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AN ELEMENTARY

MANUAL

OF

NEW ZEALAND ENTOMOLOGY.

BEING

An Introduction to the Study

OF

OUR NATIVE INSECTS.

WITH 21 COLOURED PLATES.

BY

G. V. HUDSON, F.E.S.,

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND.

London:

West, Newman, & Co., 54, Hatton Garden.

1892.



To

The Right Hon. LORD WALSINGHAM,

M.A., F.R.S., F.L.S., F.Z.S.,

LATE PRESIDENT OF THE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON,

THIS LITTLE BOOK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

BY THE AUTHOR.



CONTENTS.


CHAPTER I.
PAGE
General Observations 1
CHAPTER II.
Collecting Insects 9
CHAPTER III.
The Coleoptera 19
CHAPTER IV.
The Hymenoptera 33
CHAPTER V.
The Diptera 40
CHAPTER VI.
The Lepidoptera 65
CHAPTER VII.
The Neuroptera 99
CHAPTER VIII.
The Orthoptera 103
CHAPTER IX.
The Hemiptera 118
General Index 123


PREFACE.


The object of the present volume is to give a brief account of the Natural History of the insects inhabiting New Zealand in a form intelligible to the ordinary reader. For this reason every effort has been made to avoid all unnecessary technicalities, and to adapt the book as far as possible to the requirements of youthful entomologists and collectors.

Several very elaborate systematic lists and descriptions have been published from time to time of the insects of New Zealand, amongst which may be specially mentioned—Captain Broun's "Manual of New Zealand Coleoptera," the illustrated "Catalogue of New Zealand Butterflies," edited by Mr. Enys, and Mr. Meyrick's "Monographs" of various groups of the Lepidoptera; but as yet no attempt has been made to present the subject in a suitable form for beginners.

It is hoped that this book will, to some extent, fill up the blank, and help to render what is now one of the most popular natural sciences in Europe, equally appreciated in New Zealand.

The author is much indebted to Captain Broun, Mr. R. W. Fereday, Mr. E. Meyrick, and others, for assistance in identifying the various species mentioned in this work.

Wellington, New Zealand, 1891.


EXPLANATION OF PLATES.


Note.—In all the Plates and references thereto the signindicates that the specimen figured belongs to the male sex,to the female sex, andto the neuter sex.

In the case of enlarged figures the insect's natural size is indicated by a line.



This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.