me this and many other insects, and in giving me much valuable assistance.' He (G.R.W.) and two of his three Coleopterist sons (Charles Owen and Frederick Herschel) described most of C.D.'s beetles (see references). For obituary notes of these three entomologists see Entomologist's mon. Mag, 1888, 24: 233–4; 1917, 15: 67–68 and 1920, 56: 17; others are cited in Gilbert (1977).

11. Francis Walker (1809–74). Entomologist. Assistant at the British Museum. Renowned for his prolific output of inadequate descriptions of new species (over 20,000 in all) such that an unsigned obituary [actually by J. T. Carrington] in the Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (1874, 11: 140–141) began 'More than twenty years too late for his scientific reputation, and after having done an amount of injury almost inconceivable in its immensity, Francis Walker has passed from among us', On the other hand no lesser an entomologist than Edward Newman (1874, Entomologist, 7: 260–264) described him as the 'most voluminous and most industrious writer on Entomology this country has ever produced' and said of him 'I never met anyone who possessed more correct, more diversified, or more general information, or who imparted that information to others with greater readiness and kindness'.

His 'Catalogues of Insects in the British Museum Collections' will always stand as a tribute to his industry. Walker (1836) also described the Diptera from Captain P. P. King's collection made on the first surveying voyage of Adventure and Beagle.

Fortunately, many of his descriptions of Darwin's insects will endure because they were of little known groups from little worked regions and most of his types are still in the British Museum (Natural History). For a recent balanced account of this remarkable man see Graham (1979).

12. Alexander Henry Haliday (1807–70). Entomologist and lifelong correspondent of Francis Walker. High Sheriff of Antrim 1843. Haliday described (1836) the Hymenoptera collected by Captain King's first surveying voyage on the Adventure and Beagle (see FitzRoy, 1839), John Curtis (1839, 1845) described the Coleoptera and Francis Walker (1836) the Diptera. Haliday's collections, including some C.D. specimens, are in the National Museum of Ireland (see O'Connor & Nash, 1982). See also comments under Walker (1840–1842) in References.

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sheets, hence with the same pagination. Later editions appeared under various titles including the familiar A Naturalist's Voyage round the World. The two main editions of 1839 and 1845 (both rare) have 615 and 519 pages respectively. Since many insect references are not included in the index of either edition, and in order to link comments made in the Insect Notes with the Journal comments, pagination is cited. The choice of edition for these citations is that of the 1845 edition as the majority of the later editions of John Murray (Darwin's publishers) have the same pagination. The differences in other printings can be established by comparing indexed entries.]

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Lopes, H. S. 1978. Sarcophagidae (Diptera) of Galapagos Islands. Revista Brasileira de Biologia 38(3): 595–611.

Malloch, J. R. 1922. Exotic Muscaridae (Diptera). V. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)9: 271–280.

—1933. Acalyptrata (Helomyzidae, Trypetidae, Sciomyzidae, Sapromyzidae, etc.). Diptera of Patagonia and South Chile 6(4): 177–391.

—1934. Muscidae. Diptera of Patagonia and South Chile 7(2): 171–346.

Mateu, J. 1964. Coleopteros carabidos de las Islas de Cabo Verde. Commentationes Biologicae 27(4): 1–15.

Matthews, A. 1889. New genera and species of Trichopterygidae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (6)3: 188–195.

Maulik, S. 1930. New injurious Hispinae. Bulletin of Entomological Research 21:45–56.

Mitchell, P. C. 1929. Centenary History of the Zoological Society of London. London (Zoological Society of London). 307 pp.

Muir, F. 1929. New and little-known South American Delphacidae (Homoptera, Fulgoroidea) in the collection of the British Museum Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10)3: 75–85.

—1931. New and little-known Fulgoroidea in the British Museum (Homoptera) Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10)7: 297–314.

Newman, E. 1839. Supplementary note to the synonymy of Passandra. Annals of Natural History 3: 303–305.

—1840. Entomological Notes. Entomologist 1: 1–16.

Neave, S. A., Griffin, F. J., Poulton, E. B. & Hemming, A. F. 1933. The History of the Entomological Society of London, 1833–1933. London (Entomological Society of London). 224 pp.

O'Connor, J. P. & Nash, R. 1982. Notes on the entomological collection of A. H. Haliday (1806–1870) in the National Museum of Ireland, with a recommendation for type designations. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 82 B (10): 169–175.

Parodiz, J. J. 1981. Darwin in the New World. Leiden (E. J. Brill). 137 pp.

Porter, D. M. 1983. More Darwin Beagle notebooks resurface. Archives of Natural History 11(2): 315–316.

Poulton, E. B. 1901. The influence of Darwin upon entomology. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 13(2): 72–76.

[—] 1904. [Description of exhibit of Conorrhinus megistus Burm. collected by W. J. Burchell] Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London 1904: lxxvi—lxxviii.

—1905. William John Burchell. Report of the British and South African Association, 1905 3: 57–110.

—1909. Charles Darwin and The Origin of Species addresses, etc., in America and England in the year of the two anniversaries. London (Longman). 302 pp.

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—1910. Report of the Hope Professor of Zoology, 1909. [Item 37 reprinted from the Oxford University Gazette.] Hope Reports 7(37): 1–45.

Raphael, S. 1970. The publication dates of the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Series 1, 1791-1875. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 2: 61–76.

Remington, J. E. & Remington, L. 1961. Darwin's contribution to entomology. Annual Review of Entomology 6: 1–12.

Ricardo, G. 1900. Notes on the Pangoniinae of the family Tabanidae in the British Museum collection. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7)5: 97–121.

Richards, O. W. 1931. Sphaeroceridae (Borboridae). Diptera of Patagonia and South Chile 6(3): 62–84.

[Ridewood, W. G.] 1909. Memorials of Charles Darwin. London. (British Museum (Natural History)). (Special Guide No. 4). 50 pp.

Riley, C. V. 1883. Darwin's work in entomology. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 1(1882): 70–80.

Robinson, G. S. 1983. Darwin's moth from St Paul's Rocks: a new species of Erechthias (Tineidae). Systematic Entomology 8(3): 303–311.

Saunders, W. W. [1843] [Proceedings of Learned Societies. Entomological Society June 6th 1842.] Descriptions of new Australian Chrysomelidae allied to Cryptocephalus. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1) 11: 317. [Almost certainly the first publication of this work from which the names of the new species described therein must date (April 1st 1843). Also published (possibly simultaneously) in Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London 1842, June 6th meeting (actually published in 1843, see Wheeler 1911). Also published in fuller form with plates, see Saunders, 1845.]

—[1845.] Descriptions of the Chrysomelidae of Australia, allied to the genus Cryptocephalus. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 4(2): 141–154, 197–204 [see Saunders 1843 and for dating Wheeler 1912.]

Schenkling, S. [Ed.] 1910— [still appearing] Coleopterorum Catalogus, auspiciis et auxilio W. Junk. Berlin and 's-Gravenhage.

Scherer, G. 1964. Eine neue Distigmoptera, die Charles Darwin während seiner Reise auf der "Beagle" fing. Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum Georg Frey 15: 296–301.

Shannon, R. C. 1927. A review of the South American two-winged flies of the family Syrphidae. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 70(9): 1–33.

Sharp, D. 1882. On aquatic carnivorous Coleoptera or Dytiscidae. Scientific Transactions of the Royal Dublin Society (2)2: 179–1003.

Sherborn, C. D. 1926. Dates of publication of early catalogues of natural history issued by the British Museum. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)17: 271–272.

Slater, J. A. 1964. Hemiptera (Heteroptera) Lygaeidae South African Animal Life 10: 15–228.

Smart, J. & Wager, B. 1977. George Robert Crotch, 1842–1874: a bibliography with a biographical note. Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History 8(3): 244–248.

Smith, A. Z. 1986. A history of the Hope entomological collections in the University Museum, Oxford with lists of archives and collections. Oxford (Clarendon Press), 172 pp.

Smith, F. 1877. Hymenoptera and Diptera. In Gunther, A. Account of the zoological collection made during the visit of H.M.S. 'Peterel' to the Galapagos Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1877: 82–84.

Smith, K. G. V. 1982a. Charles Darwin and the Royal Entomological Society of London. Antenna (Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society of London) 6(2): 200–201.

—1982b. Darwin's illness. Biologist 29(4): 189.

Stecher, R. M. [Ed.]. 1969. The Darwin—Bates letters, correspondence between two nineteenth-century travellers and naturalists. Annals of Science 25: 1–47; 95–125.

Stephens, J. F. [1827]–[1845] Illustrations of British Entomology London. 11 Vols.

—1839. A manual of British Coleoptera or beetles. London. 443 pp.

Straneo, S. L. 1951. Sur la tribu des Metiini (Antarctiini auct.). Revue Françcaise d'Entomologie 18(2): 56–88.

Sullaway, F. 1982. Darwin's conversion: the Beagle voyage and its aftermath. Journal of the History of Biology 15: 325–388.

Theron, J. G. 1983. Cicadellidae (Hemiptera) collected by Darwin at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, with description of a related species Journal of the Entomological Society of South Africa 46(1): 147–151.

Turner, R. E. 1916. Notes on fossorial Hymenoptera.—XXIV. On the genus Nitela. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8)18: 343–346.


Viette, P. 1958. Lépidoptères Tinéides (s.l.) et Pyrales [Resultats de l'expedition zoologique du Professeur Dr Hoken Lindberg aux Îles du Cap Vert durant l'hiver 1953–54. No. 18. Commentationes Biologicae 17(8): 1–12.

Walker, F. 1836. Descriptions etc., of the insects collected by Cpt. P. P. King, R.N., F.R.S., in the survey of the Straits of Magellan. Diptera. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 17(3): 331–359. [See Raphael, 1970 for dating.]

—1838. Description of some Chalcidites discovered by C. Darwin Esq. Entomological Magazine 5: 469–477.

—1839. Monographia Chalciditum. Vol. 2. Species collected by C. Darwin, Esq. London. 100 pp. [See Walker 1840–1842].

[—] 1840–1842. Plate P. Entomologist 1. [In the first volume of the Entomologist are 15 plates lettered A–P which illustrate species described by Walker (1839). The plates were engraved from drawings made by A. H. Haliday (see Gradwell, 1967). The legend to the plates was issued with the index to the last part of volume 1 of the Entomologist, presumably in December 1842. The date of issue of the plates is unknown. Only plate P depicts Darwin material.]

