image lydekker r_royal natural history_v6_p10
Image number: RS.10846
Credit: © The Royal Society

‘Mimicry in insects’

Date

c.1896

Creator - Organisation

After

H Morin (active late 19th century), Artist

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 225mm
width (print): 165mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect
nature
   > plant

Description

Composite study of twenty-seven camouflaged insects in a woodland scene that includes a cowslip (Primula veris). The insects include several butterflies and moths from different regions of the world, notably the Green hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys rubi), the dead leaf butterfly (Kallima inachus) and the buff-tip moth (Phalera bucephala).

Plate facing p.10 in the book The royal natural history edited by Richard Lydekker...vol.6 (Frederick Warne, London 1896).

The plate has a tissue overlay to identify each insect with numbered captions. Signed lower left: ‘H Morin’. Title appears below the image: ‘MIMICRY IN INSECTS’.

Richard Lydekker (1849-1915) British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1894.

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