A HISTORY OF SURREY Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common. I have never seen it so plentiful on the Surrey heaths as it is in the New Forest. Fidonia ytomaria, L., is abundant everywhere on heaths, and F. piniaria, L., is common in fir woods especially at Esher and Oxshott. Mr. Webb says the white variety, or northern form, occurs not uncommonly at Abinger and Shiere. Minoa eupborbiata, Fb., is generally distributed in woods and is sometimes common amongst spurge. Mr. Briggs records it from Crohamhurst and Wimbledon Common. Mr. Barrett informs me that forty years ago he captured a specimen of Sterrba sacraria, L., at Dulwich. Aspilates strigillaria, Hb., is plentiful on all the heaths of the county and A. gilvaria is common on the chalk downs. Abraxas grossu/ariata, L., is of course everywhere common, especially in gardens, and the local A. u/mata, Fb., has been recorded from Abinger by Mr. Webb, from Horsley by Mr. Hewat, 1 and from Addington by Mr. Briggs. Ligdia adustata, SchirF., is not very common, but has been taken at Haslemere, Reigate, Leatherhead and Wimbledon. Lomaspilis marginata, L., is generally distributed throughout the county. Pachycnemia bippocastanaria, Hb., is common on heaths, Mr. Webb records it from Abinger, Mr. Briggs from the Addington Hills and Wisley, and I have found it commonly about Oxshott and Esher. Hybernia rupicapraria, Hb., H. progemmaria, Hb., and H. defoliaria y Clerck., are generally distributed and often abundant. H. leucopbearia, SchirF., is according to Mr. Webb scarce in the chalk district but common to the north of the Downs, especially on the clay. It is common in Richmond Park and about Surbiton, Ashtead, Claygate, Bookham, Leatherhead and elsewhere. H. aurantiaria, Esp., is generally distributed but not so common as other species in the genus. Anisopteryx ascularia, SchirF. , is generally distributed and common in many places. Cheimatobia brumata, L., is common everywhere and generally abundant, but its congener Oporabia boreata, Hb., appears to be very scarce in Surrey. Mr. Webb however records it from Shirley. O. dilutata, Bork., is generally common everywhere in the county. Larentia didymata, L. and L. pectinitaria, Fuess., are generally distributed and often abundant. L. multistrigaria, Haw., is more local, but it is reported by Mr. Barrett from Haslemere, by Mr. Webb from Buckland, Reigate and Redhill, and by Mr. Briggs from Richmond. It is common about Claygate, Surbiton and many other places. Emmeksia affinitata^ St., and E. alchemillata, L., are recorded from Haslemere, Reigate, Gomshall, Redhill and Wimbledon Common. E. albulata, SchifF., is frequently abundant, especially in pasture fields where the yellow rattle (Rbinanthus crista-galli) is plentiful. It is generally very common in certain meadows by the side of a footpath leading from Long Ditton to Claygate. Mr. Barrett records it from Haslemere and Mr. Briggs from Leatherhead. E. deco/orata, Hb., is much scarcer than the last, but Mr. Webb says it occurs in Redstone Wood and most damp situations, and Mr. Barrett has taken it at Haslemere. The local E. unifasciata, Haw., occurs near 1 One specimen is reported by Mr. Hewat as having been taken in his garden at Surbiton. H. G. 124
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