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Image number: RS.17665
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Hawk moth with insects and spiders

Date

1630

Creator

Jacob Hoefnagel (b.1575, Flemish), Engraver

Object type

Library reference

40489

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 201mm
width (print): 300mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Entomological studies of insects and spiders arranged around a centrally placed moth, possibly the Elephant hawk moth Deilephila elpenor. Sixteen in insects are shown, with six spiders. The former include a specimen of the Great diving beetle Dytiscus marginalis (centre right), a water strider and two crickets (lower left and right). There is a small vignette of two ants scavenging a fly.

Plate 5 from the collection Diversae insectarum volatilium icones ad vivum accuratissime depictae, by Jacob Hoefnagel (Amsterdam, Nicolao Ioannis Visscher, 1630).

The plate is numbered, ‘5’, lower right.

Jacob Hoefnagel (1575-c.1630) Flemish artist and engraver, the son of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1601) Flemish artist.