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A HISTORY OF SURREY ford, Buckland, Box Hill and Reigate, and also on the greensand between Redstone Hill and Nutfield. S. cynipiformis, Esp., is sparingly distributed and has been recorded by Mr. Webb from Redstone and Nutfield. Mr. Kaye also includes it in his list of Surrey species. S. tipuliformis, Clerck, is generally distributed in old gardens, and is recorded by nearly all my correspondents from every district. S. bembeciformis, Hb., is generally dis- tributed, but is more often found in the larval state. It is recorded from Godstone, Redhill, Haslemere and elsewhere. S. apiformis, Clerck, also occurs in the county and is included by Major Ficklin in his list of species taken in the Kingston district. The Leopard (Zeuzera ascu/i, L.) is generally distributed, especially in the metropolitan district. Mr. Webb says it is much more frequently seen in its larval condition and is more polyphagous than is generally supposed. The Goat (Cossus ligniperda, Fb.) is generally distributed, but is not often observed in the perfect state. The larvs are most destructive to willows and oaks, and also sometimes attack elm, ash and poplar trees. The Golden Swift (Hepialus hectus^ L.) is locally abundant in many woods. It has been recorded from Redhill, Nutfield, Betchworth and other parts of the county. The Common Swift (H. lupulinus, L.) is abundant everywhere in fields and meadows. H. syfoinus, L., is not uncommon throughout the county, including the Haslemere district, and comes freely to * light.' The Northern Swift (H. iielleda, Hb.) occurs near Redhill, Reigate, Haslemere and in many other parts of the county. Its English name, the ' Northern Swift,' seems inappropriate. The Ghost (H. Aumu/i, L.) is a common insect throughout the county, especially in damp meadows and waste ground. Nola cucullatella^ L., is generally distributed and is nowhere uncommon. N. crisfu/a/is, Dap., is more local than the last species, but is recorded from Croham Hurst, Croydon, Betch- worth, Reigate, Dorking, Guildford, Redhill, Nutfield and Haslemere. N. strigu/a, SchifF., is a local species and generally rare. It has been recorded from Redstone Wood, Reigate Hill, Gomshall and Haslemere. Nudaria senex, Hb., is recorded by Mr. Webb from swamps near Redhill Station and also from Nutfield, where it was formerly abundant. N. mundana, L., is reported from Reigate Hill, and Mr. Barrett includes it in his list of Haslemere species. Setina irrore/fa, Clerck, occurs at Box Hill and Reigate Hill. I have found it plentifully in some of the valleys to the north and east of Box Hill. Calligenia miniata, Forst., is recorded by Mr. Barrett from Haslemere, by Mr. Kaye from Box Hill and by Mr. T. H. Briggs from Crohamhurst. I have not myself taken it in the county, though it is abundant in many parts of the adjoining counties of Hampshire and Sussex. Lithosia mesomella, L., occurs more or less commonly on heaths and in woods about Gomshall, Leith Hill and the back of Box Hill. L. aureola, Hb., is found sparingly at Box Hill and Reigate Hill. L. Mveo/a, Hb., occurs at Box Hill and on the fir trees in Sir Lucas Pepys' wood by the side of Headley Lane. L. complanula, Bdv., and L. complana, L., are distributed throughout the county but occur chiefly upon the chalk. L. griseola, Hb., occurs in damp 118