Butterfly, 17th century artwork

Butterfly, 17th century artwork

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Caption: Butterfly, 17th century artwork. Butterflies are winged insects that develop from a larval form known as a caterpillar. The larvae eat leaves, while butterflies feed on nectar. The wing patterns can help distinguish males and females, and can also help to deter predators. This is a woodcut from a book by the English naturalist and physician Thomas Muffet (1553-1604). The book was titled Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum (Theatre of Insects), and was published in London in 1634.

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