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INSECTS and elsewhere in the metropolitan district. The Death's Head Hawk Moth (Acherontia atropos, L.) is not uncommon throughout the county, especially in the larval state. It is more frequently met with in the chalk districts than on the clay or sands. The Convolvulus Hawk Moth (Sphinx cotrvo/vu/i, L.) is not uncommon in some years. Mr. Sydney Webb records it from Redhill, Mr. Briggs from Leatherhead, Mr. Barrett from Haslemere, and Mr. J. G. Hewat and I have taken it at Surbiton. I have received it from Molesey, and Major Ficklin and Mr. Kaye include it in their lists of Surrey species. The Privet Hawk Moth (S. /igustri, L.) is generally distributed throughout the county and is common in most places, especially in the larval state, more frequently on lilac than on privet. The Bedstraw Hawk Moth (Deilephila 1 ga/ii, SchifF.) is a rare species, but has been occasionally found about Box Hill and elsewhere on the chalk range. The Small Elephant (Chcerocampa porcellus^ L.) is common all along the chalk range, and may be found at dusk hovering over the flowers of viper's bugloss (Echium vu/gare). It is generally confined to the chalk district, but Mr. Briggs has taken it on yellow bedstraw (Galium verum) on Wimbledon Common, and Mr. J. G. Hewat has taken it on Tolworth Common, Surbiton. The larva? are common in many places, especially in the Sheep Leas, West Horsley, on Galium verum. The Large Elephant (C. elpenor^ L.) is common in many parts of the county. Mr. Webb says it often occurs in gardens at honeysuckle and other flowers, about Redhill, Reigate and Dorking. Mr. Barrett and Major Ficklin include it in their lists, and I have bred large numbers of specimens from larvae collected by myself on the banks of the Weybridge Canal about Byfleet, feeding on yellow balsam (Impatiens fuha). The Humming-bird Hawk Moth (Macro- glossa stet/afarum, L.) is generally distributed and in some seasons is common throughout the county, but especially in the chalk districts. The Broad-bordered Bee Hawk (Sesia fuctformts, L.) is reported by Mr. Barrett from Haslemere, and by Mr. Webb from Reigate Hill. I have found it about the Sheep Leas, West Horsley, flying over the common bugle (Ajuga reptans), and more plentifully on Shiere Common at the flowers of rhododendrons. Major Ficklin says it is abundant some years on rhododendron flowers at St. George's Hill, Weybridge. The Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk (S. bombyiformis, L.) occurred on Wimbledon Common about forty years ago according to Mr. T. H. Briggs, and has also been reported from Haslemere and Leith Hill. I have never seen it in the county. S. myopiformis, Bork., is generally distributed in orchards. S. cu/iciformis, L., has been recorded by Mr. Webb from Redstone Wood, Nutfield, and elsewhere in the county. S. ichneumoniformis? Fb., occurs throughout the chalk district at Guild- 1 Deilephila lineata, Esp., and Ckctrocampa celerio, L., have been reported from the Reigate district, but neither I or Mr. Sydney Webb know of any recent captures. H. G.

  • Sesia spkegformis, Fb. This species probably occurs in Surrey. It has been taken commonly in

Tilgate Forest, Sussex, just outside the southern border of the county. H. G.