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 Nonagria Typhae Aug 26 1863 Moth emerges Sept 17th in stem of Typha latifolia. the pupa inside the stem with the head downwards.
WB Nonagria Crassicornis in stem of Arundo Phragmites June 22 1864