image catesbyrs vol291
Image number: RS.18835
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Scarlet cordia, morning glory and Polyphemus moth

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower
nature
   > plant
      > fruit
nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Botanical study of two plant specimens: scarlet cordia, Cordia sebestena, showing red flowers and green fruits, and morning glory, Ipomoea carolina, shown twined around the stem of the former, with pink flowers. Below, a Polyphemus moth, Antheraea polyphemus, referred to in the associated description as the 'Great Moth', Phalaena ingens.

Plate 91 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
         > Florida
<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
         > Carolinas
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas