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Image number: RS.14182
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Tiger butterflies

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 butterflies.

Figures 1 and 1a are male and female Parantica taprobana, or Ceylon tiger butterflies, referred to here as Chittira fumata. Their uppersides are rich brown, as are their forewings, deeper in the male than in the female. Both forewings are spotted with greenish-white.

Figures 2 and 2a are male and female Danaus genutia, or common tiger butterflies, referred to here as Salatura genutia. Also known as the striped tiger to differentiate it from the plain tiger butterfly. Their uppersides are orange, and their forewings are brownish-orange, with a black marginal band covered in white spots.

Plate 4 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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