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Curtis British Entomology Plate 436

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Curtis British Entomology Plate 436

Hymenoptera: *Emphytus fasciatus (Banded Tenthredo) [Plant: Sparganium simplex (Less Burr-reed)] Date: 1824-39

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1820s 1830s Banded Butterflies Butterfly Curtis Entomology Fasciatus Hymenoptera Ledipotera Less Simplex Sparganium


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This image is taken from Curtis's British Entomology, Plate 436, featuring the Banded Tenthredo, or Emphytus fasciatus, a striking member of the Hymenoptera order. The insect, with its slender body and distinctive yellow and black bands, is shown in the act of feeding on the Less Burr-reed, or Sparganium simplex. The plant, native to wetlands and shallow water, can be identified by its tall, slender stems and simple, linear leaves. John Curtis, FLS, the renowned English naturalist and entomologist, produced this exquisite work between the 1820s and 1830s, during the 19th century's golden age of scientific discovery. The meticulously hand-colored print showcases the intricate details of both the insect and the plant, providing an accurate and detailed record of their appearances. The Less Burr-reed, a common sight in wetlands and shallow waters, plays an essential role in the ecosystem, providing food and shelter for various aquatic organisms. The Banded Tenthredo, on the other hand, is a predator, feeding on aphids and other small insects. This delicate balance between predator and prey is beautifully captured in this image. The Ledipteran insects, which include both butterflies and their close relatives, the sawflies, are a diverse and fascinating group. The Banded Tenthredo, with its distinctive appearance and important ecological role, is a prime example of the intriguing creatures that can be found within this order. This image is a testament to the beauty and importance of the natural world, and a reminder of the vital role that naturalists and entomologists play in documenting and understanding the intricacies of the natural world.

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