RECORD: [Darwin, C. R.] 1859. Coleoptera at Down. Entomologist's weekly Intelligencer (25 June) 6: 99.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2005. RN3

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Coleoptera at Down.—We three very young collectors have lately taken, in the parish of Down, six miles from Bromley, Kent, the following beetles, which we believe to be rare, namely, Licinus silphoides, Panagus 4-pustulatus and Clytus mysticus.1 As this parish is only fifteen miles from London, we have thought that you might think it worth while to insert this little notice in the 'Intelligencer.'— FRANCIS, LEONARD & HORACE DARWIN.2

1 Current names: Licinus silphoides (Coleoptera, Carabidae), Exochomus quadripustulatus (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae), Anaglyptus mysticus (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).

2 Signed by Francis, Leonard and Horace Darwin who were 10, 8 and 7 years of age. Francis Darwin recalled in LL 2: 140.

About this time my father revived his old knowledge of beetles in helping his boys in their collecting. He sent a short notice to the 'Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer,' June 25th, 1859, ... signed by three of his boys, but was clearly not written by them. I have a vivid recollection of the pleasure of turning out my bottle of dead beetles for my father to name, and the excitement, in which he fully shared, when any of them proved to be uncommon ones.

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