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Wallace's golden birdwing butterfly - The famous biologist Alfred Russel Wallace named this beautiful and endangered species of butterfly. He even wrote about it in his book The Malay Archipelago which was published in

African leaf butterfly - This male leafwing butterfly was purchased by the Museum in 1971. When at rest with its wings closed, the butterfly resembles a dry leaf. This camouflage protects it from predators.

African leaf butterfly - This male leafwing butterfly was purchased by the Museum in When at rest with its wings closed, the butterfly resembles a dry leaf. This camouflage protects it from predators.

This eared commodore butterfly is part of a collection of East African butterflies donated by Mrs Buckler in 1947. According to the label this specimen was collected in ‘Ngong Forest, 6 miles from Nairobi, Kenya. Aug 26 1936’.

This eared commodore butterfly is part of a collection of East African butterflies donated by Mrs Buckler in According to the label this specimen was collected in ‘Ngong Forest, 6 miles from Nairobi, Kenya.

Lilac tip butterfly - This butterfly was originally part of Suffert’s collection before being added to that of Mr Joicey whose collection was donated to the Museum. This specimen was collected in Lindi, Tanzania in 1912.

Lilac tip butterfly - This butterfly was originally part of Suffert’s collection before being added to that of Mr Joicey whose collection was donated to the Museum. This specimen was collected in Lindi, Tanzania in

This butterfly was collected on Dobo, the largest of the Indonesian Aru Islands

This butterfly was collected on Dobo, the largest of the Indonesian Aru Islands

This female specimen was collected on the Maroni River in French Guiana, It is part of Captain G. C. Woodward’s collection that was donated to the Museum in 1955.

This female specimen was collected on the Maroni River in French Guiana, It is part of Captain G. Woodward’s collection that was donated to the Museum in

In 1901 indigenous hunters collected this butterfly at Tien-Tsuen. It entered the collection of P. Dejean and later that of Oberthur which was given to the British Museum. The Trustees of the British Museum later donated it to RAMM.

In 1901 indigenous hunters collected this butterfly at Tien-Tsuen. It entered the collection of P. Dejean and later that of Oberthur which was given to the British Museum. The Trustees of the British Museum later donated it to RAMM.

This butterfly was collected in Africa in May 1919. It is part of Mr Symington’s collection which was donated to the Museum in 1942 by his sister.

This butterfly was collected in Africa in May It is part of Mr Symington’s collection which was donated to the Museum in 1942 by his sister.

This butterfly is from the collection of RDH Arundell. It was collected in Bukoba Tanganyika. This area of Tanganyika is now known as Tanzania

This butterfly is from the collection of RDH Arundell. It was collected in Bukoba Tanganyika. This area of Tanganyika is now known as Tanzania

Purple leafwing butterfly - When it is at rest with its wings closed it looks just like a dry leaf

Purple leafwing butterfly - When it is at rest with its wings closed it looks just like a dry leaf

This butterfly was collected in January 1902 in Africa and was donated to the Museum in Mr Joicey’s butterfly collection in 1934.

This butterfly was collected in January 1902 in Africa and was donated to the Museum in Mr Joicey’s butterfly collection in

Apollo butterflies are vulnerable in the wild. This one was collected in the Burgos Province, Spain, and was collected by W. L. Coleridge

Apollo butterflies are vulnerable in the wild. This one was collected in the Burgos Province, Spain, and was collected by W.

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