MR. BUTLER, who is well known as an ardent and careful student of the diurnal Lepidoptera, has undertaken, in conjunction with Mr. Janson as publisher, what will no doubt prove a very valuable and beautiful work. Many new species of Lepidoptera have been described—by Mr. Butler himself amongst others—without any figure: this practice is exceedingly inconvenient to those who attempt to identify species; and though, as Mr. Butler observes, it enables those who adopt it to “call the beautiful their own” to a larger extent than if they had to wait for figures, it is nevertheless a reprehensible proceeding, and has afflicted the conscience of one at least who has been guilty of it. Mr. Butler is a very skilful artist, and evidently an intense admirer of the lovely colours and forms of the insects he deals with. Consequently it is a matter for congratulation that he has undertaken to make up for the shortcomings of past times, and intends to bring out once a quarter a part of his “ Lepidoptera Exotica,” with three coloured plates of new or unfigured species. In the two parts already issued, which are before us, the figures are admirably done, and very handsome; whilst the descriptive text is concise, and in Latin in part. Some of Mr. Wallace's Bornean butterflies are figured in the second part.
Exotic Lepidoptera–Lepidoptera Exotica; or, Descriptions and Illustrations of Exotic Lepidoptera.
By A. G. Butler, &c. (London: E. W. Janson.)
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L., E. Exotic Lepidoptera—Lepidoptera Exotica; or, Descriptions and Illustrations of Exotic Lepidoptera. Nature 1, 17 (1869). https://doi.org/10.1038/001017c0