—1842a. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered by C. Darwin, Esq., near Valpariso. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)10: 113–117.

—1842b. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered in Valdivia by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)10: 271–274.

—1843a. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered near Conception in South America by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)11: 30–32.

—1843b. Descriptions of Chalcidites found near Lima by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)11: 115–117.

—1843c. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered in the Isle of Chonos by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)11: 184–185.

—1843d. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered in Coquimbo by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)11: 185–188.

—1843e. Descriptions of Chalcidites discovered by C. Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)12: 45–46.

—1846. List of the specimens of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 1. Chalcidites. London (British Museum). 100 pp. [For dating of 'BM Lists' see Sherborn, 1926.]

—1849. List of the specimens of dipterous insects in the collection of the British Museum [part] 4. London (British Museum): 688–1172.

—1851a. List of the specimens of Homopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 2. London (British Museum): 261–636.

—1851b. List of the specimens of Homopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 3. London (British Museum): 637–907.

—1854–66. List of the specimens of Lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum, Pt. 2: 280–581 (1854); Pt. 3: 583–775 (1855); Pt. 6: 1259–1507 (1855); Pt. 7: 1509–1808 (1856); Pt. 8: 1–271 (1856); Pt. 9: 1–252 (1856); Pt. 10: 253–491 (1957); Pt. 12: 765–982 (1858); Pt. 17: 255–508 (1859); Pt. 24: 1021–1280 (1862); Pt. 26: 1479–1796 (1863); Pt. 27: 1–286 (1863) London (British Museum). [See also Doubleday 1848].

—1867. Catalogue of the specimens of Heteropterous–Hemiptera in the collection of the British Museum. Pt. 1: London (British Museum). 240 pp.

—1868a. Catalogue of the specimens of Blattariae in the collection of the British Museum. London (British Musum). 239 pp.

—1868b. Catalogue of the specimens of Heteropterous–Hemiptera in the collection of the British Museum. Pt 3: London (British Museum): 419–599

—1870a. Catalogue of the specimens of Dermaptera Saltatoria in the collection of the British Museum. Pt. 3: London (British Museum): 425–604.

1870b. Catalogue of the specimens of Dermaptera Saltatoria in the collection of the British Museum Pt. 4: London (British Museum): 605–809.

—1871. Catalogue of the specimens of Heteropterous–Hemiptera in the collection of the British Musum Pt. 4: London (British Museum): 1–211.

—1872. Catalogue of the specimens of Heteropterous–Hemiptera in the collection of the British Museum. Pt. 5: London (British Museum): 1–202.

—1873. Catalogue of the specimens of Heteropterous–Hemiptera in the collection of the British Museum. Pt. 6: London (British Museum): 1–210.

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Walker, J. J. 1931. Insects at Sea. Entomologist's monthly Magazine 67: 211–232; 254–268.

Waterhouse, C. O. 1875. On some new genera and species of Heteromerous Coleoptera (Helopidae) from Tierra del Fuego. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1875: 331–337.

—1877. Coleoptera. In Gunther, A. Account of the zoological collections made during the visit of the H.M.S. 'Peterel' to the Galapagos Islands. VII. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1877: 77–82.

—1880. Description of new Coleoptera belonging to the families Psephenidae and Cyphonidae. Cistula Entomologica 2: 563–573.

—[Ed.] 1880–1882. Aid to the identification of insects. Vol. 1: London. 15 pp. 100 pls.

Waterhouse, F. H. 1879. Descriptions of new Coleoptera of geographical interest, collected by Charles Darwin, Esq. Journal of the Linnean Society of London. Zoology 14: 530–534.

Waterhouse, G. R. 1838. Descriptions of some of the insects brought to this country by C. Darwin, Esq. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 2(2): 131–135.

—1839. Descriptions of some new species of exotic insects. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 2(3): 188–196.

—1840a. Descriptions of some new species of Carabideous insects from the collection made by C. Darwin, Esq. in the southern parts of S. America [part see 1840c] Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4: (N.S.): 354–362.

—1840b. Description of a new species of the genus Lophotus from the collection of Charles Darwin. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 5: 329–333.

—1840c. Carabideous insects collected by Mr Darwin during the voyage of Her Majesty's Ship Beagle [part; a continuation of 1840a but with a modified title]. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6: 254–257.

—1841a. Carabideous insects collected by Charles Darwin, Esq. during the voyage of Her Majesty's Ship Beagle [part, a continuation of 1840c, but with title altered again]. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6: 351–355.

—1841b. Carabideous insects collected by Charles Darwin, Esq. during the voyage of Her Majesty's Ship Beagle [part, a continuation of 1841a]. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7: 120–129.

—1842a. Carabideous insects collected by Charles Darwin, Esq. during the voyage of Her Majesty's Ship Beagle [conclusion of 1841b]. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9: 134–139.

—1842b. [Descriptions of numerous species of Coleopterous insects from the southern parts of South America from H. Cuming, Esq., and C. Darwin, Esq.]. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 9: 105–126. [These descriptions were all repeated in an account of this meeting of 14 December, 1841 in Annals and Magazine of Natural History 10: 131–147.]

—1842c. Description of a new species of Lamellicorn beetle, brought from Valdivia by C. Darwin, Esq. Entomologist 1: 281–283.

—1843. Description of a new genus of Carabideous insects brought from the Falkland Islands by Charles Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)11: 281–283.

—1844. Contributions to the entomology of the southern portion of South America. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1) 13: 41–55.

—1845a. Descriptions of Coleopterous insects collected by Charles Darwin, Esq. in the Galapagos Islands. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)16: 19–41.

—1845b. Descriptions of some new genera and species of Heteromerous Coleoptera. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1)16: 317–324.

Watts, C. H. S. 1978. A revision of the Australian Dytiscidae (Coleoptera). Australian Journal of Zoology (supplementary series) 57: 1–166.

Westwood, J. O. [1837] [Meeting 7 December, 1835, noting information on Darwin insects received through Babington (1837).] Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London 1: lxxix.

—1841. [Proceedings of learned Societies. Entomological Society 1 February, 1841. Contents of memoir on Evaniidae and some allied genera of Hymenopterous insects given including first published descriptions of species included in Westwood 1844.] Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7: 535–536 [See Westwood 1844.]

—[1844]. On Evania and some allied genera of Hymenopterous insects. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 3(4) (1843): 237–278. [Contains a footnote dated July 12th 1844. Descriptions date from Westwood 1841.]

—1876. Notae Dipterologicae. No. 3.—Description of new genera and species of the family Acroceridae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1876 (4): 507–518.

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Wheeler, G. [1912.] On the dates of the publications of the Entomological Society of London. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 44(4) (1911): 750–767.

Wheeler, W. M. 1919. The ants of the Galapagos Islands. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)2: 259–310.

White, A. 1841. Descriptions of new or little known Arachnida. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7: 471–477.

—1847–1849. Nomenclature of Coleopterous insects in the collections of the British Museum Part 2 Hydrocanthari: 1–59; Part 4 Cleridae: 1–68. London (British Museum).

—1849. Descriptions of apparently new species of Aptera from New Zealand. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 17: 3–6. [Includes Attus darwini, p. 4.]

Williams, C. B. 1930. The Migration of Butterflies. Edinburgh & London (Oliver & Boyd). 473 pp.

Winslow, J. H. 1971. Darwin's Victorian malady, evidence for its medically induced origin. Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 88: 1–94.

Wollaston, T. V. 1877. Coleoptera Sanctae-Helenae. London. 256 pp.

Woodruff, A. W. 1965. Darwin's health in relation to his voyage to South America. British Medical Journal 5437: 745–750. [Extracts reprinted in Darwin Centenary issue of Biologist 29(2): 113–117 (1982) see also ibid 29(4): 189.]

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Geographical and Name Index

In addition to geographical place names this index includes the names of institutions, ships and the more important textual references to historic persons associated with Darwin and/or his insects.

Albrolhos, I, 15 (map), 16 (map), 49

Adventure H M S—ship, 114

Albatross expedition 49

Albemarle I (=Isabella), Galapagos 91

Alps 110

Andes 112

Anson G 54, 55

Arrow G J 20

Ascension I, 19, 49, 103, 105

Ashanti 108

Azores 15 (map), 19

Australia 15, 25, 30, 106–111

Babington C C 10, 24, 113

Bahia Blanca (Patagonia) 16 (map), 18, 19, 43, 61–5, 67, 73, 76, 86, 104 (map), 109

Bahia (Brazil) 15 (map), 16 (map), 18, 30, 39, 47, 48, 53, 56, 61, 64, 92, 93, 103, 105

Bairstow S D 22

Bajada St Fe (Argentina) 76

Barlow, Lady N 12

Barmouth (N Wales) 9, 56

Barrington I (=Santa Fé), Galapagos 94

Bates F 78, 90, 100

Bates H W 78, 81

Bay of Islands (New Zealand) 96

Bay of St Mathias 16 (map), 75

Beagle H M S 18–19 (itinerary); 45, 58; 59, 63, 66, 77, 101 (all insects on board)

Beagle Channel 17 (map)

Berenice (Chagas' patient) 97

Bigot J M F 29, collection 98

Blomefield L see Jenyns L

Bond collection 82

Botafogo Bay (Rio de Janeiro) 50

Bridges collection 82

British Association for the Advancement of Science 31

British Columbia 110

British Museum (Natural History) 5, 14, 20–25, 29, 35, 39, 114

Brunswick Peninsula (Chile) 17 (map)

Buenos Aires (Argentina) 16 (map), 65, 77, 104 (map)

Burchell W J 97

Butcher, C 133

Bynoe B 12, 35, 38, 113

Callao (Peru) 15 (map), 16 (map), 90

Cambridge 7, 8, 9; University 5, 10, 14; Museum of Zoology 24–28, 44, 51; Philosophical Society 10

Campana Mt (Chile) 112

Campos Novos (Rio de Janeiro) 50

Canary Is 15, 45

Cancahue I (Chile) 81

Canguenes Valley (Chile) 82

Cape Blanca (Africa) 45

Cape Corrientes 16 (map), 67

Cape of Good Hope (Africa) 19, 22, 102, 107

Cape Horn 15 (map), 17 (map), 69–71

Cape Negro (Chile) 17, 78, 79

Cape St Mary (Montevideo) 59

Cape Tres Montes (Chile) 16 (map), 85, 86, 104 (map)

