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"Exploring the Enchanting World of Hexapods: From Ornithoptera alexandrae to Xanthopan morganii praedicta" The stunning beauty of Ornithoptera alexandrae

Background imageHexapod Collection: Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester

Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester
The common mormon (Papilio polytes) and the blue mormon (Papilio polymnestor). Plate 20 from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Acherontia atropos, death s-head hawk-moth

Acherontia atropos, death s-head hawk-moth
A mounted specimen of the death s-head hawk-moth, which takes its name from the skull-like image on its thorax. Specimen from the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageHexapod Collection: Entomology Specimens

Entomology Specimens
A specimen tray from the Natural History Museums Entomology Department showing the diversity of insects in terms of shape, size and colours

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

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a plant, sunbathing

Background imageHexapod Collection: Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle

Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle
Silver chafer beetle specimen. The beetles have a base pigment covered by several colourless microscopically thin layers called laminae

Background imageHexapod Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth

Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth
Darwins sphinx moth, found in Madagascar. The species as a whole is known as Morgans sphinx

Background imageHexapod Collection: Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae by de Charpentier

Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae by de Charpentier
Illustration of dragonflies. Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae illustrated and described by Toussint de Charpentier, 1840

Background imageHexapod Collection: Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) basking in the morning light, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK

Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) basking in the morning light, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. July

Background imageHexapod Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Ophrys apifera, bee orchid

Ophrys apifera, bee orchid
Watercolour by Arthur Harry Church, 17 June 1913

Background imageHexapod Collection: Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model

Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model
A large scale model of the devils coach horse beetle (Ocypus olens). A beetle that is commonly found beneath logs. Held within the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageHexapod Collection: Leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaf

Leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaf
Leaf-cutter ants transporting neatly extracted pieces of leaf. These ants derive from the rainforests of Central and South America

Background imageHexapod Collection: Mosquito in Dominican amber

Mosquito in Dominican amber
A mosquito in trapped and preserved in Dominican amber. Lower Miocene about 20 million years old. Image from Amber The Natural Time Capsule. Figure 90

Background imageHexapod Collection: Cladognathus sp. stag beetle

Cladognathus sp. stag beetle
A specimen of a large stag beetle from Asia. Stag beetles belong to the family (Lucanidae). Only male stag beetles have horns or antlers

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Beetles

Beetles
Double page spread of pencil and watercolour illustrations and sketches of beetles by Henry Walter Bates

Background imageHexapod Collection: Cimex lectularius, bed bug

Cimex lectularius, bed bug
Scanning electron microscope image of a bed bug (x 17). The sucking mouthparts enable the feeding bedbugs to pierce the hosts tissues and siphon out a blood meal

Background imageHexapod Collection: Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetle

Background imageHexapod Collection: Schistocerca gregaria, desert locust

Schistocerca gregaria, desert locust
A desert locust perching on a branch. Locusts sometimes swarm to form groups of up to 80 million and can migrate over large distances

Background imageHexapod Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

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

Background imageHexapod Collection: Sabatia bartramii, savannah pink & Eacles imperialis, imperi

Sabatia bartramii, savannah pink & Eacles imperialis, imperi
Drawing 11 (Ewan 38) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Beetle illustrations

Beetle illustrations
Double page spread of pencil and watercolour illustrations of beetles by Henry Walter Bates

Background imageHexapod Collection: Coloured sketches of insects

Coloured sketches of insects on Page 35 from Bates notebook 1. Bates was a renowned Victorian entomologist

Background imageHexapod Collection: Dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies from Collection of Drawings by Dutch Artists, 17th-19th centuries. Held in the Entomology Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageHexapod Collection: Gromphadorhina portentosa, hissing cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa, hissing cockroach
A pair of hissing cockroaches also known as the Madagascan hissing cockroach. This species of roach is chocolate brown with no wings

Background imageHexapod Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

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

Background imageHexapod Collection: Simulium damnosum, Simulian blackfly

Simulium damnosum, Simulian blackfly
Scanning electron microscope image of the head showing the compound eye (x 130). The fly is a vector of a parasite which causes River Blindness. Coloured artifically by computer

Background imageHexapod Collection: Flea illustration

Flea illustration
Page 201 from Micrographia or some Physiological description of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses (1665) by Robert Hooke

Background imageHexapod 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 imageHexapod Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 4 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageHexapod Collection: Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) pink colour morph, camouflaged on an orchid

Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) pink colour morph, camouflaged on an orchid. Captive, from Malaysia

Background imageHexapod Collection: Mottled Shieldbug or Stink Bug -Rhaphigaster nebulosa-, larva, Untergroeningen

Mottled Shieldbug or Stink Bug -Rhaphigaster nebulosa-, larva, Untergroeningen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, Europe

Background imageHexapod Collection: Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) white colour morph camouflaged on an orchid. Captive

Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) white colour morph camouflaged on an orchid. Captive. Originating from Malaysia

Background imageHexapod Collection: Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) Portrait on an Oak bud, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) Portrait on an Oak bud, Hertfordshire, England, UK, May - Focus Stacked - Captive

Background imageHexapod Collection: Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) roosting on larval foodplant Ribwort plantain

Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) roosting on larval foodplant Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), UK - Captive - Focus Stacked Image

Background imageHexapod Collection: Trap-jaw ant (Odontomachus hastatus) with mandibles open, Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru

Trap-jaw ant (Odontomachus hastatus) with mandibles open, Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru

Background imageHexapod Collection: Calleta silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta), Texas USA Controlled conditions

Calleta silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta), Texas USA Controlled conditions

Background imageHexapod Collection: RF - Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) nectaring on flower. North Tyrol, Austria

RF - Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) nectaring on flower. North Tyrol, Austria. June. Focus stacked image. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageHexapod Collection: Small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene) butterfly on oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene) butterfly on oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Marsland mouth, North Devon, UK. May 2017

Background imageHexapod Collection: European swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon gorganus) on flower, Mercantour National Park

European swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon gorganus) on flower, Mercantour National Park, Provence, France, June

Background imageHexapod Collection: RF - Devils flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica) male, captive, occurs in Africa

RF - Devils flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica) male, captive, occurs in Africa



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"Exploring the Enchanting World of Hexapods: From Ornithoptera alexandrae to Xanthopan morganii praedicta" The stunning beauty of Ornithoptera alexandrae, commonly known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly, leaves us in awe with its vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Acherontia atropos, also known as the death's-head hawk-moth, captivates our attention with its skull-like markings and mysterious allure. Delving into the world of entomology specimens reveals a treasure trove of fascinating hexapods that amaze both scientists and enthusiasts alike. Witnessing a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) sunbathing on a plant is like catching a glimpse of nature's own artwork, where warmth meets tranquility. Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) basking in the morning light at Vealand Farm in Devon, UK create an ethereal scene straight out of a fairytale. The Chrysina limbata silver chafer beetle showcases its metallic sheen as it scuttles through nature's tapestry, adding shimmer to every step it takes. With its majestic wings resembling peacock feathers, Inachis io or the peacock butterfly graces our gardens with elegance and grace. Phoebis sennae, also known as the cloudless sulphur butterfly, brings sunshine wherever it goes with its bright yellow wings fluttering against clear skies. Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae by de Charpentier offers us an artistic glimpse into Europe's dragonflies' enchanting realm—a true feast for our eyes. Marvel at the incredible strength and teamwork displayed by leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter across Costa Rica—an inspiring example from nature's builders.