Thorictus Westwoodii

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.’

172. Thorictus Westwoodii, Woll. (Tab). IV. fig. 6.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘Apparently one of the rarest of the Madeiran Coleoptera, the only two specimens which have come under my notice having been captured by myself near Funchal, —one from beneath a stone (in company with Cossypliodes Wollastonii) on the rocky ledge above the Praya Pormoza, May 8th, 1818 ; and the other, in a similar position, on the cliff to the eastward of the town, immediately beyond the Ribeiro de Sao Goncalo, in January 1819.’

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour on paper
Common Name
Thorictus Westwoodii
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Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Production Person Initials
John Obadiah
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Thorictus Westwoodii Woll