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A HISTORY OF SURREY The Grizzled Skipper (Syrichtbus a/veo/us, Hb.) is generally distributed and common in some of the woods of the county. It is however rare in the metropolitan district. Mr. Sydney Webb informs me that the variety fritillum of this species occurred commonly in 1869 at Tilburstow Hill near Godstone and that they, with intermediates, were that year in the proportion of about five to twelve of the type. The Dingy Skipper (Tbanaos tages, L.) is generally distributed throughout the county and is common in the chalk district, and in some seasons it is abundant on the 'slopes of the North Downs, especially about Box Hill and the valleys to the east of it. The Small Skipper (Hesperia linea, Fb.) and the Large Skipper (H. sy/vanus, Esp.) are generally distributed. The Silver-spotted Skipper (H. comma, L.) is very local, but occurs commonly in many places about the chalk hills from Croydon to Betchworth and Box Hill and thence westwards. It is plentiful in the Sheep Leas near West Horsley, but I have never seen it so abundant in Surrey as it is in many Sussex localities. HETEROCERA Moths NOCTURNI The Forester (Procris statices, L.) has been recorded by Mr. Sydney Webb as occurring in damp meadows at the foot of Leith Hill, and one or two specimens have been taken on Reigate Hill. I have only found it in one meadow near Telegraph Hill, Claygate. Mr. Barrett reports it from Haslemere, but it seems very local in the county. The Five-spotted Burnet (Zygaena trifolii? Esp.) occurs in damp meadows at the foot of Leith Hill ; also, according to Mr. Webb, in one corner of Reigate Heath. Mr. T. H. Briggs says it formerly occurred on Wimbledon Common. It is mentioned by Mr. Barrett in his list of Haslemere insects, and Major Ficklin and Mr. Kaye include it amongst their Surrey species. The Six-spotted Burnet (Z. filipendulce^ L.) is generally common along the chalk range about Guildford, Horsley, Gomshall, Box Hill, Dorking, Reigate Hill and eastwards. It is also common at Leith Hill and many other parts of the county. The Eyed Hawk Moth (Smerinthus oce//atus, L.) is common throughout the county and is mentioned by Mr. Sydney Webb as occurring near Redhill, by Mr. T. H. Briggs as being not uncommon at Leatherhead. Mr. Barrett records it from Haslemere, it is included by Messrs. J. G. Hewat and W. J. Kaye in their lists for Surbiton and Worcester Park respectively, and I have taken the larvae on willow by the Thames side near Kingston. The Poplar Hawk Moth (S. populi, L.) is very widely distributed and much com- moner than the preceding. The Lime Hawk Moth (S. tilia, L.) is also a widely distributed species amongst limes and elms. It is very common about Surbiton, Worcester Park, Leatherhead, Wimbledon 1 Major Ficklin and Mr. Kaye also include Zyg<ena Imlcerif, Esp., in their Surrey lists, but give no localities. I have found the last-named species plentifully in certain localities in Kent, but I never saw it in Surrey. H. G. 116