Butterfly wings and mould Martin Frobene Ledermuller
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Butterfly wings and mould
Two nature studies. Figure 1 (top) shows an unidentified butterfly with variations in wing colour, and structural details shown by microscope. Figure 2 (bottom) shows a jar within which is a dead fly with a surrounding floating mass of mould, again with details shown under magnification.
Plate 49 from Amusement microscopique, tant pour l'esprit que pour les yeux, contenant... estampes... d'apres nature...by Martin Frobene Ledermuller, plates volume (Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, Nuremburg, 1764).
Inscribed above: ‘TAB.XLIX.’ Inscribed below: ‘M.F.Lederm. del. A.W.W. exc.’
The accompanying text is headed: ‘Table XLIX. Figure I. Plumes de Ailes d’un Papillon Changeat. [Wing scales of an iridescent butterfly]. Figure II. Une Isle flotante de Champignons.’ [A floating isle of mushrooms].
Martin Frobene [Frobenius] Ledermuller (1719-1769) German naturalist was employed in various capacities as a notary, turning to microscope studies after an illness induced temporary deafness.
- Image reference: RS-18150
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