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Butterflies Collection

"Captivating and Colorful: Exploring the World of Butterflies" Step into the enchanting world of butterflies, where vibrant hues and delicate wings take flight

Background imageButterflies Collection: Hares, 1878 (oil on canvas)

Hares, 1878 (oil on canvas)
659635 Hares, 1878 (oil on canvas) by Hermansen, Olaf August (1849-97); 62x52 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Hares. Olaf August Hermansen (1849-1897). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1878

Background imageButterflies Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly
A mounted specimen of Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from Papua New Guinea. Male specimen measuring 188 mm across wingtips. See 14964 for the female which is larger

Background imageButterflies Collection: A Golden Girl by Barribal

A Golden Girl by Barribal
A colour illustration of a young girl holding a piece of golden fabric, mimicking the surrounding butterflies

Background imageButterflies Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 7 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageButterflies Collection: Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly
The RED ADMIRAL and other English butterflies

Background imageButterflies Collection: London Pride & Gold. Rod

London Pride & Gold. Rod
SAXIFRAGA URBIUM (LONDON PRIDE) and SOLIDAGO VIRGAUREA (GOLDEN ROD) depicted with various butterflies

Background imageButterflies Collection: Camberwell beauty - on honeysuckle

Camberwell beauty - on honeysuckle
VG-231 Camberwell Beauty / Mourning Cloak Butterfly - on honeysuckle Nymphalis antiopa Paul Van Gaalen Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageButterflies Collection: Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly
RED ADMIRAL & PEACOCK BUTTERFLIES. Their brightly coloured wing markings are shown clearly

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by J Mulder, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imageButterflies Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 9 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageButterflies Collection: Countryside Flowers and Butterflies

Countryside Flowers and Butterflies
Red Admiral and Peacock Butterflies amid a mass of vegetation including berries, rosehips, ivy and holly

Background imageButterflies Collection: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a plant, sunbathing

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a plant, sunbathing

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by P Sluyter, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imageButterflies Collection: Two monarch butterflies rest for a moment in a garden of flowers. Px291

Two monarch butterflies rest for a moment in a garden of flowers. Px291
TOM-1055 Wanderer / MONARCH / Milkweed Butterflies - resting in garden of flowers. Danaus plexippus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageButterflies Collection: British Butterflies - Various

British Butterflies - Various - including: Chalk Hill Blue Butterfly (male), Wood White Butterfly, Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (female), Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (at rest)

Background imageButterflies Collection: Papillons - butterflies

Papillons - butterflies
Variety of butterflies and moths. Date: 1930

Background imageButterflies Collection: Inachis io, peacock butterfly

Inachis io, peacock butterfly
Plate 23 from Illustrations of British butterflies and their larvae, with the plants on which they feed, by Theo Johnson, 1892

Background imageButterflies Collection: Morpho cypris, blue morpho butterfly

Morpho cypris, blue morpho butterfly
Butterfly from Central America. South America. Specimen on display at the Natural History Museum at Tring, part of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageButterflies Collection: Phoebis sennae, cloudless sulphur butterfly

Phoebis sennae, cloudless sulphur butterfly
Photograph of a mounted specimen of cloudless sulphur. Male. Species occurs on the Galapagos Islands

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterflies in Larousse

Butterflies in Larousse
Various decorative butterflies Date: 1913

Background imageButterflies Collection: I kiss your little hand, madame, by J. Nicolson

I kiss your little hand, madame, by J. Nicolson
Illustration of a glamorous lady catching butterflies

Background imageButterflies Collection: Folklore / Fairies

Folklore / Fairies
Fairy flying with butterflies

Background imageButterflies Collection: Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies

Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies. Digital Manipulation: all created
A-016-m Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies Digital Manipulated image Ardea London contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageButterflies Collection: The Sketch Summer Number front cover, 1933

The Sketch Summer Number front cover, 1933
Stunning, graphic, art deco style front cover designed by Erte with stylised flowers, butterflies and a face in profile

Background imageButterflies Collection: Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
JZ-2729 Wanderer / MONARCH / Milkweed Butterfly USA Danaus plexippus Jim Zipp Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: CLY02021

CLY02021
AUS-243 Wanderer / MONARCH / Milkweed Butterfly - female, on Sunflower (Helianthus sp.) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Danaus plexippus Densey Clyne / Auscape / ardea.com Auscape Please note that

Background imageButterflies Collection: Red Admiral Butterfly-feeding upon Buddlia in garden. Lower Saxony, Germany

Red Admiral Butterfly-feeding upon Buddlia in garden. Lower Saxony, Germany
USH-1732 Red Admiral Butterfly - feeding upon Buddelia in garden. Lower Saxony, Germany. Vanessa atalanta Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageButterflies Collection: Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterflies and flowers on a palette-shaped Christmas card

Butterflies and flowers on a palette-shaped Christmas card
Butterflies and flowers with a snow scene on a palette-shaped Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageButterflies Collection: H. W. Bates illustrated notebooks

H. W. Bates illustrated notebooks
Plate 7 from a notebook of Henry W. Bates (1825-92) relating to the insect fauna of the Amazon Valley or DRW, 1851-1854

Background imageButterflies Collection: Pharmacophagus antenor, giant swallowtail

