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Briefly let me refer to the land shells so abundant in our lane, and woods, and fields hard by. Not far has one to seek to find a plenitude of helices. Helix aspersa, H. nemoralis, H. hortensis, H. arbustorum, H. virgata, H. ericetorum, H. hispida, H. rupestris, and H. lapicida go far towards forming the nucleus of a good collection. In moist weather the smooth-barked beeches bristle with Clausilia laminata, and, if less abundant, C. rugosa (C. nigricans) is yet plentiful on the mossy banks and stones. Bulimus obscurus, too, occurs in company with C. laminata, and pupæ abound under fallen logs and stones. Pupa secale, P. umbilicata, P. pygmæa and P. substriata may be collected at all times, whilst a search of damp moss and stones will soon reveal Zonites nitidulus, Z. radiatulus, Z. excavatus, Z. nitidus, Z. crystallinus, and Z. cellarius. Nor will the searcher go unrewarded if he seeks for Balea fragilis, Zua lubrica, and Azeca tridens. Slug collectors would doubtless discover many varieties. I have once turned up in our garden Testacella haliotoidea.

It would be a profitless labour to enumerate a tithe of the plants which flourish in and about our lane. So diversified with hill and dale are these rich

Fig. 89.-Helix virgata.

woodlands, that, 'twere remarkable indeed if a wonderful variety could not be found. Not botanist enough am I to say if many great rarities may be discovered, but may yet venture to predict that the diligent collector cannot fail to add many an unfamiliar one to his store. The meadow saffron flourishes in our orchard, the lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor) carpets the ground over large areas beneath the trees in the beech wood at the top of our lane, where, also, I have found in abundance the bee orchis (Orphrys apifera), the butterfly orchis (Habenaria bifolia), and a host of others. The moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia), is fairly plentiful in some places, and if, bearing away from our lane, we descend to the lowest parts of the beech and larch woods, we shall quickly find the spurge laurel (Daphne laureola). A wealth of smaller plants clothe our banks with beauty.

The mistletoe (Viscum album) is very abundant, and is to be found growing upon apple-trees in many an old orchard hereabout. Nor is our floral display confined to the plants beneath our feet, for from the time the hazel hangs out its tasselled catkins, and the yew expands its flowers, until the late lime (Tilia Europaa) perfumes the air with its delicious odour, we have a succession of bloom. Haw- and black

thorns, sycamore, mountain ash, horse chestnut, ash, elm, holly, box, birch, beech and crab. Do not the orchards, too, spread out their treasures to catch the genial sun-rays? I know no greater delight than, when the pink-tipped apple-blossoms are fully expanded, to wander 'neath their flowery shade, and, meanwhile, drink in with ecstasy the sweet concert of woodland music poured from a hundred tiny throats; at such moments one feels that every sense is steeped in innocent delight, and sadly out of harmony with nature must be his soul who cannot find refreshment in communion with her in these her happiest moods.

The transition from the overshadowing beech to the humble moss, that garnishes its gnarled roots with beauty, may seem a somewhat sudden one; far less, however, than might at first appear, for are they not friends, from earliest life associate and interdependent? 'Twere needless to tell how lavishly these humble members of the vegetable kingdom have been spread o'er earth, and twig, and stone, and the musIcologist will in our lane and woods find an Eldorado.

Nor will the fungologist fare less pleasantly, for a profusion of curious forms spring up on every side. Very brilliantly coloured specimens, too, are some.

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and bivalve shells innumerable, may be collected by the geologist, both in the quarries and road mender's stone heaps, trigonias and grypheas being exceedingly common; rhynchonellas and terebratulas occur abundantly in our garden; and when, after a heavy summer downpour, the converging water-courses pour their united streams adown our lane, it is converted into a very mountain-torrent, which sweeps all before it, leaving the rock clean swept. From this we may pick many small specimens. The collector will, however, doubtless prefer to gather his finds in the numerous quarries existing in the neighbourhood, nor need he diverge many steps from our lane to obtain the objects of his quest.

