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Lepidopteran Collection

"Lepidopteran Wonders: A Kaleidoscope of Butterfly Beauties" Step into the enchanting world of Lepidoptera, where vibrant hues and delicate wings take flight

Background imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran Collection: Sea green swallowtail butterfly

Sea green swallowtail butterfly
Sea green swallowtail (Papilio lorquinianus) butterfly. This butterfly is found in Indonesia, Sulawesi, Borneo, Java, Sumatra and in the Philippines

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299

Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly. This butterfly is found in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Specimen obtained from the University of Valencia, Spain

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Crowned hairstreak butterfly

Crowned hairstreak butterfly (Thecla coronata). This is the underside of a female specimen from Tungurahua, Ecuador

Background imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

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

Background imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

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

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Spanish festoon butterfly

Spanish festoon butterfly (Zerynthia rumina). This specimen is from Spain

Background imageLepidopteran 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 imageLepidopteran Collection: Morpho rhetenor, blue morpho butterfly

Morpho rhetenor, blue morpho butterfly
Illustrative plate of a blue morpho butterfly from Insects of China by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Pieridae sp. clouded yellow butterflies

Pieridae sp. clouded yellow butterflies
Original drawing for a plate in A field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Europe. Artwork by Brian Hargreaves. This picture must not be used without permission from Brian Hargreaves

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Ornithoptera croesus, Wallaces golden birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera croesus, Wallaces golden birdwing butterfly

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Peppered moth

Peppered moth
Two specimens of peppered moths exhibited on a soot-covered tree. This is a good demonstration of genetic selection through changing environment

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) see 51935

Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) see 51935
Bates collections and notebooks are held at the Natural History Museum, London. Bates is best known for his publication Naturalis on the River Amazon (1863) and his work on mimicry

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Examples of mimicry among butterflies

Examples of mimicry among butterflies
Plate from On the lepidoptera of the Amazon Valley. Transactions of the Linnean Society, by H.W. Bates, 1862

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Butterfly studies

Butterfly studies
A plate from a field note book of Rose Monteiro depicting butterfly studies

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: H. W. Bates illustrated notebook

H. W. Bates illustrated notebook
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 imageLepidopteran Collection: Madagascan sunset moth

Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus). This moth is endemic to Madagascar

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Fulgora laternaria, peanut head bug

Fulgora laternaria, peanut head bug. How the peanut head bug got its name is self-evident. Its spectacular head is shaped like a peanut and, at six centimetres or so, is almost as long as its body

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Caterpillar egg

Caterpillar egg
Scanning electron microscope image of a caterpillar egg (x 90), the caterpillar emerges by chewing through the shell (x 350)

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Morpho menelaus, blue morpho

Morpho menelaus, blue morpho
Scanning electron microscope image of the wing scales from the wing of a South American blue morpho butterfly (x 670 on a standard 9 cm wide print)

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Morpho menelaus, Cramers blue butterfly

Morpho menelaus, Cramers blue butterfly

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Issoria Lathonia, Lura park, Lomazzo, Como province, Lombardy, Italy

Issoria Lathonia, Lura park, Lomazzo, Como province, Lombardy, Italy

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Macro of Marbled White butterfly or Melanargia galathea on a red flower. Lombardy, Italy

Macro of Marbled White butterfly or Melanargia galathea on a red flower. Lombardy, Italy

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium

Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium Hand-coloured engraving based on Maria Sibylla Merian watercolour. 1726 edition

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus), underside, sitting on a blade of grass, Altmuehlsee

Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus), underside, sitting on a blade of grass, Altmuehlsee, Bavaria, Germany
altmuehlsee, animals, auf, bayern, blades, blades of grass, body of water, butterflies, butterfly, countryside, deserted, diurnal butterflies, diurnal butterfly, europe's, fauna, frg, german

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Silver-green blue (Lysandra coridon) Underside Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals

Silver-green blue (Lysandra coridon) Underside Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals, Bad Neustadt an der Saale
animals, bavarian, bayern, body of water, butterflies, butterfly, chalkhill blue, chalkhill blues, conservation area, deserted, diurnal butterflies, diurnal butterfly, europe's, fauna, frg

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Silver-green blue (Lysandra coridon) Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals

Silver-green blue (Lysandra coridon) Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals, Bad Neustadt an der Saale
animals, bavarian, bayern, body of water, butterflies, butterfly, chalkhill blue, chalkhill blues, conservation area, deserted, diurnal butterflies, diurnal butterfly, europe's, fauna, frg

