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 Leucania Turca. The first figure taken March 13. 1862. The second, April 5. The Third April 25. Moth out June 18. Found on grass.
WB Leucania Phragmitidis June 27. 1863. on Arundo Phragmites.
WB Leucania Obsoleta. Aug. 18. 1864. on Arundo Phragmites.
WB Leucania pudorina. June 6. 1864. moths out July 18. on common reed and coarse grass.