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Image number: RS.11686
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Monarch butterfly and mimics




Frederic C Moore (active 1880s-1890s, British), Artist

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height (painting): 218mm
width (painting): 150mm


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Entomological studies of a butterfly, here designated Danais chianippe from Sulawesi [Celebes] Indonesia, possibly the local variety of the Monarch butterfly (figure 38) with male and female Hypolimnas mimics (figures 36-37). Showing a single upper surface of each of the insects’ wings.

Plate 15 from the manuscript version of the paper “On the mimetic forms of certain butterflies of the genus Hypolimnas” by Charles Swinhoe, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, vol.53 (1893), pp.321-325.

Inscribed below in pencil ‘H. bolina celebes’ with male and female symbols and ‘D. chianippe…’Signed in ink lower left: ‘F.C.Moore del/91’.

Colonel Charles Swinhoe (1838-1923), British lepidopterist, was a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He collaborated with the entomologist and artist Frederic Moore (1830-1907) on the volumes comprising Lepidoptera Indica (London, Lovell Reeve & Co., 1890-1913). Moore’s son, Frederic C. Moore, contributed plates to those volumes.

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