image moore,f_lepidopetera_of_ceylon_pl3_crop
Image number: RS.14181
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Plain tiger butterfly

Date

1880-1881

Creator

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

Object type

Library reference

55974

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 1a are male and female Danaus chrysippus, or plain tiger butterflies, referred to here as Salatura chrysippus. Their uppersides are brownish-black, and their forewings are a dark orange, with a black marginal band covered in white spots.

Figure 1b depicts the larval stage of the plain tiger. It is yellow with black and grey bands. Shown side on, the caterpillar appears to be crawling up the stem of a flower. The pupa, hanging above, is pale green.

Plate 3 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