This unpublished scientific illustration depicting the life stages of the Scrofa Hawk Moth, Hippotion scrofa, by Arthur Bartholomew was commissioned by Sir Frederick McCoy, Director of Museum Victoria, as part of his zoological research. It 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, Museum Victoria's first major publication first published in 1878.

Bartholomew illustrated the caterpillar, pupa, and adult moths, noting the date of each successive transition towards metamorphosis. When the perfect imago (adult insect) emerged, the species would be identified by William Kershaw, pinned and entered into the collection. The level of detail attained by Bartholomew in these illustrations makes them one of the most significant contributions to natural history illustration in colonial Australia.

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Coprosma Hawk Moth, Hippotion Scrofa, by Arthur Bartholomew. Illustration - Pencil, water colour and varnish on paper 25 cm x 15 cm. Unpublished illustration, No. 2, commissioned by Frederick McCoy as part of his zoological research.

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  • Collection Names

    Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria

  • Collecting Areas

    Scientific Art & Observation

  • Artist

    Arthur Bartholomew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Support


  • Drawing Number

    II (2)

  • State


  • Primary Inscriptions

    Colour green in frist stage / black second stage and brown third stage.

  • Secondary Inscriptions

    hind foot

  • Tertiary Inscriptions

    Imago from larva in / cabinet. (Also illegible notes on right hand bottom corner. Probably Kershaws' notes) - April 1873 the larva of this Moth is more plentiful this season / than I have seen it before feeding on the leaves of the / common english Dock and very varied in colour at all stages. /(The green is as (...) as the other (...) mainly black with converse marks.

  • Classification

    Scientific artwork, Illustration, Paper

  • Taxon Name

    Hippotion scrofa

  • Author and date of publication

    (Boisduval, 1832)

  • Preferred Common name

    Coprosma Hawk-moth

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  • Phylum


  • Subphylum


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  • Order


  • Superfamily


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  • Category

    Natural Sciences

  • Discipline

    Scientific Artwork

  • Type of item


  • Framed

    848 mm (Width), 648 mm (Height)
    Art of Science, 2 items in single frame: PZD 2 & PZD 299

  • Overall Dimensions

    25 cm (Width), 15 cm (Height)

  • Exhibition Collection Management

    155 mm (Width), 255 mm (Height)

  • Maximum dimensions

    253 mm (Width), 154 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. width 154-156 [irreg.]

  • Maximum dimensions

    155 mm (Width), 253 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation.