Melyrosoma Oceanicum

Thomas Vernon Wollaston published this drawing in his book ‘Insecta Maderensia’ in 1854. In the book he thanks Westwood for providing the illustrations, ‘Particularly, however, would I draw attention to the valuable help which I have received from J. O. Westwood, Esq., whose pencil has been so elaborately employed in the figures which I am thus enabled to attach, and by whom many of the minutest of the dissections were accomplished, — with a degree of delicacy, moreover, to which I did not myself at the commencement of this Work (though I have since succeeded in anatomizing the larger portion of them, likewise) lay claim.’

194. Melyrosoma oceanicum, Woll. (Tab. V. fig. l.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘It is, apparently, peculiar to the mountains ; and, so far as I have hitherto observed, to Madeira proper, — where it occurs, throughout the summer months, in flowers, from an altitude of about 3000 feet to the summits of the loftiest peaks. I first detected it, August 2nd, 1850, on the ascent of the Pico Ruivo from the Curral das Freiras, where it was extremely abundant,—especially on a precipitous projecting buttress, known as the Lombo das Portaes’.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour on card
Common Name
Melyrosoma Oceanicum
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Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Production Person Initials
John Obadiah
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Melyrosoma Oceanicum Woll