From G. H. Darwin [after 5 August 1862]1
– – too much of a job & so F.2 & I got the tickets for Thursday night gratis. It was most awful fun & they were very good places. On Saturday we came down here with Aunt Sue.3 On Monday Birch4 & a lot of men (Ronnald)5 from his yatch came & had dinner here. Ernest couldn’t stop but had to go off to London early in the morning.6 They went back to their yatch at about 12 & sailed very early in the morning to the channel islands. On Tuesday I went to watch the Lythrums—& had a very wet scrummage.7
I caught 3 hive bees sucking & saw any number of others & also caught 5 flies sucking & saw lots of others; saw a butterfly (Pieris Rapæ) suck several flowers but could not catch it.
Describes insects caught while visiting Lythrum.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3671,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3671