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Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Durio zibethinus, durian fruit

Durio zibethinus, durian fruit
Plate 146 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester

Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester
The common mormon (Papilio polytes) and the blue mormon (Papilio polymnestor). Plate 20 from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ara ararauna, blue-and-yellow macaw

Ara ararauna, blue-and-yellow macaw
Plate 41, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly
A mounted specimen of Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from Papua New Guinea. Male specimen measuring 188 mm across wingtips. See 14964 for the female which is larger

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Parus caeruleus, blue tit

Parus caeruleus, blue tit
A blue tit (Parus caeruleus) in flight, U.K.The blue tit is common throughout Britain living mainly in deciduous woodland. Photographed by Frank Greenaway

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth

Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth
Darwins sphinx moth, found in Madagascar. The species as a whole is known as Morgans sphinx

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Angraecum sesquipedale, Madagascan orchid

Angraecum sesquipedale, Madagascan orchid
This species of orchid was used by Darwin to prove his theories of evolution. Illustration from The British Museum (Natural History) by Peter Whitehead and Colin Keates, 1981

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfl

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfl
Digital image of the upperside of a mounted specimen of a Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from the family Papilionidae

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Oenothera grandiflora, evening primrose

Oenothera grandiflora, evening primrose
Unnumbered drawing (Tab IV) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: 20th Century Art: Weevil (Rhopalomesites tardyi), 1998 by Ma

20th Century Art: Weevil (Rhopalomesites tardyi), 1998 by Ma
Watercolour. Russell is an example of a scientist turned artist. Trained initially as an entomologist his combined love of beetles and art resulted in a series of exceptional drawings of weevils

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Daucus carota, carrot

Daucus carota, carrot
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Cactua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo

Cactua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo
Large Series plate 24, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China. The plant is Erythrina arborescens

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Varecia variegata, ruffed lemur

Varecia variegata, ruffed lemur
LS Plate 74 of the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China, 1774-1856

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ornithoptera croesus, Wallaces golden birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera croesus, Wallaces golden birdwing butterfly

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Viola tricolor, heartsease

Viola tricolor, heartsease
Folio 62 from A Collection of Flowers (1795) by John Edwards. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Cirtus paradisi, grapefruit

Cirtus paradisi, grapefruit
Tab 65 from Histoire naturelle des Orangers 1818-1820 by Antoine Risso. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London. This illustration is entitled Pompelmouse chadec

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea spectabilis visited by butterflies Date: circa 1840

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Strelitzea sp. bird of paradise flower

Strelitzea sp. bird of paradise flower
Plate 911 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Cladognathus sp. stag beetle

Cladognathus sp. stag beetle
A specimen of a large stag beetle from Asia. Stag beetles belong to the family (Lucanidae). Only male stag beetles have horns or antlers

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Idea idea, idea tree nymph

Idea idea, idea tree nymph
Plate 24, an illustration of a pair of idea tree nymphs from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Theobroma cacao, cocoa plant

Theobroma cacao, cocoa plant
Plate 178 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Butterflies in Larousse

Butterflies in Larousse
Various decorative butterflies Date: 1913

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Euchroma gigantea, giant jewel beetle

Euchroma gigantea, giant jewel beetle
A specimen of a giant jewel beetle a member of the family (Buprestidae) from South America, from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ornithoptera allottei, birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera allottei, birdwing butterfly
Image of the underside of a mounted male specimen of a birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera allottei)

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Dicronorhina sp. rose chafer beetle

Dicronorhina sp. rose chafer beetle
A rose chafer beetle from Africa from the family Scarabaeidae; Cetoniinae. Chafer beetles have a characteristic V-shape where their wings meet and are a member of the same family as dung beetles

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova

Orangier des Gcnes, Arancio di Genova
Tab. 8 from Histoire naturelle des Orangers 1818-1820, by Antoine Risso (1777-1845)

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ara macao, scarlet macaw

Ara macao, scarlet macaw
Plate 25, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Helianthus annuus, sunflower

Helianthus annuus, sunflower
Plate 578 from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Inachis io, peacock butterfly

Inachis io, peacock butterfly
Plate 23 from Illustrations of British butterflies and their larvae, with the plants on which they feed, by Theo Johnson, 1892

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Limonier sauvage, Limone sylvatico

Limonier sauvage, Limone sylvatico
Tab. 70 from Histoire naturelle des Orangers 1818-1820, by Antoine Risso (1777-1845)

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Adonis blue butterfly

Adonis blue butterfly from the collections at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Erithacus rubecula, European robin

Erithacus rubecula, European robin
An European robin (Erithacus rubecula) in flight, U.K. Photographed by Frank Greenaway

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Ramphastos vitillenus, channel-billed toucan

Ramphastos vitillenus, channel-billed toucan

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Nyrustuca moschata, nutmeg

Nyrustuca moschata, nutmeg
Illustration by Margaret Bushby Lascelles Cockburn (1829-1928). Held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Tropaeolum majus, nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus, nasturtium
Drawing by Arthur Harry Church, 1903. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Idea tambusisiana, tree-nymph

Idea tambusisiana, tree-nymph
Butterfly discovered on the slopes of Gunung Tambusisi on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia in 1981 by Anthony Bedford-Russell

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Pieridae sp. clouded yellow butterflies

Pieridae sp. clouded yellow butterflies
Original drawing for a plate in A field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Europe. Artwork by Brian Hargreaves. This picture must not be used without permission from Brian Hargreaves

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Moduza nuydai, butterfly

Moduza nuydai, butterfly
Photograph of the Moduza nuydai, Family Nymphalidae (Limenitidinae). Photographed by Harry Taylor

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Moduza nuydai, butterfly

Moduza nuydai, butterfly
Photograph of the Moduza nuydai, Family Nymphalidae (Limenitidinae). Photographed by Harry Taylor

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Moduza nuydai, butterfly

Moduza nuydai, butterfly
Photograph of the Moduza nuydai, Family Nymphalidae (Limenitidinae). Photographed by Harry Taylor

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Crenidomimas concordia, butterfly

Crenidomimas concordia, butterfly
Photograph of the underside of a Crenidomimas concordia, Family Nymphalidae (Nymphalinae). Photographed by Harry Taylor

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Chaetodon sp. butterflyfish

Chaetodon sp. butterflyfish
Plate 30 by Louis-Isidore Duperrey from his Voyage de la Coquille 1822-1825, Zoologie Atlas, 1826. Lower fish labelled Holocanthe

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Parthenos sylvia lilacinus, clipper butterfly

Parthenos sylvia lilacinus, clipper butterfly
A subspecies of the clipper butterly from the Malay Peninsula. The clipper butterfly ranges from Sri Lanka, India and Thailand through Indonesia to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Parthenos sylvia virens, clipper butterfly

Parthenos sylvia virens, clipper butterfly
A subspecies of clipper butterfly from southern India. The clipper butterfly ranges from Sri Lanka, India and Thailand through Indonesia to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Portunus pelagicus, flower crab

Portunus pelagicus, flower crab
Cut out from Plate 49, watercolour by Ferdinand Lucas Bauer from his collection of Zoological drawings

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Balistoides conspicillum, clown triggerfish

Balistoides conspicillum, clown triggerfish
A close up of plate 178 (LS) from the John Reeves Collection. John Reeves, a 19th Century Tea Inspector, travelled to Canton

Background imageNatural History Museum Collection: Limulus polyphemus, horsehoe crab

Limulus polyphemus, horsehoe crab
LS Plate 95 from the John Reeves Collection. John Reeves, a 19th Century Tea Inspector, travelled to Canton, China in order to develop a large collection of Chinese natural history drawings



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