INSECTS Loderus palmatus Pachyprotasis rapae vestigralis Macrophya ribis Rhogogastera ( = part of Tenthredo, Cam.) punctum album, Lin. viridis, Lin. annulata ( = neglecta) punctulata, Klug. Allantus temulus ( = T. bicincta, Cam.) fulvipes ( = lateralis, Fab.) scrophulariae, Lin. aucupariae ( = gibbosa, Fall.) vespa (= tricinctus, F.) Tenthredopsis litterata arcuatus, Forst. tiliae Tenthredo atra, Lin. dorsalis livida, Lin. campestris ( = scutellaris) mesomelana, Lin. COLEOPTERA In preparing a list of Warwickshire Coleoptera it becomes at once apparent that a large number of species frequently met with in the neighbourhood cannot be included, as the records in many cases refer to localities outside the county boundary. This boundary being an artificial one, and not defined by any natural features of the country, can have no bearing whatever on the occurrence or distribution of the fauna of the district. Some years ago one of our leading geologists sketched out a midland area defined by the geological formation of the country, which he called ' The Midland Plateau ' ; and to do justice to the distribution of the fauna of the district the whole of this plateau should be included. The present work however deals with Warwickshire, and although the limits of the country are purely political, the actual tract of the country included therein can only be considered in compiling the present list. A large number of species must therefore be excluded which in- habit the adjacent counties and which, up to the present time, have not been recorded as occurring within our borders, and amongst them are many insects deserving special notice. A few species may perhaps be mentioned : Carabus nitens and C. arvensis may be taken on Cannock Chase, both species being now very scarce. The curious Nebria livida may also be taken in the same locality. This beetle was first discovered on the Chase by Mr. J. T. Harris, and the late Mr. Blatch and also the author have verified its occurrence on many subsequent occasions. This is the only known instance of this species inhabiting an inland locality, its headquarters being at Bridlington Quay and a few other parts of the north-east coast. It lives in argillaceous cliffs, and on Cannock Chase it is met with in a similar formation. Dischirius ceneus occurs at Cannock Chase and Bewdley, and many species of Bembidium occur in the adjacent country which cannot be included in our list. Patrobus assimilis, Trecbus rufcns, Pterostichus lepidus, Amara patricia all occur on Cannock Chase, and A, spinipes at Dudley and Bewdley. Miscodera arctica can be taken in plenty in some seasons on Cannock Chase, and in the same locality Harpalus griseus and Anisodactylus binotatus occur sparingly. Hydroporus septentrionalis (Bewdley) and several other 77
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