Bulletin 12 - November 1980: Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

A.R. Pittaway
15 Beech Hall Road
London E4 9NJ
25 June 1980

Dear Mrs. Donohue

I read with interest your note in the Amateur Entomologist Society Bulletin regarding the formation of a national history group in the UAE.

From 1977 to 1980 I worked around the Gulf area and in my spare time collected butterflies, moths and dragonflies with a view to eventually publishing a small, colored butterfly 'hand guide of the area'. As a prelude I've written a number of 'papers' on the Gulf butterflies (2 enclosed), hoping to get a response from people with information on the area indicated by the enclosed sample map.

I would be most interested if your society were able to supply me with information/specimens of butterflies from the UAE, particularly from the Jabal Adhan, Sha'am and Al Khaft region. In return, I would be more than willing to assist with the identification of problem butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and plants. In the meantime, please find enclosed one reference/guide slide of some of the Gulf butterflies; two slides of Apharitis mymecophila, a species I'm particularly interested in, and check lists of butterflies and dragonflies from eastern Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
T. Pittaway

PS E.W. Classey is bringing out a book this autumn/winter entitled 'Butterflies of Oman' by T.B. Larsen which should cover most, if not all of the species to be found in the UAE, however, I would not be surprised if a number of new species turn up in the area between Muscat proper and the Musandam Peninsula.

Jan Arne Stenlokk
Skrenten 57
3250 Larvik, Norway

Dear Mrs. Donohue

I read with interest your notice in the last issue of the A.E.S. bulletin. As I study biology, and collect insects, mainly butterflies and beetles, I would be very interested in correspondence or exchange with those who might be interested. I am also interested in fossils and geology, besides nearly all aspects of zoology. I write with entomologists in Japan, US, Sweden, England and some other places, and would be happy to get in touch with someone from the Middle East.

I hope to hear from you.

Yours sincerely
Mr. Jan A. Stenlokk


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