lepidoptera

1935

Coleliades immaculata, Carpenter

This is a type specimen described by Geoffrey Hale Carpenter, who studied African Lepidoptera obsessively, investigating how bird predators shaped butterfly mimicry pattern.

1879

Lyssa boopsWestwood

Collected by Alfred Russel Wallace, this specimen was used by the first Hope Professor at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, John Obadiah Westwood, to describe the species.

2006

Arcas gozmanyi, Balint

This is a type specimen from the Lycaenidae family, many of which have symbiotic relationships with ants. In some species the larvae are protected by ants which in turn feed on the caterpillars’ honeydew.

1925

Morpho menelaus, Le Moult 

This Morpho butterfly was described by Eugène Le Moult, who collected it in the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela in 1925. It was widely hunted by collectors in the 20th century. However, deforestation remains the main threat to the survival of this species.

Images and text sourced from Paul Smith et al and OUMNH Light Touch.