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Abbot, John, 1751-1840 :Papilio turnus. [Between 1816 and 1818]

Reference Number: E-272-f-010

Two yellow, black and blue swallowtail butterflies with pupa and caterpillar shown on a twig in leaf and flower. According to the notes accompanying the 1983 reproduction of this work "A common and widespread woodland species found in the United States and in Canada, although less abundantly in the extreme south of its range...it is probably the earliest known American butterfly ... seen here on the Wafer Ash or Hop Tree (Ptelia trifoliata Linnaeus) ... a shrub or small tree of rocky soils on the eastern United States. The bitter fruits can be used as a substitute for hops and the plant is sometimes used as an ornamental." The butterfly is now known as Papilio glaucus or Tiger swallowtail, because of its colouring.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Natural history drawings and Watercolours, related to National Library Gallery Wild things; botanical and zoological art from the Alexander Turnbull Library and Papilionidae.

Part of:
Abbot, John 1751-1840 :Original drawings of insects by J Abott. [1816?], Reference Number E-272-f (103 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Watercolour on cream wove paper 345 x 250 mm. Vertical imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: See: Parkinson, P.G. in Turnbull Library record, vol 11 no 1 May 1978.

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Use photographic copies in preference to original.

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-005247)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Recto - top right: 10 [in pencil]; also bottom centre: turnus [in pencil]; Verso - Ptelia trifoliata [the name of the plant shown]. Pap. turnus. [in pencil]

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