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<ul><li><p>Death's-Head Hawk-Moth at StrabaneAuthor(s): Andrew DohertySource: The Irish Naturalists' Journal, Vol. 1, No. 14 (Nov., 1927), p. 276Published by: Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd.Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25531442 .Accessed: 14/06/2014 12:20</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.</p><p> .</p><p>Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The IrishNaturalists' Journal.</p><p>http://www.jstor.org </p><p>This content downloaded from 195.78.108.163 on Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:20:12 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=injhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/25531442?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>276 The Irish Naturalists' Journal. [Vol. I. </p><p>DEATH'S-HEAD HAWK-MOTH AT STRABANE. On 16th September last a specimen of this moth was found on the </p><p>street here dying and brought to me. ANDREW DOHERTY. Butcher Street, Sirabane, Co. Tyrone. </p><p>TREE-WASPS' NEST INHABITED BY SPIDER. In September last I found here a small deserted nest of one of the </p><p>tree-wasps, Mr. Stelfox thinks it was probably that of Vespa sylvestris, in which a spider had made its home. (Miss) MONA O'CONNOR. </p><p>Ballyloughan, Bruckless, Co. Donegal. [Dr. A. R. Jackson, of Chester, identifies the spider as a rather large </p><p>female of Zilla atrica C.L.K., a species normally inhabiting trees and bushes.?Ed.] </p><p>MALE IRISH YEW. </p><p>By K. Lloyd Praeger, D.Sc, M.E.I.A. </p><p>The history of the Irish or Florencecourt Yew, so character istic of graveyards and formal terraces in our country, is well </p><p>known. A farmer named Willis found two young plants of this </p><p>upright form of the common yew on the mountains above Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh, about 1780. One he planted in his own garden (it has long since disappeared); the ether was </p><p>planted at Florencecourt, the Earl of Enniskillen's seat, where it may still be seen. It wras propagated by cuttings, and all the Irish yews in cultivation have originated from this single Irish </p><p>plant. It is a female tree?the yew bears the male and female flowers on separate individuals?and in consequence all the Irish </p><p>yews in existence are also female, since cuttings merely repeat in all details the characters of the plant from which they are </p><p>taken. (The sex of the other original plant is not known.) In order to obtain fertile seed from the Irish yew the flowers must be pollinated, and the only pollen available is that of a male plant of the ordinary form. Seedlings appear practically always to revert to the type, though occasionally a seedling may have a trace of the fastigiate habit; a single exception is given by Elwes and Henry (Trees of Great Britain and Ireland, I, 110); in this case one seedling out of several was fastigiate like the Irish yew; its sex is cot on record. There is one record, unfortunately in </p><p>complete, of a male Irish yew, sprays with male flowers having been received by Dr. Maxwell Masters from Mr. Tillet, of Sprous ton, near Norwich, some thirty-five years ago (Gardener's </p><p>Chronicle, 3rd ser. x. (1891) 68) ; whether these came from a true male plant is not known, but common yew has been known </p><p>occasionally to produce flowers of both sexes. The circumstances </p><p>justify Mr. Elwes' pronouncement (I.e.) that no true male Irish </p><p>yew has ever been met with. </p><p>This being so, the discovery of male Irish yews in cultivation is of no little interest. The facts are fully set forth by Mr. W. </p><p>J. Bean, Curator of the Eoyal Gardens, Kew, in the Kew Bulletin for 1927, pp. 2f54-5. He writes that he has received shoots of </p><p>yew " </p><p>undoubtedly male and undoubtedly Irish " </p><p>from Mr. W. H. B. Fletcher, of Aid wick Manor, Bognor, Sussex. Mr. Fletcher reports finding these male Irish yews, of both the </p><p>This content downloaded from 195.78.108.163 on Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:20:12 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p>Article Contentsp. 276</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsThe Irish Naturalists' Journal, Vol. 1, No. 14 (Nov., 1927), pp. 269-288Editorial [pp. 269-270]The Irish Hare [pp. 271-273]A Novel Museum [pp. 273-275]Zoological SiftingsOtters in County Down [p. 275-275]The Grey Squirrel Spreads to Westmeath [p. 275-275]Red-Backed Shrike on Rockabill [p. 275-275]Black Terns on Lough Mask [p. 275-275]Convolvulus Hawk-Moth in County Tyrone [p. 275-275]Death's-Head Hawk-Moth at Strabane [p. 276-276]Tree-Wasps' Nest Inhabited by Spider [p. 276-276]</p><p>Male Irish Yew [pp. 276-277]Botanical SiftingsA Second Station for Spiranthes Romanzoffian in County Kerry [p. 277-277]Bartsia viscosa L. in County Galway [p. 277-277]Bartsia viscosa L. in County Londonderry [p. 277-277]</p><p>Palaeolithic Man in Ireland [pp. 278-279]Botanical SiftingsCounty Down Botany Notes, 1927 [p. 279-279]</p><p>Excavation of White Park Bay Kitchen Midden Site [pp. 280-282, 284]The Children's Page: The Mistletoe [p. 283-283]Prehistoric Mammals of Ireland: IV (Concluded) [pp. 284-285]Our Library TableReview: untitled [p. 285-285]Review: untitled [p. 286-286]Review: untitled [p. 286-286]Review: untitled [p. 286-286]Review: untitled [p. 286-286]</p><p>News of the Societies [pp. 287-288]CorrespondenceThe Vegetation of Curraun, Achill [p. 288-288]The Musk in Ireland [p. 288-288]</p></li></ul>