Cape Verde Is 15 (map), 18, 19, 45, 46

Caucovado see Corcovado

Chagas C 96; disease 4, 96–7

Challenger H M S 14

Charles I (=Floreana, Galapagos) 22, 91, 92, 109

Chatham I (=San Cristóbal, Galapagos) 90, 91

Children J G 99–100

Chile 21, 30, 43, 71, 106, 108, 109

Chiloe I (Chile) 16 (map), 18, 20, 29, 30, 61, 80, 81, 83–5, 87–8, 95, 107–9

China 106

Chonos archipelago (Chile) 16 (map), 85–6, 104 (map)

Christ's College (Cambridge) 5

Clarence I (Chile) 17 (map)

Cocos Keeling Is see Keeling Is

Concepcion (Chile) 15 (map), 16 (map), 18, 88, 104 (map), 109

Cook Captain James 14, 67

Copiapó (Chile) 16 (map), 18, 89

Coquimbo (Chile) 16 (map), 88, 104 (map)

Corcovado Mt (Rio de Janeiro) 54, 55

Cordillera of the Andes 89

Corrientes (Cape, Argentina) 16 (map), 67

Covington, Syms 11, 12, 22, 39, 40, 42, 44, 86, 99, 113

Crotch G R 25, 28

Cudico (Chile) 87

Curtis, John 30, 31

Darwin (Argentina) 16 (map)

Darwin (Australia) 106–111

Darwin F 5, 7, 10, 25

Darwin G P 112

Darwin H 10

Darwin I (=Guerra, Culpepper, Galapagos) 107

Darwin L 10

Darwin Range (Chile) 17 (map)

Darwin's microscope 113

Desolation I (Chile) 17 (map)

Devonport (England) 18

Doubleday E 58

Douglass Mr 81

Down House 5, 10, 35–38

Dublin see National Museum of Ireland


Emerson Mrs 11

Entomological Society of London (later Royal) 14, 20, 21, 30, 52, 93, 96, 98, 114

Falkland Is 13, 15 (map), 16 (map), 18, 21, 22, 71, 72, 79, 106, 109

Falmouth (England) 19

Faraday, Michael 113

Fernando Norhona I, 15 (map), 47, 73

Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) 38, 62

FitzRoy, Captain R 12, 38, 49, 66, 113

Flower Miss D 11

Flower Sir W M 11

Fox W Darwin 5, 10, 113

Freeman R B 3, 11

Fuegians 67

Fuller H 38

Galapagos Is 4, 15 (map), 18, 20, 22, 30, 32, 33, 90–92, 94–96, 98, 106–110

Gallao (Peru) 19

Gautrey P J 11

Good Success Bay (Tierra del Fuego) 17 (map), 67, 72

Gorodoña Rio Parana (Argentina) 76

Gould John 59, 60

Gregory Bay (Patagonia) 43

Green Mount (Montevideo) 60

Guasco (Chile) 90

Guritti I (Maldonado) 75

Haliday A H 30–34, 49, 113

Hardy Peninsula (Chile) 17 (map), 69, 70–72

Haslar Hospital 35, 113

Hawaii 109

Henslow J S 5, 12, 14, 113

Herbert J M 5, 113

Hermit I (Tierra del Fuego) 17 (map), 69

Hermosa (Mt, Bahia Blanca) 63

Hobart Town (Tasmania) 15 (map), 18, 29, 30, 97, 100

Hope F W 5, 9, 14, 29, 30, 35, 108, 113

Hope Entomological Collections (Oxford) 29, 44, 112, 113

Horn, Cape 15 (map), 70, 71

Hoste I (Chile) 17 (map)

Institute of Electrical Engineers 113

Iquique (Peru) 16 (map), 18, 19

Ireland National Museum of 14, 30–34, 54, 114

James I (Galapagos) 22, 94

Janson E W 28, 35

Janson O 82

Japan 107

Jenyns (later Blomefield) L 5, 10, 113

Kater's Peak (Hermit I, Tierra del Fuego) 69

Keeling I, 15 (map), 15, 19, 21, 101, 110

Kew (Royal Botanic Gardens) 35

King George's Sound (Australia) 15 (map), 29, 30, 39, 92, 93, 98, 100, 107, 108

King, midshipman [PG] 38

King P P (Captain) 114

Kirby W 45

Kirkaldy G W 38, 99

Krause E 11

La Plata 43

Lemuy I (Chiloe, Chile) 83

Lewinsohn R 97

Lima (Peru) 16 (map), 19, 90

Linnean Society of New South Wales 113

Locégo (Rio de Janeiro) 50

Lord Howe, I, 95, 108

Lowes Harbour (Chonos Archipelago) 86

Luxan (Argentina) 90, 97

Lyell C 5

Macaé R (Brazil) 50

Madeira 107

Magellan Straits of 17 (map), 18, 68, 104 (map)

Maldonado (Uruguay) 15 (map), 16 (map), 18, 43, 72–76, 98, 104 (map), 108, 109

Mandetiba (Rio de Janeiro) 50

Mauritius 15 (map), 18, 101, 107

Melly A 84

Mendoza (Argentina) 16 (map), 21, 89, 90, 96

Miaconcagua (Chile) 16 (map)

Midship Bay (Chonos Archipelago) 85

Mitchel Library (Sydney) 38

Monte Hermosa (Bahia Blanca) 63

Montevideo (Uruguay) 13, 16 (map), 18, 20, 21, 40, 58–60, 65–67, 75

Mount Darwin (Chile) 17 (map)

Mount (Green Mount, Montevideo) 61, 66

Mount Wellington (Tasmania) 21, 99

National Museum of Ireland (Dublin) 14, 30–34, 44, 49, 114

National Museum of Wales (Cardiff) 38

Navarin I (Tierra del Fuego) 67–71, 109

Negro (Cape, Chile) 17, 78, 79

Newman E 20, 21

New Zealand 15, 18, 21, 30, 33, 96

Nicol Bay (W Australia) 100

Oxford University 5, 10, 14; Hope Entomological Collections 29, 44, 112, 113

Parana R (Argentina) 76

Parry F J S 101

Patagonia 17 (map), 21, 61, 66, 67, 78, 81, 109

Patch Cove (Tres Montes, Chile) 85

Pernambuco (Brazil) 19

Petorca (Chile) 16 (map), 82

Plas Edwards (Wales) 5

Plata R (boundary between Argentina and Uruguay) 16 (map), 59, 72

Ponsonby Sound (Tierra del Fuego) 17 (map) 70)

Port Desire (Deseado, Patagonia) 16 (map), 18, 20, 64, 78, 81, 104 (map), 109

Porter D M 39, 41


Port Famine (Straits of Magellan) 21, 79

Port St Julian (Patagonia) 16 (map), 18, 77, 81, 104 (map)

Porto Praya (Cape Verde Is) 19, 46

Poulton E B 5, 29

Quail I (Cape Verde Is) 45

Quillota (Chile) 16 (map), 82

Rat I (Montevideo) 40, 59, 66

Rhodesia 109

Riesco I (Chile) 17 (map)

Riley C V 3, 5

Rio Colorado (Patagonia) 76, 104 (map)

Rio Estacado (Mendoza, Argentina) 89

Rio Frade (Rio de Janeiro) 50

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 13, 15 (map), 16 (map), 18, 21, 22, 25, 49–59, 104 (label), 108, 109

Rio Macáe (Rio de Janeiro) 49, 50

Rio Negro (Argentina) 16 (map), 18, 66, 77, 104 (map)

Rio Parana (Argentina) 76

Rio Plata 16 (map), 59, 77, 104 (map)

Rippon collecton 38

Royal Entomological Society of London 14, 20, 21, 30, 52, 93, 96, 98, 114

Rozario R (Parana, Argentina) 76

St Andrews, Cape (Tres Montes, Chile) 85

St Catherine's (Brazil) 54

St Cruz see Santa Cruz

St Domingo (Cape Verde Is) 46

St George's Sound (Australia) 19, 67

St Helena 15 (map), 19, 22, 30, 102–3

St Jago (Cape Verde Is) 21, 45–47

St Julian (Patagonia) 16 (map), 18, 77, 104 (map)

St Martin (Cape Verde Is) 46

St Matthias Bay (Argentina) 16 (map), 75

St Mary (Cape, Montevideo) 59

St Paul's Rocks 15 (map), 20, 31, 46, 47, 49, 110

St Pedro I (Chiloe, Chile) 85

Samarang H M S 14

San Blas (Bay, Patagonia) 66, 67, 73

San Carlos de Chiloe (Ancud) (Chile) 87

San Pedro I (Chiloe) 85

Sandwich Islanders 43–4

Santa Cruz R (Patagonia) 16 (map), 18, 21, 77, 80, 104 (map), 107

Santa Fé Bajada (Argentina) 16 (map), 43, 76–78, 88, 104 (map)

Santiago (Chile) 104 (map)

Santa Ines I (Chile) 17 (map)

Santa Maria I (Chile) 89

Scott H 24

Shackleton-Rowett Expedition 47

Sharp D 23, 24

Shropshire 5, 8

Shuckard W E 38, 99

Sierra de la Ventana (Argentina) 76

Simon's Bay (South Africa) 102

Smith Adam 37

South Africa 15, 22, 106, 108 see Cape of Good Hope

South America (country unspecified) 15, 16 (map), 17, 21, 24, 25, 110

Stanley (optician) 11

Staten Island 17 (map)

Stephens J F 7, 9, 10, 25

Stevens auction 82

Stokes J L 37

Straits of Le Maire (Tierra del Fuego) 17 (map)

Straits of Magellan (Chile/Tierra del Fuego) 17 (map), 18, 68, 104 (map)

Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) 15 (map), 18, 21, 29, 30, 39, 98–100, 108, 110

Tahiti (Society Is) 15 (map), 18, 96

Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land) 15 (map), 18, 30, 97–99

Terceira (Azores) 19

Thompson Sir Harry S M 5, 113

Tierra del Fuego 16 (map), 17 (map), 18, 20, 21, 67–70, 72, 78, 108–110

Traversias of Mendoza 89

Treadwell R 11

Tres Montes (Chile) 16 (map), 85, 86, 104 (map)

Valdivia (Chile) 16 (map), 18, 81, 87, 89, 104 (map)

Valparaiso (Chile) 13, 16 (map), 18, 20, 21, 81–3, 88–90, 104 (map), 109

Van Dieman's Land (=Tasmania) 15 (map), 21, 39, 97 see Tasmania

Villa Vicencia (Cordilleras of Mendoza) 89

Wales 5, 8; National Museum of 38

Walker, Francis 30–32, 85, 113

Waterhouse C O 39

Waterhouse F H 22

Waterhouse G R 20–22, 29, 31, 39, 41, 104, 107, 113

Way A 5, 113

Wellington (Mt, Tasmania) 21, 99

Westwood J O 5, 14, 20, 21, 32, 113

Whatman J 42, 104

White A 35

Wicken Fen 9, 10

Wigwam Cove (Hermit I, Tierra del Fuego) 69

Wollaston T V 107

Yuche I (Tres Montes, Chile) 86

Zoological Society of London 14

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Scientific Index

In addition to taxonomic names this index includes Darwin's preliminary identifications, local common names and pabulum, to facilitate reference to this work by scholars using Darwin's published and unpublished writings. Numbers in italics indicate illustrations. Scientific names are as recorded in the literature cited, but later generic and specific names are also indexed so that specialists can locate their groups under original or modern combinations.

