Thread subject: :: Villeneuve's collection - where is it?

Posted by ChrisR on 09-05-2012 16:43

Just trying to track down a "lost" specimen of Bothria subalpina that Villeneuve wrote about and which might be held in Villeneuve's collection somewhere. Is it in the museum in Paris and would anyone know any entomologists who are in a position to go there and look for the specimen for me?

This species has recently appeared in Scotland (collected by Murdo MacDonald and determined by David Horsfield) and, in a communication with David, Peter Tschorsnig mentioned that Villeneuve wrote of a specimen that he had been sent by Wainwright from "Birmingham", which sounds like a very intriguing and odd locality. It would be very interesting to track it down and confirm the identification and the locality for the records :)

Posted by Tony Irwin on 09-05-2012 21:35

Try Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique - I believe that they have at least a proportion of Villeneuve's collection.

Posted by ChrisR on 10-05-2012 00:00

That's interesting Tony - I will see if I can find anyone who can check for us :)