Insects of the Eastern Archipelago, collected by AR.Wallace
from May 1. 1854 to January 1858.
[a list of Coleoptera collected and their numbers follow under
Singa[pore] Malac[ca] 6 months
Borneo 15 months
Macassar 6 months
Aru 6 months
Ambotyna 1 month
The above totals are I think, under rather
than over the mark.
[a list of Lepidoptera collected and their numbers follows under
Total no. of species
[written vertically to the right of the list]
The numbers here given are certainly not far from the truth.
It appears that in all orders except Coleop.
[tera] & Lep.
[?] I surpass you
considerably in the number of species. Whether this is owing to
your attention being so much absorbed by the hosts of your
butterflies as to prevent your attending to the less interesting
groups, or whether it shows a real deficiency in S. America to
balance its undoubted superiority in Diwuii
[?], is a question of much
interest. You might partly solve it by resolutely devoting a month
to the Hymenop.[tera] Diptera &c. almost exclusively, which
compared with my average months collecting in these groups would
furnish data for determining the point. ARW