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 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 Acronycta Strigosa. Septr. 10th. 1864. on Hawthorn. β. Septr. 1. 1866.

WB Acronycta ligustri. Septr 12 and 19. 1864 - on privet and ash.

WB Dipthera orion. Septr 4. 1860. reared from the egg on oak & birch

WB Acronycta Tridens. figure too large. Aug. 27. 1860. moth out July 4. 1861 on Pear + Plum.

WB Acronycta Psi an old drawing

WB Acronucta Rumicis α - an old drawing. β. Var: Oct 19. 1863. on bramble, clover etc.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
Common Name
caterpillar drawings
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Full Name
lepidoptera larvae drawings
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Production Person Initials
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

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