To Henry Tibbats Stainton 11 June 
Down Bromley Kent
I take the liberty to send the enclosed.—1 I fear it is quite out of the question your being able to insert the whole in the Intelligencer;2 but perhaps you would oblige me by putting in the paragraph in which I ask for information on what kinds of moths the pollen-masses of Orchids have been found adhering.— 3 My best & almost sole chance will be through the columns of the Intelligencer.
Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. I have just received your extremely kind & to me most interesting note.—4 As you have Gardeners Ch. I will not send the Duplicate copy, which I got to send you, but think I will send it to Mr Parfitt & enquire whether he is certain that he recognises pollen-masses of Bee Orchis.5 The green pollen masses I shd think were those of true Orchis.— 6 Again I thank you sincerely. It is extremely curious the same moth having been found with pollen-masses in two parts of England.
I cd. recognise pollen-masses of Butterfly Orchis, & I daresay with a little care of most of our orchids.—
On what kind of moth have pollen-masses of orchids been found cohering? Will ask Mr Parfitt if he is certain he recognised pollen-masses of bee orchid. CD thinks green masses were those of true Orchis.
[In P.S., having received a letter on subject from HTS responding to same query published in Gard. Chron. 9 June 1860:] It is extremely curious that the same moth has been found with pollen-masses in two parts of England.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Henry Tibbats Stainton
- Sent from
- Source of text
- The Natural History Museum (General Library, MSS DAR)
- Physical description