Pharmacophagus antenor, giant swallowtail
Giant swallowtail butterfly and the common rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae). Plate 15 from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageButterflies Collection: Peacock BUTTERFLY

Peacock BUTTERFLY
ME-673 Peacock BUTTERFLY Inachis io Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: BUTTERFLY WING - close-up of wing

BUTTERFLY WING - close-up of wing
PPG-20 BUTTERFLY WING - close-up of wing, Cethosia Pascal Goetgheluck Please note that prints are personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterflies, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Butterflies, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Butterflies, 19th century. Top Left: Wall Butterfly, Underside. Top right: Hedge Brown. Top centre: Speckled Wood, Underside. Middle left: Speckled Wood. Middle right: Ringlet

Background imageButterflies Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera
Unidentified photograph of mounted specimens of butterflies and moths

Background imageButterflies Collection: Butterflies from the Amazon by H. W. Bates

Butterflies from the Amazon by H. W. Bates
A page (p 144) from a notebook of Henry W. Bates relating to the insect fauna of the Amazon Valley or DRW, 1851-1854

Background imageButterflies Collection: Wanderer / Monarch / Milkweed Butterfly - caterpillar

Wanderer / Monarch / Milkweed Butterfly - caterpillar
LB-3393 Wanderer / Monarch / Milkweed Butterfly - caterpillar Danaus plexippus Ian Beames Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: Peacock Butterfly- 2 feeding on Buddleia plant blossom, Lower Saxony, Germany

Peacock Butterfly- 2 feeding on Buddleia plant blossom, Lower Saxony, Germany
USH-2025 Peacock Butterfly - 2 feeding on Buddleia plant blossom Lower Saxony, Germany Inachis io Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageButterflies Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera
Unidentified photograph of mounted specimens of butterflies and moths

Background imageButterflies Collection: Caprimulgus vociferus, whip-poor-will

Caprimulgus vociferus, whip-poor-will
Plate 82 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageButterflies Collection: Monarch / Wanderer / Milkweed Butterfly

Monarch / Wanderer / Milkweed Butterfly
FG-4751 Wanderer / Monarch / Milkweed Butterfly Overwintering, after migration. Mexico Danaus plexippus Distribution: North, Central & South America, New Zealand, Australia, Canary Islands

Background imageButterflies Collection: The Butterfly by Muriel Dawson

The Butterfly by Muriel Dawson
A little girl, knee deep in a field of wild flowers, picks some to make a charming bunch on which a Red Admiral butterfly lingers

Background imageButterflies Collection: Camberwell Beauty - resting on bramble 005780

Camberwell Beauty - resting on bramble 005780
BB-1533 Camberwell Beauty / Mourning Cloak Butterfly - resting on bramble Nymphalis antiopa Brian Bevan Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageButterflies Collection: El Segundo Blue Butterfly

El Segundo Blue Butterfly
MOP-70 El Segundo Blue Butterfly Euphilotes battoides allyni B Moose Peterson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: Two-tailed Pasha / Foxy Charaxes

Two-tailed Pasha / Foxy Charaxes
PPG-1620 Twin-tailed / Two-tailed Pasha / Foxy Charaxes Charaxes jasius Pascal Goetgheluck Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfl

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfl
Digital image of the upperside of a mounted specimen of a Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from the family Papilionidae

Background imageButterflies Collection: Swallowtail - on flower wings closed 005765

Swallowtail - on flower wings closed 005765
BB-1515 Swallowtail - on flower wings closed Papilio machaon Brian Bevan Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageButterflies Collection: Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) on Bramble (Rubus fructicosus) leaves, Gamlingay Wood

Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) on Bramble (Rubus fructicosus) leaves, Gamlingay Wood, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, April, UK



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"Captivating and Colorful: Exploring the World of Butterflies" Step into the enchanting world of butterflies, where vibrant hues and delicate wings take flight. From the majestic Ornithoptera alexandrae, also known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly, to the mesmerizing Camberwell beauty perched gracefully on a honeysuckle, these creatures never fail to captivate our hearts. Intriguingly named species like Red Admiral Butterfly and London Pride & Gold Rod add an air of mystery to their already fascinating existence. As we delve deeper into their realm, we discover that they can not just beautiful insects but also important pollinators in nature's intricate tapestry. Travel with us to Surinam, where exotic Insects of Surinam flutter amidst breathtaking landscapes. Countryside Flowers and Butterflies create a picturesque scene that evokes tranquility and harmony with nature. Maria Sibylla Merian's stunning illustrations bring these winged wonders to life; her meticulous attention to detail showcases each butterfly's unique patterns and colors. Whether it is the sunbathing Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) or another masterpiece by Merian herself, every illustration tells a story worth exploring. As we admire A Golden Girl by Barribal or witness two monarch butterflies taking a momentary rest in a garden blooming with flowers, we realize that these fragile creatures symbolize transformation and resilience. They remind us that even in moments of stillness, there is always potential for growth and beauty. So let us immerse ourselves in this magical world filled with fluttering wings and kaleidoscopic colors. Let us celebrate the gracefulness as they dance through meadows and gardens alike – reminding us all to embrace change while cherishing every fleeting moment of life's journey.