Ablechrus darwinii 94, 107 flavipes 94, 107

Abropus splendidus 67, 68, 69, 79

Acacia 98

Acanthinus aequinoctalis 58 postmaculatus 74 striatopunctatus 47

Acanthoscelides objectus 63

Acari 11, 39, 40, 48, 53–4, 56, 86, 90–1, 102

Acarus vegetans 11

Aceratodes fulvicornis 61

Achrysocharis darwini 110

Achryson galapagoense darwini 107

Acizzia 98, 101

Acocephalus obliquus 96

Acribis serrativentris 91

Acrididae 59, 90, 99, 100

Acridium 59 literosum 94 maculiferum 59 melanocerum 94 sellatum 59

Acroceridae 101, 109

Acrotrichis 109

Acrydium 45, 59

Actina 99

Acupalpus flavicollis 10 luridus 10

Acylymma 94

Adalia deficiens 78, 81–2

Adelopsis darwini 74, 107 grouvellei 58

Adioristus 23 angustus 82 conspersus 82 punctulatus 82 simplex 82 subdenudatus 89

Aegorhinus 70, 83

Aetalionidae 87, 107

Agallia 94

Agarista darwiniensis 110

Agelanius 87

Agonini 82

Agonum 10, 60, 61, 65, 74, 76 darwini 107 nigrum 10

Agrilus darwinii 107

Agriomyia vagans 94

Agrion 57

Agromyzidae 33, 84, 91, 96, 99, 103

Agrotis intecta 77

Alastoropolus strumosus 70

Alata anticalis 45

Albatross 70

Allelidea ctenostomoides 93, 100

Alleloplasis darwinii 93, 101, 107

Amara (us) 60, 63 lucidae 10 plebeia 10

Ammophorus barringtoni 94 bifoveatus 94 galapagoensis 90 obscurus 91

Amorbus 98

Amphicerus cornutus galapaganus 91

Amphideritus 91

Amphisbaena 43

Amydona humeralis 79

Anaglyptus mysticus 10

Anaploderma darwini 108

Anasa obscura 90

Anaspella 77

Anaspis 12

Anastatus darwini 110

Anaulocomera darwinii 106

Anchastus 94 atlanticus 102

Anchonus galapagoensis 94

Anipo darwini 101, 107

Anisopodidae 79

Anisoptera 55

Anisopus fuscipennis 79

Anodochilus maculatus 51–2

Anomiopsis 62

Anotylus 109

Antarctia antiqua 74 blanda 69, 78 carnifex 74 chilensis 84 circumfusa 60, 84 euryptera 88 femorata 88 flavipes 84, 89 latigastrica 88 leucoscelis 66 malachitus 71 ovalipennis 84, 89 striata 73, 79

Antarctobius lacunosus 69, 85 laticauda 86 rugirostris 69

Antarctonomus complanatus 69, 71 peroni 69, 71, 85


Antarctophytosus 72

Anthicidae 47, 58, 73, 102

Anthicus atronitidus 102 wollastoni 102

Anthomyia corelia 59 cutilia 59 felsina 59 setia (=Ophyra aenescens) 91

Anthomyiidae 59, 85

Anthophora darwini 110

Anthophoridae 110

Anthrax primitiva 91 reperta 54

Anthrenus ocellifer 98

Anthribidae 91, 98, 102

Ants 48, 53, 60, 94, 101

Antyllis latipennis 100

Apanteles 91, 100, 103

Apate 91

Aperea (guinea pig) 43

Aphengium sordidum 49

Aphidius 103

Aphodii 102

Aphodius 57, 73, 76, 97, 102–3 granarius 103 Pseudolividus 103 pseudotasmaniae 97

Aphthona bevinsi 102 capensis 102

Apidae 57

Apisoma hesperum 50

Aplodes rubrofrontaria var darwiniata 110

Aptera 20

Apterodorcus bacchus 88

Arachnida 56 (collection), see Acari, mites, spiders, tick

Araeocerus lindensis 98

Archiborborus hirtipes 60

Archophileurus darwini 74, 108

Arctiidae 60, 95, 101, 110

Argutor 61, 76, 84

Argynnis darwini 79, 110

Argyrophorus williamsianus 79

Armadillo 43, 63

Arrow poison 87

Asaphes aenea 82 vulgaris 82

Asilidae 59, 98

Asilus mucius 59

Asopia vulgalis 45

Asteiidae 91

Astylus gayi 81, 82, 88 lineatus 49 quadrilineatus 65, 74, 76

Ataenius opatroides 74 picinus 55, 77 rubripes 62 tenebricosa 55 sp 48, 55

Atenihue tree 81

Ateuchus robustum 66, 77 squalidum 49

Atherigona tibiseta 99

Atheta darwini 108

Auchenia llama 78

Auchomenus atratus 10 nigrum 10

Aulonodera darwini 84, 108

Automolus humilis 99

Baclutha 96

Banana 58

Bananaquit 53

Baridinae 62, 74, 84, 103

Bari[y]pus clivinoides 66 longitarsis 64, 78 rivalis 61, 74 speciosus 61 stephensi 63 substriatus 89, see Cardiophthalmus

Barnacles 113

Bathypogon 29, 98

Bats 48

Bees 11, 46, 54, 57, 65, 78, 79, 99, 100

Bellerus anaitis 88

Belostomus 66

Belus testaceus 100

Bembidiini 49–51, 58

Bembidiomorphum convexum 69–71, 86

Bembidion 10, 60, 67, 80, 94 adustum 10 embei 60, 61, 65 semipunctatum 10 sp 76, 79

Bembidium 71

Bembidous insects 12

Benchuca 38, 89, 97

Beridinae 53

Berosus aberrans 25, 51 confinis 25, 51 reticulatus 25, 51 sticticus 25, 51

Bibionidae 55, 59

Bidessus 51

Birds 45, 46, 49, 53, 60, 70–72, 75, 79, 81, 82, 91

Blabera brasiliana 60 dubia 60

Black-currant bush 72

Blackflies 54

Black skimmer 60

Blaps 38, 50

Blatta 46, 48, 50, 60, 101

Blattodea 46, 50, 60

Blethisa 7 multipunctata 7, 28

Bombus hortorum 11 lucorum 11 pratorum 11

Bombyliidae 54, 91, 103

Bombylius 54

Booby 46

Borborus quinquemaculatus 60

Bostrichidae 91

Brachelytra 58

Brachinus 73, 76 crepitans 10 maculipes 73 nigripes 73 platensis 73

Brachycoelus 69


Brachynemorus darwini 107

Brachysternus castaneus 83

Braconidae 33, 91, 100, 103

Bradycellus promtus 98

Bruchidae 58, 103

Bruchus 63, 103

Brychius elevatus 7

Bubas bison 35

Buprestidae 9, 47, 90, 99, 107, 108

Buprestis 90

Buteo galapagoensis (Galapagos hawk) 90

Butterflies 49, 58, 59, 66, 73, 79, 110

Byrrhidae 70

Cacao 87

Caffrolix cyclopia 102

Calanotos (Calonota) helymus 59

Calandra oryzae 100

Calavances 58, 63

Callimicra darwini 47, 108

Callimome caburus 103 daonus 101 eumelis 82 nonacris 82 osinus 101 sulcius 103 vibidia 100

Calliphoridae 59, 84, 91, 103, 109

Callisphyris macropus 84, 95

Callyntra vicina 89

Calosoma darwini 66, 108 galapageium 94, 95 helenae 102 patagoniense 29, 66, 86

Campalita chlorostictum ssp helenae 102

Camponotus macilentus 94 planus 94

Campopleginae 103

Camptogramma corticaeta 77

Campylus linearis 9

Canaceidae 109

Cantharidae 85, 109

Cantharis darwiniana 109

Canthecona 99

Canthidium breve 65 trinodosum 49

Canthon 58

Cape petrel pigeon 59

Capsida 54, 60

Capsus darwini 94, 107 nigritulus 94 quadrinotatus 94, 95, 112 spoliatus 94

Capulus 71

Carabi 12

Carabidae 25, 46, 49–51, 55, 58, 60–73, 76–91, 94–6, 98, 102, 107–9

Carabus 67, 76 chiloensis 83, 87 darwini 83, 108 insularis 83 suturalis 67 valdiviae 71, 83, 89

