Fifth Meeting: 15th October, 1888.
The President, W. Colenso, F.R.S., in the chair.
Papers.—1. “Snow Scenes in the Southern Alps,” by Taylor White, of Herbertville. (Transactions, p. 398.)
2. “Stray Notes on the New Zealand Owl (Athene novæ-zealandiæ),” by W. Colenso, F.R.S. (Transactions, p. 200.)
In the course of the discussion which followed, Mr. Colenso quoted the fable of the “Battle of the Birds,” recorded by him in the eleventh volume of the “Trans. N.Z. Inst.,” calling attention to the significant absence of the moa from the birds enumerated, and considered the omission a valuable piece of negative evidence in support of his contention that the Maoris did not know of the moa as a living and existing bird.
3. “On some New Zealand Curios,” by Taylor White. (Transactions, p. 397.)
4. “On Pyrameis gonerilla,” by W. Colenso, F.R.S. (Transactions, p. 196.)
5. “On a Chrysalis of an Unknown Species of Butterfly,” by W. Colenso, F.R.S. (Transactions, p. 194.)
Exhibits.—A fine collection of minerals from the Collingwood district was sent by Mr. Washbourne, of Nelson, for the Museum.