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INSECTS men taken in Handsworth, just over the border. Rugby (in a cottage window at Overslade, N.W. Hudson, Rugby lists, 1888) Deilephila lineata, F. One in Birmingham in 1870 (F. Enock> EMM. 1870, p. 40) Chaerocampa celerio, L. One in Birming- ham = Horsefair in 1868 (F. Enock, EMM. 1868, p. 172) ; and one at Edgbaston (G. T. Bethune- Baker, Entom. 1880, p. 310) elpenor, L. Not common. Marston Green (one, H. Stone) ; Shirley (J. T. Fountain) ; Sutton Park (one, E. C. Tye) ; Kncwle (H. W. Ellis, Blatch Coll. etc.), Solihull and Hock- ley Heath (Blatch Hand.); Rugby (many records in Rugby lists) ; Atherstone (C. Baker) ; Whitchurch (L. C. Keighley-Peach) ; Wolford (W. C. E. Wheeler) Metopsilus (Chasrocampa) porcellus, L. Not common. Sutton Park is the best known locality for this species, but it is rare there. It is also re- corded from Atherstone (C. Baker, Entom. 1899, p. 213); Wellesbourne (L. C. Keighley-Peach); Wolford (by his father, W. C. E. Wheeler) ; Rugby (Rugby lists) Macroglossa stellatarum, L. Not uncom- mon sometimes, locally. Sutton (P. W. Abbott) ; Aston (C. J. Wake- field) ; Solihull (A. H. Martineau) ; Hampton-in-Arden (one, 1900, G. W. Wynn) ; Knowle (H. W. Ellis, W. Kiss, etc.); Small Heath Park (H. Taylor) ; Rugby = Overs/ode, etc. (several records, Rugby lists) ; War- wick (most years, P. P. Baly) ; Ather- stone (C. Baker) ; Wolford (Austen ; common some years, W. C. E. Wheeler) ; Whitchurch (very com- mon 1900, J. H. Bloom) Hemaris (Macroglossa) fuciformis, L. Ow- ing to the confusion in the synonomy of this and the next species, most of the records must be regarded as un- certain ; both species however occur in the county, I believe, but are al- ways rare. This one has occurred at Rugby, as Mr. N. V. Sidgwick writes to me : ' The only one oc- curring here so far as I know is the broad bordered one of which I have one and have seen several others.' Moreover, there are many records of it in the Rugby lists, chiefly from Brandon Woods. Both species were recorded by the old collectors as being common near Knowle at Chal- cot Wood, etc. (Blatch Hand. ; F. Enock, Sat. Guide) ; they however must be very scarce now, as only single specimens have been seen anywhere near for many years. Mr. J. T. Fountain took one of this species there at Umberslade on June 14, 1896, and one on June 17,1 900. Coombe Wood (com- mon, G. B. Longstaff, EMM. 1866, p. 138; G. H. Kenrick); Wolford (taken years ago by his father, W. C. E. Wheeler) Hemaris scabiosae, Z. (bombyliformis, Esp.) The narrow bordered species I can give fewer records of, and yet I sus- pect it is equally common. Its occurrence near Knowle in the old days is already referred to above, and Mr. J. T. Fountain took one there on June 21, 1891, at Umberslade. In the Rugby lists both names occur ; doubt is however thrown on the records of this species by Mr. N. V. Sidgwick's note quoted above NOTODONTID/E Cerura furcula, Cl. Rare. The larvae occasionally obtained from sallow. Knowle (R. C. Bradley, W. Kiss, Blatch Hand.) ; Sutton (R. C. Brad- ley) ; Rugby (A. Sidgwick, Rugby list, 1867, etc.) bifida, Hb. Not uncommon in the larval stage on poplars and aspens. I have taken it in the suburbs of Birmingham, at Tardley, and in Handsworth (Staffs.) ; I also have records from Hampton - in - Arden, Marston Green, Tardley (G. W. Wynn) ; Knowle (Blatch Coll., etc., W. Kiss) ; Rugby = Brandon, etc. (Rugby lists) Dicranura vinula, L. Common every- where ; its name occurs in every list I have received Stauropus fagi, L. Very rare in the mid- lands. Its only claim to inclusion in the Warwickshire list rests on the recorded capture of one larva at Rugby in the Rugby list, 1888. It is a schoolboy record and open to doubt, but owing to the striking character of the larva, and the fact that it occurs in neighbouring coun- ties, I have treated it as probably correct, and included it 131