image catesbyrs vol283
Image number: RS.18827
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Common hoptree and tiger swallowtail

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Study of a common hoptree specimen, Ptelea trifoliate, referred to here as Frutex virginianus trifolius, and an Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, referred to here as Papilio caudatus maximus.

Plate 83 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