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 Pscilocampa populi. June 18. 1864 on white poplar Blue variety.

WB Gastropacha quercifolia. June 16. 1871. moth out July 29. on sloe-hawthorn etc

Callimorpha Hera. Taken by Mr H D’Orville in his garden at Alphington, near Exeter, 14 August, 1871. It was taken in the evening, resting on flowers of Tanacetum vulgare. These figures are by Mr D’Orville himself.

WB Psyche nitidella. June 13. 1871 on bramble. killed accidentally

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
Common Name
caterpillar drawings
Simple Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Person Initials
William; Henry
Production Person Surname
Buckler; D’Orville
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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lepidoptera larvae drawings