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QUÆ IN MAGNA BRITANNIA REPERIUNTUR,
LARVARUM PABULO, TEMPOREQUE PASCENDI;
SYNONYMIS ATQUE LOCIS
"In his tam parvis, tamque fere nullis; quæ Ars! quanta Majestas!
VILLARS, ex Plin.
WHO HAVE GIVEN UP WITH UNEXAMPLED ZEAL,
EVERY BRITISH INSECT WHICH THAT DID NOT POSSESS,
THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT
LEPIDOPTERA OF GREAT BRITAIN
IS MOST HUMBLY INSCRIBED,
AS A TESTIMONY
GRATITUDE AND ESTEEM,
BY THEIR GREATLY OBLIGED
VERY HUMBLE SERVANT
A. H. HAWORTH,
FOUNDER AND CURATOR OF THE AURELIAN CABINET. «.
Like friendly colours sound our hearts unite,
And each from each contract new strength and light.
THE want of a work on British Lepidoptera, like the present one, has long been acknowledged as a considerable desideratum in this country; and it has been a matter of the greatest surprise, amongst the Entomological proficients of the continent, that no one has yet been published upon a general and scientific scale.
Perhaps there is no nation existing which has acquired so extensive a knowledge of Botany as the English; yet few in Europe have advanced with less success, into the sister science of Entomology. I mean with respect to publications only; for our cabinets are probably not inferior to the continental ones.
Not half the insect inhabitants of this fertile and productive island have yet been published by a British press ; although it is probable the greater part of them have been described by some or other of the writers on the continent.
The only general and systematic work on British insects hitherto published in this kingdom, which bears the least resemblance to the present one, is the trifling compilation of Berkenhout; in which little new matter is added, and multitudes of the species of his pre