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 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 Vanessa Urticae an old figure

WB Vanessa Polychloros an old figure for better figures see p133

WB Vanessa Io an old figure

WB Vanessa Cardui. July 31. 1862. Imago Aug. 28. on thistle. Immature. July 17. 1865. on mallow E.M.M.V. 278

WB Vanessa Atalanta. July 1. 1862. Imago July 28. B. July 21. Imago Aug 31. In folded leaves of nettle.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
Common Name
butterfly caterpillar drawings
Simple Name
Full Name
lepidoptera larvae drawings
Production Person Surname
Production Person Initials
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

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