Scoliocerus Maderae

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.’

300. Scoliocerus Maderae, Woll. (Tab. VIII. fig. 2.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘It is not very uncommon on the grassy slopes of Madeira at rather low elevations. On the high cliffs to the eastward of Funchal, below the Palheiro, I have observed it more abundantly than elsewhere, especially during the autumnal months ; and, as already stated, I think it far from unlikely that it may be an attendant upon Ants' nests ; and should such be the case, it would, in all probability, be found in greater numbers were its proper localities more rigidly investigated.’

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Accession Loan No.
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watercolour on paper
Common Name
Scoliocerus Maderae
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Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Production Person Initials
John Obadiah
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Scoliocerus Maderae Woll