Caracara (chimango) 90

Cardiocephalus triluminata 99

Cardiophthalmus see Bari[y]pus clivinoides 66; longitarsis 64, 78

Carenum darwiniense 108

Carollia perspicillatum 48

Carrion 12, 65, 79

Carthaea 99

Cascellius aeneo-niger 70, 84, 89 gravesii 86 kingii 86 nitidus 69

Caterpillars 53, 56

Catogenus decoratus 84

Catops falklandicus 79 sericeus 8

Cavia capybara 60 cobaia (=aperea) 43

Celina 51

Ceolioxys albolineata v. darwiniensis 110

Cephalelus brunneus 99 marginatus 101

Cephaloleia picta 58

Cephaloplatus darwini 107

Cerambycidae 47, 54, 61, 65, 84, 90, 95, 107–9

Cerambyx 54, 61, 77

Ceratina darwini 110

Ceratomegilla 18-pustulates 73

Ceratopogonidae 55, 84, 91, 103

Cercopidae 99

Ceroglossus 67, 83, 87, 89, 108

Cerostena punctulata 80

Certhia 43, 53

Cercyon 12

Chaerocampa chiron 77

Chalcididae 53, 88, 91, 98, 100, 101, 103

Chalcid [oidea] 32, 82, 84, 86–8, 90, 103

Chalcis cabira 91 phya 100

Chalcocopris hesperus 57

Chamaemyiidae 98

Chanopterus brevipennis (=paradoxus) 71

Cheese skipper 94

Chelonus 91

Chiasognathus grantii 20, 35, 81

Chionabas 79

Chironomidae 84, 98–9, 102–3, 109

Chironomus 98, 99, 102

Chlaenius braziliensis 74 holosericeus 10 nigricornis 10 platensis 74 tristis 10 violaceus 74 westwoodi 74

Chlamydopsis formicola var darwinensis 108

Chloropidae 33, 84, 87, 96, 98, 102

Chnoodes terminalis 48

Choleva agilis 8 angustata 8 falklandicus 79

Chordonota inermis 50

Chromatomyia distincta 59

Chrysomela 60


Chrysomelidae (incl Halticidae) 9, 28, 47, 58, 61, 63, 71, 73–4, 80, 84, 87, 90–1, 94, 95, 96, 98–100, 102, 103, 108–9

Chrysopa 101 darwini 107 innotata 101 ramburi 101

Chrysops varians 50

Chrysotus 91

Cicada 81, 86

Cicadellidae 87, 94, 99, 101–2, 107

Cicadidae 86, 99, 101, 107

Cicindela 5, 38, 50, 54–6, 77, 89, 96

Cicindelinae 50, 54, 56, 77

Cidaria opprestata 79

Cillenum[s] 60

Cimex 48, 50, 67, 70

Circus buffoni (=megaspilus) 75

Cirripedes 113

Cirrospilus buselus 94 nirreus 102

Cisseis puella 99

Cixiidae 96

Clambus australiae 100

Clavipalpes 63

Cleonymidae 91, 94

Cleridae 21, 95, 108

Clitellaria atrata 50

Clivina darwini 108

Closterocerus cercius 88 pelor 86 xenodice 87

Clusiidae 84

Clytus mysticus 10

Cnemacanthus 63, 109 striatus 63

Coccinella 60, 62 aucoralis 61 fulvipennis 82 leonina 96

Coccinellidae 47, 58, 61–2, 73–4, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 88, 91, 94, 96, 98–100, 108–9

Cochliomyia macellaria (secondary screw worm fly) 91, 103

Coelioxys albolineata var darwiniensis 110

Coelophora inequalis 99

Coelopidae 85

Coelostoma darwini 108

Coenobius spissus 99

Coenonica darwini 108

Coenonympha arcania ssp. darwiniana 110

Coenosia acuticornis 98, 99

Coereba flaveola 53

Coleoptera 36, 37, 38, 45–91, 93–103, 106–109

Coleoptera larvae, as food of armadillo 43

Colias croceus 66 edusa 66 lesbia 66

Collembola 43

Colydidae 84

Colymbetes 50, 59, 60, 61, 63, 67, 77, 81 adspersus 8 angusticollis 77 agilis 8 calidus 50 chiliensis 82 darwini 65, 108 elegans 50 exoletus 8 magellanicus 67 nigro-rematus 78 notatus 8 pulverosus 8 punctum 82 reticulatus 82 rotundicollis 70, 71 saulcyii 90 signatus 59 suturalis 82

Colymbites 77 see Colymbetes

Condor (Vultur gryphus) 82

Condylostylus 103

Copelatus galapagoensis 91 posticatus 50

Copris 76

Coprophagi 31

Coreidae 48, 90, 98

Corixa 46, 60, 61

Corixidae 24–5, 80, 99, 107

Cormodes darwinii 95, 108

Coronula 86

Corynura darwini 110

Corythaica 96 darwiniana 107

Cosmosatyrus leptoneurodes 79 plumbeola 79

Cows 81, 97

Creophilus erythrocephalus 97 villosus 91

Crepidodera bahiensis 47 chiloensis 84, 87

Cricotopus 103

Crioceridae 28

Crocisa caeruleifrons v. darwini 110

Croticaria australis 99

Cruria 110

Crypta bipunctata 9

Crypticus 45, 54 platensis 54, 61, 75

Cryptocephalus 89

Cryptophagidae 102

Cryptophagus gracilipes 102 typhae 9

Cryptostetha juanae 63

Ctenicerus cuprea[us] 9

Ctenispa darwini 47, 108

Ctenomys braziliensis 43

Ctenuchidae 59

Culicoides 55

Curculio 12, 57 (diamond), 60, 70, 78, 85, 100

Curculionidae 9, 47, 53, 57, 58, 60–1, 69–70, 72–4, 78–80, 82–8, 91, 93–6, 98–9, 100, 102–3

Cybister biungulatus (=Megadytes) 74

Cybocephalus 91

Cycloba truncatipennis 77

Cydmaea cara 99 diversa 100 pusilla 99

Cyllene spinifera 61


Cylydrorhinus angulatus 80

Cymindis 77

Cynthidia planodisca 66

Cyphon fenestratus 100

Cyphosternus 25

Cyttalia griseipila 96

Cyttaria darwinii 67

Dagbertus 94, 107

Daption capense 59

Darwinella 106

Darwinhydrus solidus 102, 106

Darwinivelia fosteri 106

Darwinomyia 106

Darwinysius 94, 106

Dascillidae 100

Dasybasis 77 clavicallosa 109 meridiana 87

Dasydema hirtella 84

Dasyhelia paracincta 91

Dasypus hybridus 43 minutus 43

Decatoma diphilus 103

Decilaus moluris 100

Deiopeia ornatrix 94, 95 pulchella 101

Delia platura 59

Delphacidae 87, 101, 107

Delphacodes 94, 96 chiloensis 87 darwini 87, 107

Delphax simulans 94, 96 substituta 94, 96 vicaria 94, 96

Demogorgon patagonicus 75

Denticollis linearis 9

Derallus rudis 25, 51

Derbidae 93, 101, 107

Dermaptera 56, 61, 75, 106

Dermestes 60 maculatus (=vulpinus) 61, 74, 94

Dermestidae 61, 74, 94, 98

Derostenus alcetas 88

Desiantha malevolens 99

Desmopachria nitida 51, 52

Diabrotica bilineata 58 contigua 58 limbata 94

Diamond beetles (Curculio) 57

Diastichus darwini 108

Diboloceles 25

Dicera 31

Dichaetomyia reversa 38

Dichromyia sanguiniceps 59

Dicranocephalus 94

Dictyopharidae 102, 107

Dicyclus arduine 90 lynastes 87

Didelphis 81

Dilophus thoracicus 59

Dineutes aereus 25, 46 subspinosus 25, 46

Dinocoris 98, 99

Diomus brasiliensis 47 effusus 58 genialis 47 notescens 99 pumilio 98, 99

Dione 38

Diopaea 101 see Deiopeia, Utetheisa

Diplatys darwini 106

Diplax frequens darwiniana 107

Diponthus 59

Diptera 12, 33, 34, 38, 46, 49, 50, 53–5, 57, 59, 60, 65, 72, 75, 77–80, 82, 84–91, 94, 96, 98–9, 101–3, 106, 109

Distogmoptera darwini 73, 74, 95, 108

Ditropidus inconspicuus 98, 99 jacobyi 100 lentulus 99 minutus 98 stratiopunctatus 99

Docema darwini 108 galapagoense 91

Docemina crassipes 71

Dolichopodidae 84, 91, 98, 99, 101, 103, 109

Dolichos 63

Donacia braccata 9 nigra 9

Dorcus bacchus 88 darwinii 70, 88, 108, 109; see Sclerognathus

Dorylinae 48

Dragonflies (Odonata) 38, 57, 67, 70, 85, 106–7

Dromius 82

Drosophilidae 103

Dryophilodes angustus 98 squalidus 98

Dung 12, 102, 103 bird's 47, 62 cow's 81, 97 guanaco 80 horse's 76, 80, 97 human 48, 83 kangaroo 97 ostrich[rhea] 62 sheep 80

Dynastidae[inae] 74, 89, 108

Dytiscidae 25, 46, 50, 52, 59, 63, 67, 70–1, 74–5, 77–8, 80, 82, 90–1, 100, 102, 106, 108

Dytiscus conformis 8 marginalis 8

Eciton 48

Ecpantheria indecisa 60

Ectemnostega darwini 107

Edessa 61

Elachestus artoeus 98 catta 103 gyes 84

Elachiptera lyrica 102

Elaphrus uliginosus 10, 28

Elasmostethus 99

Elater 48, 63, 85, 101 luteipennis 85

Elateridae 9, 21, 48, 63, 85, 94, 102

Elleschodes tenuistriatus 98

Elmis 12, 55, 83, 89 chiloensis 83


Empididae 85, 87, 88, 98, 99

Empolis leai 99

Encosmia ventralis 98

Encyrtidae 98, 100, 101, 103

Encyrtus arsenes 98 cheles 98 epytus 103 lucetius 98, 101odacon 98 pacorus 100 salacon 98 xuthus 98, 101 zameis 101 zebina 98

Endalus 51

Endomychidae 58

Enhydrus sulcatus 25, 56

Enochrus 67, 74, 76, 84, 108 affinis25 atomus 50 vulgaris 25, 74

Enoplurus 25

Entedon antander 103 bedius 82 cleodora 90 diocles 100 flacilla 82 hegelochus 103 hestia 98 thestius 103 ufens 86

Entimus imperialis 57 nobilis 57

Entomoderes erebi 21, 89

Entypus 54

Epamaebus ziczac 98

Epantius 71

Epeira (spider) 53

Ephydridae 84, 87–8, 91, 99, 103

Epipedonota affinis 89 honariensis 61, 63 ebenina 89 erythropus 89 lata 78 multicosta 89 rugosa 89

