Art. XXX.—Further Notes on Danais berenice, in a letter from Mr. F. W. C. Sturm to the Honorary Secretary, Hawke Bay Philosophical Institute.
[Read before the Hawke Bay Philosophical Institute, 9th September, 1878.]
“Hawke Bay Nurseries, 17th February, 1878.
“Dear Sir,—In regard to the butterfly, Danais berenice, or a closely-allied species (as per your paper on the same),* the first time I saw it was at the Reinga, up the Wairoa River, in Hawke Bay, in December, 1840, or January, 1841. In 1848, I captured a number at the Waiau, a tributary to that river, the Wairoa; I cannot recollect how many, but it must have been eight or nine at least, as I sent some small collections of insects to several of my friends and correspondents in Europe, and all, or nearly so, had one or two of the Danais included. Again, in 1861, I captured three on the Rangitikei River (near to the Messrs. Birch's sheep-run), one of which I have still in my collection, although in a very imperfect state. About twelve years ago Mr. Brathwaite captured one in his garden at Napier; this he sent to England, and it came into the hands of the Rev. H. Clarke, who mentioned it to me in a letter, as we corresponded. Four years back I saw three or four in my garden here, and two years ago there were a great number in my gardens, always keeping about the Lombardy poplars and Houheria populnea. Mr. Duff, of Kereru, also informed me that he had captured one pretty high up on the east side of the Ruahine range, about ten years ago. I certainly believe the butterfly to be indigenous and not introduced; and my observations of it fully coincide with yours, that while, in certain years, it is plentiful, in other years it is not to be seen.—I am, dear sir, yours, etc., F. W. Sturm.”
[Footnote] * Trans. N. Z. Inst., Vol. X., p. 276.