Purple emperor butterfly, 19th century

Purple emperor butterfly, 19th century

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Purple emperor butterfly. This artwork, by the British entomologist and illustrator John Curtis (1791-1862), is from 'British Entomology'. This 16-volume work was published between 1824 and 1839, and covered 770 insect species.

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