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Caterpillar drawings and photographs

This illustration is a page from a volume of William Buckler’s watercolour drawings of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Reverend John Hellins, a friend of Buckler’s and the vicar at Exeter...

Butterfly caterpillar drawings

This illustration is a page from a volume of William Buckler’s watercolour drawings of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Reverend John Hellins, a friend of Buckler’s and the vicar at Exeter...

Fungus drawing: Bovista plumlea

Watercolour drawing by Richard Cresswell. Miss Aviolet bound all his fungi drawings into two volumes and wrote identifications at the bottom of the sheet. Annotations: on the ground Oct 3/71. Bovista...

Mrs Bowditch of Taunton

Rachel Bowditch née Pile was born in Cheddon Fitzpaine, Somerset and married Samuel Bowditch of Taunton in 1779. She and her son James ran a pawnbrokers and drapery in the...

Roof boss

This is part of the collection of Harry Hems, an Exeter-based Victorian master woodworker and stone sculptor. He collected many pieces of medieval woodwork during his renovations of churches, but...

Convolvulus hawk-moth

Frank Lees found this hawk-moth larva as an egg. He reared it until 20 October 1950 when he preserved it....

Common chaffinch

Carl Linnaeus gave the chaffinch its scientific name in 1758. He called it ‘coelebs’ meaning bachelor because he noticed that in Sweden, where he lived, winter flocks were mostly made...

Barbed and tanged arrowhead

Barbed and tanged arrowheads are a characteristic stone tool made in the early Bronze Age. They are often found in burials with Beaker pottery and copper objects. This example comes...

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