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To H. T. Stainton   11 February [1876]

Summary

Has signed enclosure [Royal Society nomination for McLachlan] with pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Library MSS DAR A : 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10385

To H. T. Stainton   28 September 1881

Summary

Thanks HTS for a Dahlia flower, but analogous cases of such "bud-variation" have been observed before.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  28 Sept 1881
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13359

To Henry Tibbats Stainton  20 October [1855]

Summary

Would be useless to insert CD’s name [on masthead of Entomologists’ Annual] since he does not work on insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  20 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/ DAR : 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1767

To Henry Tibbats Stainton   13 April [1856]

Summary

Thanks HTS for Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer [no. 2, 12 Apr 1856]. Agrees with his remarks [in "Why did Mr Westwood get the Royal Medal?"], but explains that a change in rules for awarding the Royal Medal has been made. Earlier it had to be given for publications in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, which explains small number of entomologist recipients.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  13 Apr [1856]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/ DAR : 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1853

To Henry Tibbats Stainton   11 June [1860]

Summary

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.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 June [1860]
Classmark:  The Natural History Museum (General Library, MSS DAR)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2829

To H. T. Stainton   20 June [1860]

Summary

Has had a very satisfactory answer from Mr Parfitt. Asks HTS to insert query in Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer and also to answer it himself. ["Do the Tineina and other small moths suck flowers?", Collected papers 2: 35–6.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  20 June [1860]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/ DAR : 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2839

To Henry Tibbats Stainton   18 February [1868]

Summary

Asks for information on coloration and proportions of sexes in butterflies and moths for his work on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5890

From H. T. Stainton   20 February 1868

Summary

Sends a preliminary reply to CD’s query [5890]. Ten males to one female among captured micro-Lepidoptera. Six females to four or five males in those he has bred. HTS is aware this is diametrically opposed to information from [Alexander] Wallace and Bates, but the true proportion of sexes can only be ascertained by breeding.

Author:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A6–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5903

To H. T. Stainton   21 February [1868]

Summary

Discusses factors possibly influencing the sex of caterpillars. Is gathering information on sex ratios in insects and would welcome any cases in which males seem to outnumber females.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  21 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Lib. MSS/DAR: 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5907

To H. T. Stainton   28 February [1868]

Summary

Asks whether the colouring of particular butterflies has any protective function, to ascertain whether the function is other than sexual.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  28 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  E.W. Classey Ltd (dealers) (1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5949

From H. T. Stainton   29 February 1868

Summary

Replies to CD on proportion of sexes in butterflies, coloration of moths, and courtship. Encloses copies of letters on these subjects between HTS, Henry Doubleday, and John Hellins.

Author:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 85: B52-3; DAR 86: A16;
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5960

To H. T. Stainton   2 March [1868]

Summary

Thanks HTS for his valuable information. Hopes to arrive at probable answer to question of proportion of males to females in the progeny of butterflies bred in domestication.

On courtship of butterflies, CD believes something more than chance is involved in determining which male is successful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  2 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5967

From H. T. Stainton   7 March 1868

Summary

Protective coloration in butterflies.

[Alexander] Wallace’s suggestion that collecting larger larvae of females accounts for error in counting proportion of sexes.

Author:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A19–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5994

From H. T. Stainton   15 January 1874

Summary

Encloses R. McLachlan’s certificate of nomination for Royal Society. Hopes CD will sign it, as McLachlan is the most philosophic member of the Entomological Society in years.

Author:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1874
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen Lib MSS/DAW A: 25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9243
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