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Pharmacophagus antenor, giant swallowtail

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Pharmacophagus antenor, giant swallowtail

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

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This stunning image is Plate 15 from "Insects of India," a seminal work by the renowned Scottish naturalist and artist, Edward Donovan. The illustration showcases the Pharmacophagus antenor, also known as the giant swallowtail butterfly (Atrophaneura aristolochiae), perched gracefully on the petals of a common rose (Rosa spp.). Donovan's meticulous attention to detail is evident in the intricate depiction of both subjects. Edward Donovan (1768-1837) was a prolific naturalist and artist, best known for his extensive work on the insects of India. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Donovan arrived in India in 1793 as an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company's army. His passion for natural history led him to collect and document the diverse fauna of India, resulting in the publication of "Insects of India" between 1805 and 1835. The giant swallowtail butterfly is a large, beautiful insect belonging to the family Papilionidae. It is native to the Old World tropics, including India. The butterfly is named for its resemblance to a swallowtail, a bird commonly found in the region. The common rose, a flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, is a familiar sight in gardens worldwide. In India, it is an essential component of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Donovan's illustration captures the delicate balance between the giant swallowtail and the common rose, highlighting the intricate relationship between insects and angiosperms. The plate serves as a testament to Donovan's skill as an artist and his dedication to documenting the natural world. This image remains an invaluable resource for researchers, naturalists, and enthusiasts alike, providing a glimpse into the rich biodiversity of India over two centuries ago.

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