Metophthalmus Asperatus

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.’

155. Metophthalmus asperatus, Woll. (Tab. IV. fig. 4.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘Apparently extremely rare ; the only specimen which I have seen having been captured by myself in the north of Madeira, by brushing the long and rank grass at the Lombo dos Pecegueiros, near the edges of the precipitous cliff-road between Sao Vincente and Seisal,—at a short distance from the eastern limit of the Ribeiro de Joao Delgada,—on the 22nd of July, 1850.’

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour on card
Common Name
Metophthalmus Asperatus
Simple Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town

Production Person Initials
John Obadiah
Production Person Surname
Production Year Low
Production Year High

View Full Details

Metophthalmus Asperatus Woll