Epitrix darwini 73, 108 uruguayica 73 spp 58

Epuraea biguttata 8 darwinensis 108 limbata 8

Erebia 79

Erechthias darwini 47, 110

Ericydnus chryscus 101

Eriopis 16-pustulata (=connexa) 88 sp 80

Eristus blackburni 98

Erotylus 50

Ethadomorpha clauda 100

Ethra maledicta (=lateralis) 56

Etiella zinckenella 45

Euaresta 94

Eucalyptus 98

Eucharidae 32

Eucharis eribotes 98, 100 furcata 103 iello 92, 98 rapo 103 theocles 100 valgius 100 volusus 92, 101 xeniades 100 zalates 92, 100

Eucharitidae 93, 98, 100, 101, 103

Euchirus longimanus 35, 36

Euconnus 102

Eucranium dentifrons 62

Euderus mestor 101

Eudicella darwini 108 darwiniana 108

Eulophidae 84, 86, 94, 98, 100–103, 110–111

Eulophus ilea 98 laonome 84 megalarus 101 rhianus 82

Eumenidae 48, 56, 110

Eupelmidae 100, 101, 110

Eupelmus dodone 101 eurozonus 100

Euphaonia fulvohumeralis 79

Euplectrus bicolor 98

Eurymelidae 101, 107

Eurytoma aretheas 101 eleuthor 99 euclus 103 menon 103 olbus 100 pidytes 99, 101 philager 84 tellis 100 volux 99, 100

Euxesta 54

Evylaeus 110

Eynisacris extranea 59

Fagus antarcticus (Nothofagus) 67, 70

Falco 71

Falklandius turbificatus 72, 79

Falkocholeva cribellata 79

Feronia 46, 60 aerea 89 apicalis 74 assimilis 61 audouini76 bonellii 84, 86, 89 brullei 76 calathoides 90 chalcea 74 chaudoiri 82 chilensis 73, 84, 89 cordicollis 29, 61, 65, 74 corinthia 61, 74 dejeani 61 depressa 66 eydouxii 90


galapagoensis 94 guerinii 73 marginata 88, 89 meticulosa 89 nebroides 84, 88, 89 obsidianus 29 patagonica 61, 76 peruviana 90 rufipalpis 86 submetallica (=lucidus), 61, 76, 89 unistriata 90

Feroniola laticollis 61, 65, 74

Figites 32

Fireflies 51

Fish 14

Fitans 30

Flattidae 99

Fleas 43, 88 see Siphonaptera

Foenus darwinii 99, 110

Forficula 21, 56, 60, 61, 75

Formicidae 94 see ants

Fossils 14

Frigania 57

Frigate bird 49

Fucellia 85

Fulgoridae 94, 96

Fulgoroidea 99

Fulmarus glacialoides 75

Fungus 12, 57, 67, 68, 72, 83, 84

Galapagomyia 94

Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) 90

Galapagosana 94

Galapodacnum 108

Galeruca 60, 80

Gallingo paraquiae magellenica 72

Ganthidium ruficolle 48

Gasteruptiidae 99, 110

Gastrancistrus cephalon 88 menoetes 100 polles 88

Geobius pubescens 74

Geometridae 66, 77, 79, 110

Geotrupes 48, 53, 57, 72, 80 laevis 9 stercorarius 35 vernalis 9

Geraeus 103

Germarica lilliputana 99

Gerris 46

Gigantotheca 94

Glow worms 87 see Lampyridae

Glycaspis 98

Gnat 59

Gnathaphanus darwini 108

Gonatocerus darwini 110

Goniocanthon smaragdulus 53

Gonoleptes 72, 83

Grammicus chilensis 82

Graphiphora plectra

Graptostethus 99

Gryllus 101 migratorius 90

Guano 47

Guanaco 77–8, 80

Guinea pig 43

Gull 46

Gunpowder mites 43

Gyretes glabratus 25, 57

Gyrini 50, 56

Gyrinidae 24, 25, 46, 50, 56–7

Gyrinus 46, 57 ovatus 25, 50 parcus 25, 50

Habropus carnifex 67, 69, 79

Halictus (Evylaeus) darwiniellus 99, 110 eyrei darwiniensis 110 repertus 99

Haliplus elevatus 7

Halmaeusa 72, 109

Halobates darwini 107

Haltica 60, 71 acuminata 100 aenea 99 aeneo-nigra 100 bicolor 99 bivittata 100 crassicornis 99 galapagoensis (=Docema) 91 labialis 99 nitida 100 ochracea 100 ovata 100 picea 100 pygmaea 100 scutellata 99 subaenea 100 substriata 100 variegata 98

Halticidae 108, 110 see Chrysomelidae

Haplodelphax darwini 101, 107

Haptoncura darwinensis 108

Harmonia conformis 99

Harpales 60

Harpal[inae] (Carabidae) 61, 71, 82, 83

Harpalus 60, 65, 77 puncticollis 10 punctatulus 10 rubripes 10

Harrier, long winged 75

Hedylepta indicata 45

Helcomyzidae 85

Heleomyzidae 72

Helobata striata 25, 51

Helopeltis 25

Helops 49


Hemerobius 101

Hemiptera 20, 24–5, 29, 39, 47–8, 50, 54-5, 61, 66–7, 70, 72–3, 75, 80–2, 84, 86–7, 89–90, 93–4, 95–9, 101-2, 106–7

Henicocephalidae 82

Hephaestion macer 84 ocretus 84

Heterodiomus darwini 58, 108 tetraspilotus 73–4

Heterom[era] 60–2, 65–6, 71–2, 76, 78, 80, 85, 88, 89, 90


Heteronyx darwini 108

Heteroptera 94, 95, 96–9, 101–2

Hilarempis 98

Hippobosca nigra 46

Hippoboscidae 46, 49, 90

Hister 60, 83 quadristriatus 9

Histeridae 9, 57, 82, 83, 108

Hockeria dexius 101eracon 98 nyssa 100 proxenus 98, 100

Homalictus 110

Homalochilus niger 62

Homoeodera pygmaea 102

Homoptera 81, 84, 86–7, 94, 96, 98–9, 101–2

Hoplia 62

Horsefly 77

Horses 55, 75, 76, 80, 87, 97

Hugoscottia darwini 25, 74, 108

Humble-bees 11

Hybos 99

Hydaticis havaniensis 51 hybneri 8 seminiger 8

Hydnobius forticornis 84

Hydradephaga 21

Hydrellia 84, 99

Hydrobii 12

Hydrobius 46, 52, 67

Hydromedion elongatum 69, 71

Hydrophilidae 24, 25, 46, 50–2, 67, 73–4, 76, 84, 91, 98–9, 101–2, 108

Hydrophilus 52

Hydropori 12

Hydroporomorpha parallela 51, 52

Hydroporus 67 areolatus 7 darwinii 100, 108 lepidus 7 nitidus 51 obscurus 51 unidecemlineatus 67, 100

Hydrous ater 25, 52 palpalis 25, 73

Hygroti 12

Hygrotus 46, 60 scitulus (=Hydroporus lepidus) 7

Hymenophallus 56

Hymenoptera 20, 30, 46, 48, 53–4, 56–7, 65, 70, 73, 78–9, 82, 84–8, 90–4, 96, 98–9, 101–3, 110–111

Hypattalus abdominalis 98

Hypaulax amplidata var parryi 100

Hyperaspis arrowi var darwini 73, 108 festiva 48

Hyphi[y]drus maculatus 46

Hypocaccus rugiceps 9

Hypolimnas alimena darwinensis 110

Hypomedon 109

Hyptiogaster 99, 110

Ichneumonidae 103

Icosta nigra 90

Idiocephala darwini 98, 108 semibrunnea 98 tasmanica 98

Ilburnia 96

Inostemma quinda

Ionthodophrys 87

Ischnocera 71

Ischnodemus darwini 102, 107

Isomyia 109

Isoptera (termites) 47, 106

Isosoma oritias 101 ravola 99

Issoria lathonioides 79, 110

Issus rostrifer 94 varius 94, 96

Ixodes 20

Jassus lucidus 96 planus 94 striolarius 94

Kaapia darwini 102, 107

Kalotermes darwini 106

Kalotermitidae 106

Kangaroo 97

Kelp flies 85

Kleter 56

Labidura 99

Laius cinctus 99

Lama guanaco 77, 78, 80

Lamellicorn[ia] 61, 63, 66, 75, 83, 89

Lampronia calthella 35

Lamprotatus alcander 88 bato 99 bisaltes 87 caecina 82 ciron 99 damia 100 dioxippe 103 eleus 84 hecatoeus 99 mycon 100 naevolus 88 nages 84 natta 87 nelo 101 nicon 100 numitus 86 orobia 87 thera 99 tubero 88

Lampyridae 50–1, 53, 56–7, 59, 85, 87

Lampyris 51, 53, 55, 57, 59 occidentalis 51

Lampyrus see Lampyris

Lancetes nigriceps 70, 82 signatus 82 varius 78, 81, 82

Languridae 58, 84

Larentia esuriata 79


Lasiocampidae 79

Latridius [sic] 12

Lathridiidae 74, 82, 84, 88, 96, 99

Lauxaniidae 55, 84, 99, 103

Lebiinae 21

Leguminosae 63

Leia 102

Leiodes 12, 56

Leiodidae 107

Leionotus 75

Lelaps sadates 94

Lepidiota darwini 108

Lepidoptera 20, 37, 45, 47, 49, 58–9, 66, 72–3, 77, 79, 94, 95, 110

Leptocera 102 darwini 88, 109

Leptopiinae (Curculionidae) 58, 84

Leptosomus acuminatus 93, 99

Leskia darwini 102, 109

Lethrus cephalotes 35

Leucania extranea 59

Leuronectes gaudicaudi 82

Libellula 20, 55, 67, 70, 85

Libellulidae 107

Lice, see Phthiraptera 29, 82, 88

Licinus punctulatus 10 silphoides 10

Limnichidae 50

Limnobia reciproca 59

Limnogogus cereiventris ssp leptocerus 46

Limnoxenus 25, 101

Limosina 88

Limpet 71

Lissopterus quadrinotatus 79

Listroderes apicalis 61, 73 costirostris 73–4, 88 delaigei 73 katerensis 69 lacunosus 69, 85 quadrituberculatus 69 robustus 88 rugirostris 69

