image catesbyrs vol271
Image number: RS.18815
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Green tree frog

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > frog

Description

Zoological study of a green tree frog, Dryophytes cinereus, referred to here as Rana viridis arborea, shown perched on the leaf of a skunk cabbage specimen, Symplocarpus foetidus.

Signed and inscribed: 'Rana Arum'

Written in the associated description: 'They are numerous in Virginia and Carolina, frequenting both herbacious Plants, and the loftiest Trees. They appear seldom in the Day, but at Night are very active and noisy, leaping from Spray to Spray, on the tallest Trees, catching Fire Flies and other Insects, incessantly chirping chit chit chit chit.'

Plate 71 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas