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INSECTS The genus Aphodius is well represented in Warwickshire by twenty- seven and Onthopbagus by three species, of which O. vacca has recently been added to the list. Trox sabulosus has occurred sparingly, and also the beautifully coloured Cetonia aurata. The Sternoxi number thirty-seven species, many of which are ex- tremely abundant the rarer ones being Elater balteatus^ Melanotus rufi pes var. castanipes and Corymbetes census. The Malacoderma are represented by fifty-two species, most of them being very plentiful, the scarcer ones being Telepborus oralis, T. thoraclcus^ Malthinus frontalis and Melachius viridis. The genus Malthodes yields eight species, all of which are un- common, and the same remarks apply to Tillus elongates and Opilo mollis. The Teredilia have only twenty-eight species in the county. Niptus crenatus used to be taken freely in an old cowshed amongst manger refuse, but unfortunately, after a lapse of many years, this productive shed was cleaned out, and the old home of Niptus has been practically broken up. The genus Cis is represented by ten species. Ptinus subpilosus occurs in rotten wood, and Dryopbilus pusillus may be taken plentifully on fir trees in the summer at Hay Woods near Knowle. The Longicornia number nineteen species only, but this may possibly be increased when other portions of the county are more thoroughly explored. Prionus coriarlus occurs occasionally, this fine insect having been taken in several localities in the county. Aromia moscbata, Callidium a/ni, Clytus mysticus and Tetrops prczusta occur sparingly. All the other species in the list are fairly common. The Phytophaga (with Bruchidaf) have 132 representatives in the county. The genus Longitarsus is much in evidence, but owing to the ex- treme difficulty in separating the species it is impossible to vouch for the accuracy of all the records, and much further research is needed. The Heteromera (with abnormal Coleoptera) number forty-two species, and include some interesting insects. The genus Anaspis has perhaps received the least attention, all the Mordellidce being more or less difficult to preserve owing to the antennae and legs being so loosely articulated, and more species may be expected to occur than are enumerated in the list. The Rbyncophora (with Anthribidce) have 217 representatives, many of which are rare, and species new to the county are being discovered year by year. One example may be mentioned in Rbytidosomus globulus, which was found by the late Mr. Blatch and the author in the year 1898 in a spot which had been worked by Mr. Blatch more or less regularly for at least twenty years without having taken the insect before. Numerous examples of this kind might be mentioned, and in the future I 81 ii