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 jail, complied it. Hellins writes ‘Figures commenced to be placed in this book Feb 21 1861 with very few exceptions they are by Mr W Buckler – of Emsworth, Hants – who has generously sent me his figures of all species of Lepidopterous larvae – which for any reason were not secured at once in his own Book. J.H.’
The notes read:
WB Lalia (Orgyia) caenosa. June 27. 1863. on Arundo phragmites
WB Orgyia Gonostigma. α. Septr 1st. 1863 - before hybernation. β. May 27. 1864. full grown. on oak, osier etc
WB Diaphora mendica June 30. 1868. on plantain moth out April 17. 1869
WB Spilosoma Menthiasti Aug 14. 1863. on elm. immature,
WB Demas Coryli. august 7. 1868. moth out June 18. 169 on birch + alder
WB Porthaesia chryorrhoea. July 13. 1866. Moth out 24 august. on hawthorn.
WB Euthemonia russula. Oct 22. 1867. on lettuce. some larvae go thro’ all their changes before winter - + others hybernate, + do not complete their changes till the next year.