Arthrolips piceum

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.’

365. Arthrolips piceum. (Tab. X. fig. 6.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘In Madeira proper it would seem to be rare, the only specimen which I have seen having been captured by Professor Heer of Zuirich, in February of 1851, at the Praya Formoza near Funchal. On the Dezerta Grande however it abounds,—where, at the end of May 1850, I took it in considerable numbers, on the outer canvass of my tent (running rapidly in the hot sunshine), in company with the Europs impressicollis, and other species which have been already noticed. It is recorded by M. Lucas in Algeria.’

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watercolour on paper
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Arthrolips piceum
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Victorian (1837-1901)
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John Obadiah
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