1875 Variation Apollo Parnasius butterfly

1875 Variation Apollo Parnasius butterfly

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 1875 Original and accurate paintings of subspecies of the rare and endangered Apollo Butterfly (Parnassius apollo) by an unidentified European Artist. Part of a remarkable series of original paintings of European Papilionids that appear to have been prepared as plates for a book which was never finished or published. (From the photographer's collection). Approximate age established through watermark of paper. Shown here are various of the European subspecies of apollo butterflies showing the variation that is naturally found between the isolated populations of this rare alpine butterfly.

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Keywords: 1800s, 19th century, alpine, apollo, art, artwork, butterfly, colour, entomology, europe, european, illustration, isolation, lepidoptera, papilionid, sub species, swallowtail, variation

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