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Image number: RS.11687
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Chief butterfly and mimic




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

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height (painting): 218mm
width (painting): 134mm


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Entomological studies of the Chief butterfly, Amauris echeria (figure 42) native to South Africa, with the mimic Hypolimnas mima (figure 41). These specimens were illustrated from the collection of Philip Crowley of Croydon. Showing a single upper surface of each of the insects’ wings.

Plate 17 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 ‘Hyp. Mima Natal. Amauris Echeria Grahamstown’. 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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