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A Descriptive Catalogue of the Dobrdeé Collection of European Noctuae

Nature volume 82, page 277 (06 January 1910) | Download Citation



THE late Nicholas Frank Dobrée, of the New Walk, Beverley, who died in 1908, at the age of seventy-seven, formed a very valuable collection of Palæarctic Noctuaz between the years 1871 and 1888, which he subsequently presented to Hull Museum, on the understanding that a complete catalogue should be published. We presume that it will be preserved intact, for we are convinced that special collections of all kinds, whether literary or scientific, are of far greater permanent value whenever it is possible to preserve them thus, than when they are (sometimes unavoidably) dispersed, or even broken up to be incorporated with larger collections. The collection includes longer or shorter series of 654 species, more than 300 named varieties and aberrations, and 720 specimens of preserved larvæ. These are contained in forty-two cabinet drawers, and Mr. Browne has carefully noted the origin of every specimen according to Mr. Dobrée's note-books, and added short descriptions of a large number of aberrant specimens, named or otherwise. The work is of much importance to all students of the interesting group of moths of which it treats.

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