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Table of the Appearance of Rare Lepidoptera in this Country in Connection with the Sun-Spots

Nature volume 25, page 584 | Download Citation



THE following table is a numerical abstract of the records relating to the capture of certain rare lepidopterous species in the United Kingdom, condensed from a larger table presenting an abstract of the pages of the Magazine of Natural History, Zoologist, Entomological Magazine, Entomologist, The Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer, Naturalist, The Entomologist's Annual, The Yorkshire Naturalist, Newman's British Butterflies, and other works. It will show the relation existing between the sun-spot cycles and the appearance of the species, yet not quite so distinctly as my larger compilation, since, in order to adapt it to the pages of NATURE, it has been necessary to equalise the sunspot cycles, which has caused, I fear, a certain overlapping of the cycles of capture, which really are well defined. I was not aware until quite recently that any one had been before me in this branch of entomology, but I now find my remarks in the Journal of Science for August, 1881, corroborated in a previous publication (Dr. F. G. Hahn, “Ueber die Beziehungen der Sonnenfleckenperiode zu meteorologischen Erscheinungen,” pp. 155-157, Leipzig, 1877). This pamphlet is noticed (E. D. Archibald, NATURE, vol. xix. p. 145, article, “Locusts and Sun-Spots”).

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