fingers, perfectly unhurt. He had caught it as it was sitting with wings erect, sucking up the liquid from a muddy spot by the roadside. Many of the finest tropical butterflies have this habit, and they are generally so intent upon their meal that they can be easily approached and captured. It proved to be the rare and curious Charaxes kadenii, remarkable for having on each hind wing two curved tails like a pair of
callipers. It was the only specimen I ever saw, and is still the only representative of its kind in English collections.
In the east of J ava I had suffered from the intense heat and drought of the dry season, which had been very inimical to insect life. Here I had got into the other extreme of damp, wet, and cloudy weather, which was equally unfavorable. During the month which I spent in the interior of West Java I never had a really hot fine day throughout. It rained almost every afternoon, or dense mists came down