Listronyx testaceus 69

Litochrus sydneyensis 97

Lixus 57

Lama guanacoe 78, 80

Locust 45, 90

Longitarsus chiloensis 84 darwini 74, 109 lunatus 9

Lopha 51

Lophocomus anaitis 84

Lophotus eschscholtzi 83 longipes 70 nodipennis 86 vitulus var bulbifer 70

Loxostege 110

Lucanidae 70, 81, 88, 108–9

Lucanus 70

Lucilia eximia 103 see Phaenica

Lumetrus 25

Lycaenidae 110

Lycopo[er]dium 72

Lygaeidae 87, 94, 99, 101, 102, 106, 107

Lyrcus origo 82

Macaria subornata 66

Macrogyrus ellipticus 25, 50

Macronemuridae 107

Macronemurus darwini 107

Malachiidae 93, 100

Malacodermidae 98, 99

Malaeopsylla grossiventris 43

Mantis 48–9

Mantispidae 99

Mantodea 48, 49

Marcodava egenaria 79

Mastotermes darwiniensis 106

Mastotermitidae 106

Mecocephala acuminata 61

Medon darwini 109

Megacera parvula 47

Megachile darwiniana 110

Megachilidae 110

Megadytes 74

Megalomus darwini 107

Megalophrys patagonica 78

Megastigmus borus 99 drances 99 laminus 99

Megathopa violacea 62

Melampsalta 99

Melaphorus reichei 90

Melasomes 62

Meligethes 58 splendidulus 102 viridulus 102

Melipona 57

Melizoderes darwini 87, 107

Meloe 38, 61, 62, 65, 66, 87

Meloidae 61, 62, 66, 87

Melonthiinae 108

Melyridae 49, 65, 74, 76, 82, 88, 94, 107

Mercurialis 35

Merizodus maceyi 72

Meroncidius inornatus 75

Merostenus sadales 91, 92

Mesamia 96

Mesoveliidae 106

Metius 88 bonariensis 74 femoratus 84 flavipes 84, 88, 89 malachitus 71ovalipennis 84, 89

Micragyrtes ocelligerus 84

Microberosiris exilis 100

Microcleptes aranea 90

Micromelus silanus 99

Micropezidae 57, 84, 99

Micropterix 35

Migadops darwinii 70, 109 falklandicus 72 nigrocaeruleus 70 ovalis 68, 69 virescens (=laeta) 68, 69, 70

Milvago chimango 71


pexoporus 71

Mimacraea darwinia 110

Mimosa 91

Miridae 87, 94, 107

Miris lineata 94

Misophrice submetallica 98

Molops corinthia 61 rivalis 61

Moluris 22

Monanthia cytharina 96

Monolepta nigricornis 98 ordinaria 98 sordidula 99 subsuturalis 99

Monomachus falcator 99

Mordella 93

Mordellidae 98

Morphoides immaculatus 50

Morychastes australis 70

Mosquitoes 77

Moss 81

Moths 20, 35, 45, 47, 59, 60, 66, 72, 77, 79

Musca domestica 50 gamelia 59 lyrcea 59 phauda 91 pionia (=Phaenica) 91

Muscidae 38, 55, 59, 79, 84, 91, 98–9, 106

Mycetophilidae 84, 102–3

Mygalus 54

Mymaridae 110

Myolucilia 59

Myrmeleontidae 107

Mythimna unipuncta 59

Nargus anisotomoides 8 wilkini 8

Necrobia 60

Necrophorus interruptus 8 vestigator 8

Necterosoma 67, 100, 108

Nemoria 110

Neobrachypterus darwini 62, 109

Neohydrophilus politus 25, 51

Nephopullus darwini 74, 109

Nests, of ants 53, 60 of bees 65, 78 of Hymenoptera 53 of Isoptera (termites) 47

Neuroptera 99, 101, 107

Neurotrixa 59

Nezara (genus near) 98, 99, 101

Nialus 103

Nicrophorus 8

Nitela darwini 94, 110

Nitidula limbata 8 obsolete 8 punctatissima 8

Nitidulidae 8, 23, 56, 58, 62, 75, 91, 102, 108–9

Nocticanace darwini 109

Noctuidae 77, 110

Noctua (Agrotis) suffusa 77

Noloptes 60

Nomia darwinorum 110

Nomophila noctuella 45

Nordenskjoldella flavitarsis 69

Nostima 103

Notaphus 60, 65 galapagoensis (=Bembidion) 94

Nothofagus 70, 71

Notioxenus ferrugineus 102

Notiphila 84, 87, 99

Notonecta 72

Notophorina 87

Novius bellus 99 sanguinolentus 99

Nyctelia 62 angustata 81 brunnipes 81 darwinii 78, 109 erythropus 89 fitzroyi 78 granulata 78 guerini 80 newporti 78, 81 nodosa 63, 89 plicata 78 puncticollis 62 rugosa 66, 89 saundersii 62 solieri 78 stephensii 8 subsulcata 89 sulcicollis 80 westwoodi 78

Nycteribiidae 48

Nymphalidae 38, 110

Nysius marginalis (=Darwinysius) 94, 106

Ochropleura plecta 9

Ochthebius macrognathus 98

Ocys tempestivus 7

Odonata (dragonflies) 38, 55, 57, 67, 70, 85, 106, 107

Odontoscelis curtisii 78 darwinii 63, 64, 109 striatus 63 substriatus 89 tentyrioides 89

Oedomeridae 53

Oemona humilis 96

Ogcodes darwini 101, 109

Olanea 100

Olfersia 20 aenescens 46 spinifera 49

Oliarus oppositus 96

Omaloderus affine 88 intrepidus 88

Oniscus 47

Onthoph[agi] 77, 82

Onthophagus 35 auritus 97 darwini 109 fissiceps 109 fuliginosus 97 haematopus 49 mutatus 97 posticus 97


Onthophilus 82

Ontiscus darwini 99, 101, 107

Oopterus solidadenus 72

Oosomus hariolus 102

Ophelimus sabella 98 ursidus 98

Ophyra aenescens 91

Opiinae 103

Opius 91

Opossum 81

Orichora trivergata 100

Ormiscus variegatus 91

Ornidea obesa 103

Ornithomy[i]a 46, 49 intertropica 46, 90 nigra 46

Orthoptera (s.l.) 45, 56, 59, 75, 90, 99, 100, 106

Orthoraphia 99

Orthosia darwini 110

Oryctes galapagoensis 91 grypus 35 nasicornis 35

Oryctomorphus pictus 89

Orynipus darwini 84, 109

Otiorhynchus atroapterus 9 cuneiformis 91

Otitidae 54, 91

Oxelytrum erythrurum 61, 65

Oxycara cribratum 45

Oxycnemis 56

Oxysarcodia 103

Oxytelus alutaceifrons 102 darwini 109 darwinianus 109

Pachrodema flaveola 65

Pachylarthrus cleodoxa 90 sariaster 87

Pallodes 58

Palmon olenus 100

Palpibracus 106

Panagaeus bipustulatus 10 cruxmajor 10 4-pustulatus 10

Panstrongylus megistus 97

Pantinia darwini 107

Papilio feronia 58

Parachlus darwini 109

Paracleis darwini 109

Paractora 85 trichosterna 79

Paracymus armatus 25, 51 debilis 25, 51 lindi 99

Parahelops darwini 70, 71, 86, 89, 109 pubescens 69–71 quadricollis 72

Paralastor darwinianus 110

Paranacaena 24–5 horni (sp near) 99

Parapalaeosepsis plebeia 99

Passalus 53

Passandridae 84

Peaches 83

Pediculi(lice) 43, 75, 88

Pediculus 59

Pediobomyia darwini 110

Pedonoeces costatus 94 pubescens 90

Peewit 60

Pelecorhynchus darwini 87, 109

Pelogonidae 24, 25, 61, 86

Peloridiidae 107

Pelycops darwini 79, 109

Pentarthrum 88

Pentatoma 60

Pentatomidae 61, 98–9, 101, 107

Pepsis 54, 56

Peridromia feronia 58

Perilampus saleius 101

Perimylopidae 69, 71

Perizoma 77

Peryphus 60

Phaenica 91

Phalacrichus atomarius 50

Phalacridae 74–5, 91, 97, 109

Phalacrus corruscans 97 darwini 91, 109 picipennis 74, 75 striatodiscus 74

Phalangium 75

Phaleria 71

Phallus (fungus) 56, 80

Phanaeus 80

Philatis 94, 96

Philomachus cayanus 60

Philonthus 31 cliens 47

Philopteridae 71

Philothermus cribricollis 84

Phlebotominae 54

Phlyctaenodes darwinalis 110

Phoridae 84, 98, 99

Photuris fulvipes 51

Phryganea 57

Phthiraptera (lice) 29, 43, 46, 48, 53, 59, 60, 70–72, 75, 82, 85

Phthiropsylla agenoris 43

Phyllostoma grayi 48 perspicillatum 48

Physorhinus galapagoensis 94

Phytosus darwinii 72, 109

Pichi 43

Pied Plover 60

Pieridae 66, 110

Pieris 79 napi bryonia ssp darwiniana 110

Pinotus torulosa 81

Pintado 59

Piophila atrata (=casei) 94

Piophilidae 84, 94

Pipunculidae 88, 103

Pipunculus posticus 88

Plagithmysus darwinianus 109

Platesthes silphoides 78

Platygaster paches 87 sylea 88

Platynectes magellanicus 67


Platynocera murina 61

Platypalpus 88

Platyterma nephele 88

Platytomus 108

Plotopuserica darwiniana 109

Plums 83

Plusia detrusa 77

Plytocalla (tree) 65

Poecillus 60, 66, 73, 82

Polygenis 81

Polylobus darwini 84, 109

Polymerus 94

Polynema darwini 110

Pompilidae 54, 56

Pompilus 56

Prionus 90

Pristhesancus darwinensis 107

Procellara glacialoides (=Fulmarus) 75

Proctammodes (=Proctophanes) sculptus 97

Prosopantrum acquiseta 72

Prosthetops capensis 102

Psammoecus bipunctatus 9

Psectrascelis 80 pilipes 88

Pselaphi I2

Pselaphidae 85

Pselaphus 12, 85

Psephenidae 55, 109

Psephenus darwinii 55, 109

Pseudaletia 59

Pseudoleucopis ?fasciventris 98

Psilochaeta chalybea 59

Psychodidae 54

Psyllidae 84, 87, 98, 101

Pteromalidae 82, 86, 94, 96, 99, 101–3, 110

Pteromalus archia 90 baton 99 calenus 88 cosis 103 driopides 103 eneobulus 94 fabia 101 gryneus 82 ipsea 102 lelex 96 megareus 87 mydon 84 niphe 99 oceia 99 oenoe 88 oxynethes 86 protheus 84 rhaeo 84 rhoebus 88 thestor 99 toxeus 88 traulus 84 unca 99 vitula 88 vulso 84

