Royal chambers of a termite colony Henry Smeathman
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Royal chambers of a termite colony
Four figures showing sectional views of the royal chamber within a termite hill and its entrance, together with studies of a broken-open chamber with Queen and retinue.
Plate 8 figures 1-4 from the paper “Some account of the termites, which are found in Africa and other hot climates”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society vol.71 part 1 1781 pp.139-192.
Henry Smeathman (1742–1786) English naturalist, known for his work in entomology and colonial settlement in Sierra Leone. In 1771 Quaker Physician John Fothergill, along with two other members of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks and Marmaduke Tunstall, sponsored Smeathman to spend four years in and around the Sierra Leone peninsula studying its natural history, specifically its insects. His research relied heavily on individuals involved in slave-trading networks for support and assistance.
- Image reference: RS-8498
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