image catesbyrs vol2100
Image number: RS.18844
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Lily thorn and zebra swallowtail

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

Description

Study of a lily thorn specimen, Catesbaea spinosa, referred to here as Frutex spinosus buxi foliis, showing leaves, flowers and fruit, and; two zebra swallowtails, Protographium marcellus, referred to here as Papilio caudatus carolinianus, as seen from above and in left profile.

Plate 100 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