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Image number: RS.14180
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Glassy tiger butterfly

Date

1880-1881

Creator

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

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 290mm
width (print): 210mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Entomological studies of a butterfly and a caterpillar.

Figures 1 and 2 are male and female male Ideopsis vulgaris, or blue glassy tiger butterflies, referred to here as a Radena exprompta. Their uppersides are blackish-brown. The male's forewing is black, spotted with pale blue, while the female's is spotted with a whitish-brown.

Figure 2a depicts the larval stage of the glassy tiger. It is purple, with yellow and white spots. Shown side on, the caterpillar appears to be crawling along a branch. The pupa, hanging below, is pale green.

Plate 2 from The Lepidoptera of Ceylon, by Frederic Moore, vol. 1 (1880-1881). Frederic Moore (1830-1907) British entomologist was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. Moore's son, Frederic C Moore, illustrated this volume.

Inscribed below: ‘F.C. Moore del el Lith L. Reeve & Co. London Vincent Brooks Day & Son Imp’

Associated place

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      > Sri Lanka