1897.] 275 or H. luteipes, and has joints 5 to 10 of the antennas more or less transverse. The male, according to Eppelsheim [Wien. ent. Zeit., xi, p. 294 (1892)], has the seventh ventral segment slightly produced, with the apex rounded. Horsell, Woking : November 5t/i, 1897. NEUROPTERA OBSERVED IN 1897, CHIEFLY IN THE NEW FOREST AND IN THE FENS. BY KENNETH J. MOETON, F.E S. In July of the present year I had a long-looked-for opportunity of paying a visit to the New Forest, and the following notes are in greater part based on the results of collecting there. Possibly they do not add very much to our knowledge, and to those fortunate Neuropterists whose circumstances allow them to collect south of the Thames, they may have but a pallid interest ; at the same time a few species are referred to which do not seem to fall in every one's way. It would be superfluous to attempt an}^ general description of collecting in the New Forest ; plenty of records no doubt exist of first and other impressions. But I may say that I found it delightful and fully up to expectations. For a few days I had the pleasure of my friend Mr. McLachlan's companioushio and suidance, and I cannot refrain from saying that I received much courtesy and help from others upon whom I had no claim. On the way north 1 stayed in Cambridgeshire for a week or so, and thence made excursions into the neighbouring counties of Hun-tingdon and Northampton. The principal results there were in Lepidoptera, and 1 had the opportunity of seeing the flight of Apatura Iris for the first time. The capture of four of the British species of Thecla in and around the same wood within one week seems note-worthy ; the species were Thecla hetulcB, quercus, iv-album and pruni. The last was of course much worn, and the first just appearing. To a Neuropterist who has collected in some of the well-watered parts of Scotland or Ireland, the comparative scarcity of caddis-flies in the New Forest does not excite wonder ; on the other hand, the number of species of dragon -flies is surprising. But perhaps with so many conspicuous day-flying insects to distract attention, my col-lecting of the more retiring species may have been less thorough than it ought to have been.