Pterophorus 101

Pterostichinae 77

Pterostichus 60, 73, 74, 76, 81, 82, 94 blandus 88, 89 bonellii 86 chalybicolor 86, 89 chaudoiri 90 galapagoensis 94 inaequalis 10 longicollis 10 lucidus 76 macer 10 picimanus 10

Ptiliidae 57, 109

Ptinidae 98

Ptomophagus anisotomoides 8 medius 8 wilkinii 8

Pulex 43, 63, 81, 90 irritans 29, 88, 90

Pullus (see Scymnus) caseyi 58 hians 58 piceipennis 62, 76

Pulse (Leguminosae) 63

Puna snipe 72

Pyralidae 110

Pyrgotidae 59

Pyrophorus luminosus 48

Quedius 31 mesomelinus 47

Reduviidae 29, 89, 96, 97, 99, 107

Reduvius 97

Reepenia testacea 99

Reptiles 14

Rhadinosomus 99

Rhagionidae 84

Rhamphus acaciae 98 perpusillus 100 setistriatus 98

Rhantus aberratus 8 adspersus 8 bistratus 8 exoletus 8 frontalis 8 signatus 67, 82, 108 suturalis 8

Rhea americana 62

Rhinocorynura 110

Rhizobius alphabeticus 98 debilis 99 forestieri 99 occidentalis 100 pulcher 98 subhirtellus 100 ventralis 99

Rhopalomerus tenuirostris 87

Rhynchites 47

Rhyncophora 58

Rhynchops niger 60

Rhyparida commutabilis 98

Ricinus 53, 60, 70, 72, 81

Risius darwini 102, 107

Romilus zotale 87


Sand-dunes 88

Sand-fly 54, 57

Saperda 65

Saprosites aspericeps 49

Sarcodexia 103

Sarconesia chlorogaster 59

Sarcophaga 82 inoa 94 proerna 59 tessellata 59 violenta 94

Sarcophagidae 59, 81, 82, 94, 103

Satyridae 79, 110

Scaphidiidae 49, 98

Scaphisoma elongatum 49 instabile 98

Scaptia seminigra 54

Scarabaeidae 48, 49, 53, 55, 57, 58, 61–2, 65, 69, 72, 74, 76–7, 80–3, 88–9, 91, 97, 99, 102–3, 108–9

Scarabaeus 72

Scarodytes halensis 7

Scatella vulgata 88

Scathophaga stercoraria 102

Schistocerca gregaria 59

Sciaridae 84, 99, 103

Sciomyzidae 60, 84

Sclerognathus bacchus 109 femoralis 70, 88, 108

Sclerostomus darwini 109

Scolopax magellanicus 72

Scolytidae 109

Scolytogenes darwini 109

Scolytus 91

Scotobius akidoides 78 crispatus 63, 74 gayi 88 miliaris 65 muricatus 63, 74 ovalis 62 pilularius 65 rugosulus 88 tristis 74

Scraptidae 77

Screw worm fly (secondary) 91

Scydmaenidae 102

Scymnus 31, 58, 109 see also Nephopullus, Pullus elutus 99 flavifrons 100 flavolaterus 99 galapagoensis 91, 94 maestus 98 notescens 99 vagans 98

Scyomyza reversa 38

Seaweed 39, see Kelp

Seladerma athanis 100, 101 cernus 99 letus 99

Selenophorus galapagoensis 91 obscuricornis 91

Selitrichodes darwini 110

Semiotus dice 101 merula 99 theope 101

Sepsidae 99

Septaira 81

Serangium mysticum 99 obscuripes 99

Serica 82

Sericodes Reichii 69

Sericoides glacialis 69

Sigara australis 99

Silpha 60

Silphidae 8, 61, 65, 84

Silvaniidae 9

Simulium 57 pertinax 54

Siphonaptera 29, 43, 63, 81, 88, 90

Sitophilus linearis 47

Smiera pielus 53 punctata 103 subpunctata 103 teleute 98

Snipe, puna 72

Solanophila rufoventris 48

Somillus 84

Soronia punctatissima 8

Spalangia endius 94 nigra 94

Sphaeroceridae 60, 84, 88, 102, 103

Sphecidae 53, 56, 94, 103, 110, 111

Sphex darwinensis 111

Sphingidae 77

Sphingolabis perplexa 56

Sphodrus 72, 79

Spiders 48, 53, 54, 56, 72, 83

Spilochalcis 53

Spodyliaspidae 98

Springtails 43

Stable fly 55

Stagira darwini 101, 107

Staphylini 12

Staphylinidae 62, 69, 72, 80, 84, 85, 91, 97, 102, 108–9

Staphylinus 20, 31, 47, 62, 91, 97

Stelidota 58

Stenocephalus insularis 94

Stenoconchyoptera darwini 102, 107

Stenolophus mixtus 10 teutonus 10 vespertinus 10

Stenopteryx hybridalis 45

Stenotarsus areolus 58

Sternolophus solieri 24–5, 46

Stictospilus darwini 84, 109

Stigmus neotropicus 103

Stomion galapagoensis 90 helopoides 91, 94 laevigatus 91, 94

Stomoxys calcitrans 55

Stones 82, 83

Storeus brachyderes 98 metasternalis 98 variabilis 100

Stratiomyidae 50, 84, 99, 103

Stream 83

Streblidae 48

Strepsiptera 55

Strichosa eborata 84

Strina aurichalcea 22


Strongyloneura darwini 109

Strongylus 56

Stuardosatyrus 79

Stylopoidea 55

Stylops 55

Stypommia 87

Sugar 87

Sula 49

Symbothinus squalidus 98

Sympetrum 107

Sympycnum 84

Syphrea bahiensis 58, 103

Syrphidae 91, 96, 103, 109

Systolosoma brevis 21

Tabanidae 50, 54, 75, 77, 87, 109

Tabanus 77 anachoreta (=Dasybasis sg Agelanius meridiana) 87 darwinensis 109 dorsiger 75


Tachyina 49–51, 58

Tachys 50

Taeniaptera lasciva 99

Tamarind 47

Tanytarsus 59

Tatochila gymnodice 79 theodice 79

Tatusia 43

Tautocerastes patagonicus 21

Tea-plant 79

Telephoridae (=Cantharidae) 85

Telephorus darwinianus 109

Telmatophilus typhae 9

Telmetias 72

Telurus 86

Tenebrionidae 22, 28, 45, 49, 50, 54, 61–2, 66, 69–72, 74–5, 78, 80–2, 86, 88–91, 94, 100, 106, 109

Tephritidae 79, 84, 94, 103

Termites (Isoptera) 47

Tero-tero 60

Tetanocera angulifera 60

Tetraphlebia ?plumbeola 79

Tetrastichus archideus 103 arses 98 athenais 103 autonae 98 cacus 103 cleonica 103 daimachus 103 darwini 111 deilochus 103 dymas 98 fannius 98 februs 103 glycon 98 hippasus 98 lelaps 101 narcaeus 88 naucles 88 neis 98 norax 88 polybaea 82 proto 98 scadius 82 valens 98 valerus 103 xenares 98 xenocles 84 zaleucus 98

Tettigoniidae 75, 100, 106

Thechia brevirostris 100 longirostris 100 pygmaea 98

Therevidae 103

Thoracantha furcata 92, 103 latreilli 93, 103

Thrips (Thysanoptera) 30

Thynnidae 94, 111

Thynnus darwinensis 111

Thysanoptera (thrips) 30

Ticks 47

Tiger beetles 50 see Cicendelidae

Tineidae 47, 110

Tingidae 96, 107

Tipulidae 59, 84, 89

Torcus nitidulus 74

Tortoise 91

Torymidae 99–101, 103

Torymus phormio 82

Totipalmes 49

Trabala 79

Trachys pygmaea 9 troglodytes 9

Tramea darwini 107

Trechisibus 69, 71, 72 australis ssp patagonicus 80 darwini 109 femoralis 89 politus 89

Trechus 46, 60 antarcticus (=Trechisibus) 69, 72 hornensis 69, 71 quadristriatus 7

Triatoma infestans 48, 89, 96, 97

Trichillum heydeni 48

Trichiolopha braziliensis 50

Trichogrammatidae 110

Trichoptera 57

Trichopterygidae 109

Trichopteryx darwini 57, 109

Tricoptera 57

Trigona 57

Trigonotylus 94

Trimicra pilipes 59

Tringa 60

Tropiduchidae 102, 107

Tropisternus collaris 25, 51 laevis (=nitens) 25, 51 lateralis 25, 51, 91 nitens 25 nitidulus 25, 51 setiger 25, 51

Trox brevicollis 61 bullatus 89 pilularius 61

Truncatipennis 77

Trypanosoma cruzi 97


Trypanosomiasis (American) 96

Trypanea nigriseta 79

Trypeta aesia 94

Trypoxylon 56

Tucutucu 43

Tychius minutissimus 98

Utetheisa ornatrix 94, 95 pulchelloides ssp darwini 101, 110

Valdivia darwini 89, 109

Valdiviomyia 89, 109

Vanellus cayanus 60

Vespertilio 48

Vilga westwoodi 48

Villa 91

Viridinsula 91

Vultur gryphus (condor) 82

Water beetles 101

Whale 86

Xanthaciura ?insecta 103

Xenos 55

Xenopsepsis sydneyensis 99

Xylocopa 20 darwini 111

Xylocopidae 110, 111

Xylotoles lentus 96

Xynotropis micans 98

Ypsipetes impromissata 77

Zabrotes subfasciatus 58

Zeta 56

Zophosis nodosa 89

Zygaena 5

Zygoptera (Odonata) 57

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