Second Meeting: 12th June, 1906.
The President, Dr. Marshall, in the chair.
New Members.—The Rev. Edgar Ward, Messrs. W. G. Grave, F. S. Oliver, H. B. Williams.
Exhibits.—Dr. Scott showed casts of carvings on bone, horn, &c., by prehistoric men, found in caves in the South of France.
The specimens showed that the men were fairly well advanced in civilisation. It was rather curious to know that in all the collections of prehistoric carving the vegetable kingdom was very slightly represented. The “artist” devoted his attention to the animals. There were horses, mammoths, wolves, reindeers, and some animals it was difficult to identify, but few representations of flowers or trees.
Mr. G. M. Thomson referred to the occurrence in enormous numbers of the interesting cumacean crustacean Diastylis.
He went on to mention some of the work done by the curator of the marine fish hatchery. Mr. Anderton had been going out for the last few months with the trawlers, collecting information regarding the habits of fish. Within the last few weeks fish had been coming into Blueskin Bay in large numbers, especially flounders and soles. They were evidently following food into the shallow water. He was sure that the observations. of the curator would be found to be of great importance. Observers were now learning from the trawlers that there were enormous movements of small animals at the bottom of the sea, and the fish simply followed them.
Dr. Benham exhibited preparations recently added to the Museum illustrating the habits and life-history of three species of “wood-borer”—Ophiyops pallidus, Ambeodontus tristis (natives), and Anobium domesticum, the “death-watch” (introduced into the colony).
Papers.—1. “Notes on Protective Resemblance in New Zealand Moths,” by Mr. A. Philpott.
This was illustrated by Dr. Benham by means of a series of moths mounted on their natural surroundings, such as leaves, bark, &c.
2. “Notes on the Carnivorous Habit of the Kea,” by Dr. Benham.