Auletes Maderensis

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.’

320. Auletes Maderensis, Woll. (Tab. Vlll. fig. 7.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘Apparently a most variable insect,—out of the four examples which have hitherto come beneath my notice not two being alike, either in stature or colour. It would seem to be excessively rare, though found both in the north and south of the island. I first discovered it in October 1847 on the foliage of a species of Sallow at the Curral das Romeiras, above Funchal; and in June of 1850 it again occurred to me, in the vineyard of Senhor Louiz Acciaioly at Santa Anna.’

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watercolour on paper
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Auletes Maderensis
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Victorian (1837-1901)
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John Obadiah
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