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To A. G. Butler   23 August 1875

Summary

Sends a moth from Queensland, Australia. The sender says a large number have been caught with proboscises embedded in oranges. CD interested as having a bearing on his Orchis work. Can AGB name the family and any closely allied English genus? The proboscis seems an extraordinary structure [see F. Darwin, "On the structure of the proboscis of Ophideres fullonica", Q. J. Microsc. Sci. n.s. 15 (1875): 384–9].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Date:  23 Aug 1875
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (28/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10133

To A. G. Butler   9 May 1877

Summary

"I have always been inclined to think that sparrows were acute & crafty birds, but you certainly show that they are Fools, & if they go on behaving in so idiotic a manner, you will do quite right to expose their conduct in some public Journal!--"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10957

To A. G. Butler   20 February [1879]

Summary

"I do not know whether the enclosed will be of any use to you.– I can say nothing of your fitness for the desired office, as I know nothing whatever of its duties.

I am sincerely sorry to hear of Mr F. Smith’s death."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Date:  20 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11889

To A. G. Butler   1 July [1871]

Summary

Thanks AGB for "various notes".

Would like to hear his views about the Brahmaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Date:  1 July [1871]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 68)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7845

From A. G. Butler   24 August 1875

Summary

"The moth is rightly named Ophideres Fullonica." Gives its range, family, allied European and British species, etc.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 99: 90–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10134

From A. G. Butler   8 May 1877

Summary

Can CD explain why house sparrows persist in trying to build a nest in a spot from which it is daily removed?

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 388
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10953

From A. G. Butler   19 February 1879

Summary

Requests testimonial from CD for position of Assistant Keeper, Zoological Dept, British Museum.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 389
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11888

From A. G. Butler   31 March 1879

Summary

Has succeeded in obtaining Assistant Keeper’s post.

Believes it would be interesting and valuable to study the variation in organs such as scent-fans and "strigillating" [stridulating?] organs among related species of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11963

From A. G. Butler   13 December 1879

Summary

Supplies facts on the colours of each sex in butterflies from the genera Ornithoptera and Heterochroa.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12355

From Arthur Gardiner Butler   19 July 1870

Summary

Supplies names of moths and references.

Describes his breeding experiments with butterflies to test effects of reduced light.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 160: 387
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7284

From A. G. Butler   26 May 1871

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Several observations on protective coloration and sexual selection.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 104–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7770

From A. G. Butler   2 June 1871

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Facts contradicting Wallace’s views on coloration of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 108–111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7797

From A. G. Butler   29 June 1871

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Resemblance of ocelli, in a moth and the argus pheasant.

Mimicry.

Pugnacity of stickleback.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7839

From A. G. Butler   18 July 1871

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Observations on ocelli of Brahmaea certhia.

Monstrosity born to a woman – half bear, half human.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7873

From A. G. Butler   27 March 1873

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On ocelli and relation to sexual selection;

instance of rejection of male by female butterfly.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 89: 96–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8829
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