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Volume 14, 1881
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“On the Occurrence of the Eastern Golden Plover (Charadrius fulvus) in New Zealand,” by T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S. (Transactions, p. 265).


“On the New Zealand Carabidæ,” by Captain T. Broun, M.E.S. (Reserved for separate publication).


Mr. E. A. Mackechnie exhibited some branches of the common furze covered with a large scale-insect, and stated that a number of oranges, lemons, and other trees in his garden had been completely destroyed by the same insect. It appeared to be rapidly spreading.

Dr. Purchas pointed out that he had previously brought this pest under the notice of the Institute, as having destroyed some hedges of kangaroo acacia in the Ponsonby district. It had since been described by Mr. Maskell in vol. xi. of the “Transactions,” under the name of Icerya purchasi.