Cis Wollastonii

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.’

214. Cis Wollastonii. (Tab. V. fig. 8.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘A very interesting and most elegant Cis [...] It is widely distributed over the sylvan districts of Madeira, between the limits of from 3000 to about 4500 feet above the sea ; but does not appear to be very abundant,—although, from its gregarious nature, here and there tolerably common. It is usually to be met with beneath the loosely attached bark of felled timber or of decaying trees. I have captured it, during the spring, in the region of the Ribeiro Frio ; and, in the summer, at the Cruzinhas, the Lombo dos Pecegueiros, and the Fanal.’

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watercolour on paper
Common Name
Cis Wollastonii
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Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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John Obadiah
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