ENTOMOLOGISTS will give a cordial welcome to this first instalment of the catalogue of British insects, the preparation and publication of which has been taken up with such commendable zeal by our Entomological Society. The subjects coming under the domain of entomology are so infinitely numerous, and the literature of the science has increased so enormously of late years, that for any one man to attempt to grapple with it specifically would be almost an act of insanity; and the authorities of the Entomological Society have therefore very wisely entrusted the preparation of different parts of their projected catalogue to those British entomologists who have most successfully studied particular groups. Mr. McLachlan as a zealous student of the Neuroptera is so well known both in this country and on the Continent, that no one else could well have been selected for this part of the task, and he has associated with himself, in the preparation of the list of Ephemeridæ (the well-known Mayflies of the angler) a gentleman who, if his published writings are less numerous than those of his colleague, has certainly shown in them that he possesses in a high degree the qualities necessary for the investigation of a rather difficult group of insects.
A Catalogue of British Neuroptera.
Compiled by Robert McLachlan, F.L.S.. The Ephemeridæ by the Rev. A. E. Eaton, B.A. Published by the Entomological Society of London. 8vo. (London: Longmans. 1870.)
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A Catalogue of British Neuroptera. Nature 2, 45 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002045a0