The Death's-Head Moth in Ulster

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<ul><li><p>The Death's-Head Moth in UlsterAuthor(s): W. E. HartSource: The Irish Naturalist, Vol. 23, No. 12 (Dec., 1914), p. 248Published by: Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd.Stable URL: .Accessed: 14/06/2014 05:39</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .</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</p><p> .</p><p>Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The IrishNaturalist.</p><p> </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:39:39 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p></p></li><li><p>24&amp; The Irish Naturalist. December, </p><p>NOTES, ZOOLOGY. </p><p>Trichoniscus vividus in Co. Kerry. Mr. A. W. Stelfox sent me several specimens of the Woodlouse, Tri </p><p>choniscus vividus (Koch), taken by him in Kerry, S. Mr. Stelfox says :? " The first specimens were taken under a very rotten log near the bank </p><p>of a small stream in the plantations of Burnham, Lord Ventry's demesne, on Dingle Harbour. Many other examples were seen here, but all under </p><p>very rotten wood. These plantations are mainly artificial, but in some </p><p>parts there is, I fancy, a foundation of native scrub. In them are many exotic shrubs, and no doubt some species of animals have been imported </p><p>with these. In one area the presence of the snail Hygromia rufescens, </p><p>gives proof of this." If T. vividus be native here?and there appears to </p><p>be no reason why it should not be so?it is an interesting extension of its </p><p>range. In the Britannic area it had previously only been known from </p><p>south-east Ireland, having been recorded from the counties of Waterford, </p><p>Kilkenny, Wexford, Carlow, and Queen's Co. </p><p>Nevin H. Foster. </p><p>Hillsborough, Co. Down. </p><p>The Death's-head Moth in Ulster. </p><p>Although not common, the Death's-head Moth is well known in northern </p><p>Ireland, and is regarded by the country folk with superstitious horror. I </p><p>have not had the good fortune to have taken it myself, but more than one </p><p>living specimen has been, brought to me in former years. </p><p>W. E. Hart. </p><p>Kilderry, Co. Donegal. </p><p>The Short-eared Owl. On September 17th I saw perched on a stack of oats in a field beside </p><p>the road at JCilranelagh, Co. Wicklow, an owl, which from what I saw of </p><p>it whilst driving past I believe to have been a Short-eared Owl. The </p><p>general appearance of the bird was dark buff above, with heavy dark brown streaks and blotches ; the under parts were dull buff or </p><p>yellowish, also streaked with dark brown, as was the facial disk and wings. The tufts on the head were quite short. I could not see the legs plainly, as, though the trap I was in was only going at a walk, I was not close </p><p>enough to see them distinctly. Perhaps the above may be of sufficient </p><p>interest to publish, as the Short-eared Owl is only a winter-visitor to </p><p>Ireland, and I have never seen a specimen so early as the date on which </p><p>I saw the bird mentioned. </p><p>Helen M. Metcalfe. </p><p>Enfield, Co. Kildare. </p><p>Doubtless the bird seen by our correspondent was a Short-eared Owl. </p><p>This species, however, may be observed in some seasons as early as August. </p><p>The Editors., </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:39:39 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p></p><p>Article Contentsp. 248</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsThe Irish Naturalist, Vol. 23, No. 12 (Dec., 1914), pp. 241-254Bird Rushes and Wrens [pp. 241-247]News Gleanings [p. 247-247]NotesTrichoniscus vividus in Co. Kerry [p. 248-248]The Death's-Head Moth in Ulster [p. 248-248]The Short-Eared Owl [p. 248-248]</p><p>ReviewsReview: Clare Island Geology [pp. 249-250]Review: Lamarck in English [pp. 250-251]</p><p>Irish Societies [pp. 252-254]</p></li></ul>