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Chalkhill blues (Lysandra coridon) Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals

Chalkhill blues (Lysandra coridon) Other animals, Insects, Butterflies, Animals, Bad Neustadt an der Saale
animals, bavarian, bayern, body of water, butterflies, butterfly, chalkhill blue, chalkhill blues, conservation area, deserted, diurnal butterflies, diurnal butterfly, europe's, fauna, frg

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Unpublished lepidoptera watercolour by Eleazar Albin

Unpublished lepidoptera watercolour by Eleazar Albin
Plate from an album of unpublished watercolours of Lepidoptera by Eleazar Albin, 1720. Species depicted have not yet been identified

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: AE-5972-3096

AE-5972-3096
Scarlet-tipped Wasp Mimic Moth (Dinia eagrus) ~ Misiones, Argentina, South America

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Icones Ornithopterorum by Robert Rippon, 1816-1917

Icones Ornithopterorum by Robert Rippon, 1816-1917, English zoologist, entomologist and illustrator

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Lycaenidae, hairstreak butterflies

Lycaenidae, hairstreak butterflies
Original drawing for a plate in A field guide to the butterflies of the West Indies. Artwork by Brian Hargreaves. This image must not be used without permission from Brian Hargreaves

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Ornithoptera allottei, birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera allottei, birdwing butterfly
Image of the underside of a mounted male specimen of a birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera allottei)

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Polyommatus icarus, common blue butterfly

Polyommatus icarus, common blue butterfly
Plate 46 from Illustrations of British butterflies and their larvae, with the plants on which they feed (1892) by Theo Johnson

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Adonis blue butterfly

Adonis blue butterfly from the collections at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Xanthopan morganii praedicta, Madagascan sphinx moth

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

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Papilio ulysses telegonus, swallowtail butterfly

Papilio ulysses telegonus, swallowtail butterfly
Butterfly from Australasia/Batjan etc. On display at the Natural History Museum at Tring, part of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Moth egg

Moth egg
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a moth egg (x 90). The caterpillar emerges by chewing through the shell

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Idea idea, idea tree nymph

Idea idea, idea tree nymph
Plate 24, an illustration of a pair of idea tree nymphs from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Danaus chrysippus, plain tiger butterfly

Danaus chrysippus, plain tiger butterfly
Photograph of a specimen of a plain tiger butterfly collected from Southern Europe

Background imageLepidopteran Collection: Zebra Mosaic and Stinky Leafwing, caterpillars

Zebra Mosaic and Stinky Leafwing, caterpillars
Plate no. 26 from the collection of Jamaican Lepidoptera 1889-1898. Watercolour on paper, 1892 by Lady Edith Blake (1845-1926). Held in the Library and Archives Date: 1892



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"Lepidopteran Wonders: A Kaleidoscope of Butterfly Beauties" Step into the enchanting world of Lepidoptera, where vibrant hues and delicate wings take flight. From the majestic Ornithoptera alexandrae, also known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly, to the mesmerizing sea green swallowtail butterfly, each species captivates with its unique charm. Among them is Phoebis sennae, the cloudless sulphur butterfly, gracefully fluttering through meadows in a burst of sunny yellow. And let us not forget Xanthopan morganii praedicta, the sphinx moth with its long proboscis perfectly adapted to sip nectar from deep-throated flowers. The crowned hairstreak butterfly showcases intricate patterns on its wings that resemble a regal crown fit for royalty. Meanwhile, Painted lady butterfly C016/2299 flaunts an artistic masterpiece painted by nature itself. Enter the realm of Morpho cypris - behold the breathtaking blue morpho butterfly. Its iridescent azure wings shimmer like precious gemstones under sunlight. These butterflies hail from Amazon rainforests and are celebrated in H. W. Bates' enthralling book "Butterflies from the Amazon. " Speaking of entomological wonders, imagine exploring H. W. Bates' illustrated notebooks filled with meticulous observations and sketches capturing these delicate creatures in their natural habitats. Delve deeper into this captivating world as you encounter various entomological specimens of Lepidoptera meticulously preserved for scientific study and admiration alike. Finally, meet the Spanish festoon butterfly - a true embodiment of elegance and grace with its striking black-and-white patterned wings that dance effortlessly through fields and gardens. In this vast tapestry woven by nature herself, Lepidopterans reveal their timeless allure through colors that defy imagination and patterns crafted with unparalleled precision.