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  • British Butterflies & Their Transformations illustrated by Henry Noel Humphries Published 1841-1849 by subscription. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • Butterfly illustrated is Lasiommata megaera: Male, Female and wing underside. the caterpillar and chrysalis is just below. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • Butterfly illustrated is Hipparchia semele: Male, Female, underside, caterpillar and Chrysalis. www.historyrevisited.com.au

Insect Butterflies Humphreys Lasiommata Hipparchia Antique Print


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Insects Lepidoptera Butterflies Lasiommata Hippararchia Caterpillar Chrysalis British Butterflies

Plate 18. Lassiommata magaera & Hipparchia semele Butterflies with Male, Female, underside, Caterpillar & Chrysalis of both. Copper, Yellow Orange tones.

Botany illustrated: As part of the integrity of illustration Humphreys includes the botanical varietal preferred by the respective species in this instance the Bromis sterilis (Barren Brome-grass with wheat-like seed heads)

Genuine antique hand coloured lithograph with applied gum arabic after British naturalist, illustrator and entomologist Henry Noel Humphreys (1810-1879)

Published originally by subscription 1841-49, with species character descriptions by J. O. Westwood, Secretary of the Entomological Society, a revised & corrected New Edition was published by William & Robert Chambers, London & Edinburgh in 1860.

Condition = Excellent. Supplied with copy of original butterfly descriptions.

Image size = 21.5 x 28.5 cm / 8.6 x 11.4 inch

British Museum & Henry Noel Humphreys

 As a naturalist and entomologist Humphreys' was most particular that his illustrations layout the comprehensive life cycle transformation from caterpillars to butterflies by virtue of the chrysalis.  His method of visually explaining the idea of "metamorphosis" so impressed the British Museum curators that they adopted his meticulous display concept. "The study of natural history is the learning of the characters with which the wonderful story of nature is written; and cannot conceive a more pleasing and natural introduction to its general study than entomology, of which I think the division of Lepidoptera...the most easy and attractive section. " H.N. Humphreys, Esq, 1860



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