This is the
third part of the series I have undertaken as a Scientific Associate of the
Natural History Museum, with access to collections, libraries and with working
space and facilities provided in the Department of Entomology. I am grateful
also for continued use of a microscope and computer equipment on loan from the
International Institute of Entomology (now part of CABI Bioscience).
have enjoyed the support of a part-time research assistant, Maia Vaswani,
generously funded by The Friends of the Natural History Museum. My thanks are
due to them and to Maia, who has undertaken a considerable amount of literature
research, translation and dissection, text checking, keyboarding and help with
preparation of the figures. Much support in seeing the series through to
publication in Malaysia continues to be provided by Henry Barlow, who also
markets the reprint edition and underwrites the cost of the colour plates. The
colour plates were photographed by Bernard D'Abrera. I am very grateful to my
wife, Phillipa, for the long hours she put in at the keyboard to produce
camera-ready copy for the text and figure legends.
work would have been impossible without the full access, mentioned above, to the
collections and other facilities in The Natural History Museum, London. Material
was also examined in, or from, the Australian National Insect Collection,
Canberra, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum,
Leiden, Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm, the University Museum, Oxford,
the H.S. Barlow collection, the Forest Research Centre collection, Sepilok and
the FRIM collection, Kepong. I am grateful to the staff of all the above
institutions for their assistance, to Dr R. Gaedike of DEI, Eberswalde, for
searching for Strand types and to Chey Vun Khen and Jurie Intachat of the last
two for access to unpublished host records. Such records were also gleaned from
data taken from material submitted to IIE over the years for identification (See
Systematic account). Shen-Horn Yen kindly supplied photographs of facies and genitalia of
Matsumura generic type species from Taiwan.
are also due to the following for their critical comments on all or part of the
text: Henry Barlow, Ian Kitching, Malcolm Scoble. Dick Vane-Wright. The work
also benefited from interactions at various times with Ugo Dall'Asta, Douglas
Ferguson, Laurence Kirton, Ian Kitching, and Alexander Schintlmeister.