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larvae of Sthenopis argenteomaculata Harr. in alder from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but instead of breeding the moth he had gotten a Sarcophagid (Dip.) parasite June io, 1914, and wondered how the fly deposited its eggs upon the moth larvae. Dr. Skinner said one peculiarity of this moth was that though it was nocturnal it is never attracted to light. Mr. Laurent said he had caught one by sugaring.

Diptera. Mr. Daecke also said he had found scale insects infested with a Lepidopterous larva which he had placed in a case by itself and was surprised to breed a fly: Drosophila repleta Woll. Mr. Harbeck exhibited a dozen species of Exoprosopa and Anthrax collected by Mr. Woodgate in Jemez Mts., New Mexico.

Coleoptera. Mr. H. W. Wenzel said that since the end of October, 1914, H. A. Wenzel and he have collected more specimens and species of Cioidae than all the collections in Philadelphia contain together. These were exhibited. Dr. Castle said he had been working on the Staphylinidae and had collected at Morton, Pennsylvania, June 15, several specimens of Oxyporus $-maculatus LeC. which he said is closely allied to the Canadian species 0. occipitalis Fauv.

Hymenoptera. Mr. H. A. Wenzel exhibited five nests of the Potter Wasp, Eumencs fratcrnus Say, found at Naylor's Run, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, July 12 on young hickory. These bred from August 4 to n except one from which a Dipterous parasite emerged July 30.

Adjourned to the annex.

Meeting of January 20th, 1915, at the same place. Eleven members were present. Messrs. Rohwer, Crawford and Cushman, of Washington, D. C, visitors. Pres. H. A. Wenzel in the chair.

The President read his annual address which was ordered to be incorporated in the minutes.

The present officers were re-elected to serve for 1915 and are as follows: President, H. A. Wenzel; Vice-President, W. S. Huntington; Treasurer, H. W. Wenzel; Secretary, George M. Greene, and Assistant Secretary, J. W. Green.

Hymenoptera. General discussion on Vespula and their nests. Mr. Daecke said he had seen a nest of maculata in the mountains near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that, instead of being suspended from a limb, was built against the trunk of a tree (about two feet in diameter) four feet above the ground.

Diptera. Mr. George M. Greene exhibited a specimen of Callicera johnsoni Hunter which he collected in Fairmount Park, Phila., and said he understood it was the seventh specimen recorded. The type was taken in Fairmount Park by Charles T. Greene, May 7, 1895, resting on the ground on the east side of the Schuylkill River. The specimen shown was collected May 7, 1914, resting on a tree on the west side of the river, directly opposite where the type was taken.

Hemiptera.—Mr. Laurent exhibited his collection of Cicadidse in which all the species known to occur in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the exception of one were represented. He stated that the reason the males outnumber the females in collections was owing to the fact that the males alone produce the call or song, thus enabling the collector to locate them.

Adjourned to the annex.—George M. Greene, Secretary.

The Entomological Society Of France And The War. At the meeting of October 14, 1914, the President, M. Ch. Alluaud, said: "My dear Colleagues, Since our last reunion [July 22] the greatest armed conflict that history has yet recorded has broken out, the greatest peril that our country has ever run has menaced us. I ask you, since our ancestors of 1870-71 have set us a good example, not to interrupt the course of our meetings under any pretext and to come in as great numbers as possible on the stated days. Your officers make every effort to assure the publication and distribution of the Bulletin... .and count, as usual, on your observations and your work. In reading the minutes of our meetings of the winter of 1870-71, I met this passage in the address of Dr. Laboulbene (meeting of Jan. 11, 1871) and I ask your permission to reproduce it literally: 'Our session to-day will perhaps be troubled by the explosion of hostile projectiles, some of which have fallen some paces from this house....' You will agree, gentlemen, that it is a case of repetition, that history

is an eternal recommencement. Tn place of a siege we have the 'tauben'—sinister passenger pigeons—one of which dropped a bomb, the day before yesterday, in the Rue Guy-de-Labrosse, very near the Museum of Natural History."

The following members of the Society are serving in the Army: Dr. R. Jeannel, secretary; Dr. Maurice Royer, first assistant secretary; J. Sainte-Claire Deville, L. Semichon, J. Surcouf, J. Achard, A. Magdelaine, Joseph de Muizon, Georges Koechlin, Dr. Maurice Bedel, G. Billiard, V. Laboissiere, A. Mequignon, Dr. L. Bettingcr (whose collection was destroyed in the bombardment of Rheims), L. Beguin. G. Babault (recently returned from an expedition in the Himalayas), P. Chabanaud, A. Lavallee, L. Legras, P. Vayssiere, J. Vincent, /. Aubail, J. Herve-Bazin, E. Roubaud and E. Dattin. [Those whose names appear in italics have been wounded in action. Elsewhere in this News the names of those killed in battle are given.]

At the end of the meeting of Nov. 11, 1914, "M. A. Bourgoin, considering that the closing of the cafes at 8 o'clock deprives us of the traditional 'humid session,' proposed to contribute to the 'soldiers' tobacco fund,' the savings to be realized from this fact. This generous thought of our Archivist-Librarian was adopted and the collection produced a sum which will procure for thirty-two of our brave soldiers in the bottom of their trenches the joy of receiving each a package of 'caporal.'"

At the meeting of July 22 the Passet Prize was unanimously voted to P. de Peyerimhoff for his memoirs on the larvae of Coleoptera. (Bulletin, 1914, Nos. 14-17).


[From recent numbers of the Bulletin of the Entomological Society of France for 1914, we learn of the death of the following entomologists.]

