Summary

Watercolour illustration (D248) of pupae from which adults of the Imperial White Butterfly, Delias harpalyce [as Pieris (Thyca) harpalyce], have emerged. This work by Arthur Bartholomew, dated 3 September 1861, also depicts the mistletoe host plant and the she-oak on which the mistletoe grows. Bartholomew illustrated many hundreds of species for the Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

This illustration forms part of the much larger Prodromus Collection. Many of the original illustrations in the collection informed the production of the two volume work 'The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria', the first major publication of the National Museum of Victoria.

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Imperial White Butterfly, Delias harpalyce (Donovan) by Arthur Bartholomew. Drawing, pencil, watercolour, ink and varnish on paper, 3 Sept 1861, 26cm x 21cm. Drawing for Plate 9 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

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