Liparthurum Bituberculatum

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.’

224. Leiparthrum bituberculatum, Woll. (Tab. VI. fig. .3.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘It is not an uncommon insect within the sylvan districts of Madeira, between the limits of about 2000 and 4000 feet above the sea,—the typical specimens occupying the upper, and the var. β. the lower portion of this range. Thus, the mountain state (which I have assumed to be normal, and which is somewhat darker and larger than the other is apparently confined to the moist and shady districts of rather lofty altitudes. [...] the only spot in which I have hitherto detected it being the chestnut woods of Santa Anna, where I took it in great profusion (by brushing the long grass in the vineyard of Senhor Louiz Acciaioly) during May and June of 1850.’

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watercolour on paper
Common Name
Liparthurum Bituberculatum
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Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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John Obadiah
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Liparthurum Bituberculatum Woll