Henri Achard De Bonvouloir died at Paris, July 13, 1914, at the age of 75 years. Undertaking the study of the Coleoptera when a young man, under the direction of C. Jaquelin Duval, he first turned his attention to the Throscidae, of which he produced a monograph in 1859. After some additional papers on this group in T86o and 1862, he turned his attention to the Eucnemidae. His monograph of this family was published by the French Society in four parts from 1871 to 1875 and amounts to 908 pages and 42 plates. He became a member of the Society March 9, 1859, and served as its Archivist and Librarian. A bibliography of his entomological writings (10 titles) is given in the Bulletin cited, No. 14.

Jean Perez, known for his work on bees, died at St. Georges de Didonne, Charente Inferieure, in the beginning of September, 1914. He was professor in the faculty of Sciences of Bordeaux.

Pierre Emile Gounelle died at Paris, October 2, 1914, aged 64 years. Beginning in 1884, he made a number of entomological explorations in Brazil, and he has left to the Museum of Paris a very fine collection particularly rich in South American Cerambycidae and in examples of mimicry. His numerous writings relate chiefly to Brazilian Cerambycidae. He bequeathed 10,000 francs, his entomological and other scientific books and his collection of humming-birds to the Entomological Society of France, with permission to sell the collection and such of his books that the Society does not wish to retain. Bibliographies of MM. Perez and Gounelle are promised in future numbers of the Annates of the Society. (Bulletin cited, nos. 15, 16).

Leon Vibert, lieutenant colonel in the geographical service of the French army died at Paris, August 24, 1914, at the age of 51 years. In the course of his topographical work in Algeria and southeastern Tunisia he contributed to knowledge of the entomological fauna of North Africa (L. c. No. 15).

Albert Cheux, a life member of the Society who died at La Baumette, near Angers, July 5, 1914, bequeathed to the Society his collection of Lepidoptera and his entomological library. (No. 17).

The following members of the Society have fallen in the present war: Raymond Morgon, Andre Vuillet (at Ippecourt, Sept. 10), Leon Garreta and Jean Chatanay.

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•V These notices are continued as long as our limited space will allow; the new ones are added at the end of the column, and only when necessary those at the top (being longest in) are discontinued

Ipldae (Scolytidae)—Will exchange for eastern, northern or southern species the Pacific Coast species Dendroctonus brevicomis, monticolae, jeffreyi, valens, Ips con/usus, oregoni, emarginalus, concinnus, latidens, Pilyogenes carinulatus, Phloeosinus punctatus, cupressi, Hylurgops subcostulalus, etc.—Ralph Hopping, 114 Sansome St., San Francisco, Cal.

1 have eggs of Nebraska Catocala, perfect specimens of Missouri Catocala, Nebraska and Pacific Coast Lepidoptera and botanical specimens for exchange for certain rare U. S. Lepidoptera.—E. A. Dodge, 546 Bay St.. Santa Cruz, Calif.

Dlptera—Unnamed material wanted. Will collect other orders in exchange.—C. F. Adams, Atherton, Mo.

For Exchange—Illinois and Indiana Coleoptera, mostly Cicindelidae, Carabidae, Buprestidae, Cerambycidae and others, for North American species new to my collection.—C. Selinger, 1338 South 50th Avenue, Cicero, 111.

Dlptera—Wanted for cash or to borrow for study only, North American Leptidae (incl. Coenomyidae and Xylophagidae).—M. D. Leonard, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.

Costa Rica—Any one interested in entomological material from Costa Rica should communicate with me at once. I expect to spend three months there this summer.—D. E. Harrower, Swarthmore, Pa.

Wanted—50 V. hunlera, 100 H. unipuncla, 25 A. argillacea, Arg. diana 2 pair, L. eros, L. hulstii, M. eurydice males only, M. yuccae, T. gundlachianus, T. proterpia, T. nicippe, L. sononensis, T. chrysalus, L. ursula 6 of each = 3 pair, 8 of any Chrysophanus.—A. F. Porter, Decorah, Iowa.

For Exchange—Catocala from this locality for Catocala and other Lepidoptera not in my collection; also fertile ova of Catocala amatrix and nurus.—Mrs. O. F. Hiser, Nevada, Iowa.

Specimens collected—Will collect Diptera, Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Odonata, Hemiptera-Homoptera, Coleoptera or Lepidoptera during the coming season. Let me know your desiderata now.—Harry L. Johnson, So. Meriden, Ct.

I will name specimens of Coleoptera in certain families. Correspondence with beginners desired. No specimens will be retained without permission of the owner.—C. A. Frost, 26 Pond St., Framingham, Mass.

Wanted Transactions American Entomological Society, Vol. IV; Entomological News, Vol. II, Nos. 6 and 10, or Volume.—Howard L Clark, Hotel Puritan, Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass.

I have a number of duplicates of entomological Exp. Station Bulletins, Entomologist's Reports, Bureau Bulletins and Circulars, etc., for exchange or sale—Geo. G. Ainslie, 227 Peachtree St., Nashville, Tenn.

Will exchange eggs of Hemileuca tnaia for native or exotic Lepidoptera and Coleoptera and Cicindelidae. Send your lists.—Adolph Mares, 2524 So Homan Ave., Chicago, 111.

For Exchange—Catocala tilania Dodge for other species of same genus not in my collection. Send list and name terms to Ernst Schwarz, 6310 N. Newstead Ave., St. Louis, Mo.

Photographs of Entomologists Desired.

The Entomological Section of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences desires for its entomological album the photograph of every entomological student. The collection contains over 300 at this date. A list was published in the News 1902, pages 45-47, of those in the album at that time. We hope that those who can do so will write their names and date of birth and the date when the photograph was taken on the back of each photo, along with any other information concerning themselves they may wish to impart.

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