Historic Specimens

This page contains images of specimens that are considered historic, such as those of extinct subspecies.

Family: Papilionidae

Swallowtail (Papilio machaon ssp. britannicus)

Swallowtail - imago - Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire - Jun-1916 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) from the extinct race at Wicken Fen. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
23-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Tiger Swallowtail - imago - National Museum of Ireland, Dublin - 25-Sep-13 [NMH]

Photo © NMH
The single specimen captured at Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland in late 1932. Copyright National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
25-Sep-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Family: Hesperiidae

Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

Chequered Skipper - imago - Castor Hanglands nr Wansford - 29-May-1954 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) from the extinct English colonies. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
31-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Family: Pieridae

Bath White (Pontia daplidice)

Pontia daplidice (c 1702) [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
This is believed to be the oldest pinned specimen in the world - circa 1702.

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Family: Nymphalidae

Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron ssp. epiphron)

McClean [National Museum of Ireland]

Photo © National Museum of Ireland
The McClean Specimen (Irish)
25-Sep-2013

Fetherstonhaugh [National Museum of Ireland]

Photo © National Museum of Ireland
The Fetherstonhaugh Specimen (Irish)
25-Sep-2013

Birchall [National Museum of Ireland]

Photo © National Museum of Ireland
The Birchall Specimen (Irish)
25-Sep-2013

Unknown [National Museums Northern Ireland]

Photo © National Museums Northern Ireland
The Fourth Irish Specimen

Photo Album (4 photos) ...


Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops ssp. aethiops)

Scotch Argus - imago - Skipworth, Yorkshire [OUMNH].jpg

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) from the extinct Yorkshire colonies of Scotch Argus. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Great Spangled Fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary (not Aphrodite Fritillary) - imago - Ufton Wood, Leamington - 1833 (2) [Mike Mead-Briggs]

Photo © Mike Mead-Briggs
The one and only specimen collected in the UK!

Great Spangled Fritillary (not Aphrodite Fritillary) - imago - Ufton Wood, Leamington - 1833 [Mike Mead-Briggs]

Photo © Mike Mead-Briggs
The one and only specimen collected in the UK!

Photo Album (2 photos) ...


Family: Riodinidae

Family: Lycaenidae

Large Copper (Lycaena dispar ssp. dispar)

Large Copper ssp.dispar - imago [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct ssp.dispar of Large Copper. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
23-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Large Copper (Lycaena dispar ssp. rutilus)

Large Copper ssp.rutilus - imago - Greenfields, Tipperary - Jul-1919, Jul-1920 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the introduced ssp.rutilus of Large Copper from Greenfields, Tipperary, Ireland. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
23-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Large Copper (Lycaena dispar ssp. batavus)

Large Copper ssp.batavus - imago - Woodwalton Fen, Wicken Fen - 08-Jul-1931, 10-Jul-1933 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the introduced ssp.batavus of Large Copper from Woodwalton Fen and Wicken Fen. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
23-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Short-tailed Blue (Cupido argiades)

Everes argiades (1885) [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
These are the two original British specimens taken on Bloxworth Heath, Dorset, by the sons of the Rev. O. Pickard Cambridge in August, 1885.

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Large Blue (Maculinea arion ssp. eutyphron)

Large Blue - imago - Cotswolds - Jun-1898 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct English subspecies from the Cotswolds. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
31-Jan-2013

Large Blue - imago - Millhook, Nr Bude, Cornwall - 01-Jul-1911 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct English subspecies from Cornwall. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
31-Jan-2013

Large Blue - imago - Barnwell Wold [OUMNH].jpg

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct English subspecies from Barnwell Wold (Northants). These are from the Dale Collection and are the specimens figured in the 1st edition of E.B.Ford's "Butterflies". Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.

Photo Album (3 photos) ...


Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus ssp. cretaceus)

Silver-studded Blue - imago - Dover, Kent [OUMNH].jpg

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct Silver-studded Blue subspecies (ssp. cretaceus) from the chalk downland of southern England. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.

Photo Album (1 photos) ...


Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus ssp. masseyi)

Silver-studded Blue - imago - Witherslack, Westmorland - Jul-1918 [OUMNH]

Photo © OUMNH
Two specimens (male and female) of the extinct Silver-studded Blue colonies (ssp. masseyi) from Witherslack Mosses in Westmorland. Photographed by Katherine Child, Hope Department of Entomology.
31-Jan-2013

Photo Album (1 photos) ...