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 1 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3671