image catesbyrs vol284
Image number: RS.18828
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Scentless mock orange, mountain laurel and luna moth

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of a branch of a scentless mock orange, Philadelphus inodorus, showing its leaves and white flowers, with a mountain laurel specimen Kalmia latifolia twined around its lower half. Below is a luna moth, Actias luna, referred to in the associated description as the 'Four Eye’d Night Butterfly', Phalaena plumata caudata.

Plate 84 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