image catesbyrs vol297
Image number: RS.18841
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Pithecellobium bahamense and tiger swallowtail




Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference





Content object

   > plant
      > flower


Study of a branch of Pithecellobium bahamense, referred to here as Acacia foliis amplioribus, and a tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, referred to here as Papilio diurna.

Written in the associated description: 'The Leaves are like those of the Phillirea, growing by Pairs. The Flowers are globular, composed of numerous scarlet Filaments, produced from small green Capsila's; many of the Flowers grow together on long Footstalks, at the Ends of slender Branches'.

Plate 97 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