Very imperfectly hath my pleasant task been performed. I would that some more facile pen than mine had writ the story. But briefly though it hath been told, 'tis yet enough to show that within the circumscribed limits of our lane is stored materials of abiding interest, and that to record the life-history of its denizens would fully engage each busy moment of a life, e'en though its span should far exceed the allotted threescore years and ten.

Alas! the besom of so-called improvement hath ruthlessly swept away many a sweet refuge from the toils and tumult of the restless world; the joy of many a humble worshipper at Nature's shrine hath long since been translated into a pleasant memory.

Though threatened, many yet survive-long may they be preserved-and last to disappear, and leave the world less beautiful, I trust may be "Our Lane."

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF BRITISH DIPTERA.

By E. BRUNETTI. [Continued from p. 105.] 17. Bombylida.

HE typical Bombylide are large bee-like flies, globular, very pubescent abdomens, long proboscis, and long, very slender legs; their flight being very swift, feeding on nectar, and inhabiting dry warm spots in the height of summer.

The larvæ live on plant roots, or are parasitic on Lepidoptera. All the half-score or thereabouts of British species are more or less uncommon. The transformation of several species have been chronicled by Reaumur and Schaffer.

Proboscis long; antennæ contiguous at base.

First antennal joint long: Bombylius, L. First antennal joint short: Phthiria, Mg. Proboscis short; antennæ at base remote: Anthrax, Scop.

Anthrax paniscus, Rossi, has a somewhat oblongated black abdomen, covered with dense yellow pubescence, as is also the thorax; the wings being pale grey, the legs black, the proboscis rather short (for this family). The species basks in the sunshine; long 12 mm. A. fenestrata, Fln., comes

from the New Forest. A. morio, L., a common continental species, has been reared from larvæ in the nest of a bee (Anthophora). I have one or two specimens of Anthrax in which spurious veins are present, this apparently being no uncommon thing in this genus.

Bombylius major, L., has a globular black abdomen, densely covered (and the thorax also) with pale yellow pubescence; proboscis very long; legs long, slender, black; wings clear, with the fore border marked with brown; long 9 mm.

An allied and less common species (B. discolor, Mik.), often mistaken for B. medius, L., which is a non-British species, is rather larger, and has the wings marked with numerous small circular brown spots, and appears in spring, especially on primrose.

European and exotic species of this family are very numerous, and assume large proportions and brilliant colouring.

No less than twenty-seven species, additional to the eight he admits as British, have been introduced as indigenous, according to Mr. Verrall.

B. major, L., Wlk. i. Pl. ii. 14. A. paniscus, Rossi, Mg., Sys. Bes. iii. Pl. xvii. 19 (cingulata).

18. Therevida.

Carnivorous Diptera, frequenting sandy spots; the sexes differing in the colour of the pubescence. Flight swift; larva living in the earth. Abdomen elongated; venation well marked; legs rather delicate and easily broken off. Allied to the Asilide and Bombylida, with which latter family Walker erroneously included them.

The six authenticated British species are more or less rare, T. fulva, Mg., being perhaps the most common. It is a black fly, with yellow bands across the abdomen, which is clothed with thin yellow pubescence, the dorsum of the thorax being bluishgrey, with two central longitudinal yellow stripes; wings greyish, tinged with yellow; legs smooth and tawny; long 9 mm.

T. nobilitata, F., is also not rare.

T. annulata, F., is easily known by its white pubescence-present in both sexes. Meigen records the larva of this species as living in rotten wood.

The genus Thereva is now usually split up into three, distinguished as follows:

Under-side of face naked: Psilocephala, Zett. Under-side of face hairy.

Fourth posterior cell open: Dialineura, Rond. Fourth posterior cell closed: Thereva, Latr.

19. Scenopinida.

Three species of this small, natural group (only one genus being European), are British: the venation is peculiar, somewhat resembling that of the acalypterate Muscida; sluggish flies.

Scenopinus fenestralis, L., is not rare, occurring in houses, hotbeds, greenhouses, and on willows, the

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