Image: Drawing by A.W (Walker) Scott of Rhizopsyche swainsonii

Drawing by A.W (Walker) Scott of Rhizopsyche swainsonii

Original watercolour and pencil drawing by Alexander Walker Scott (AMS 193/52)

Alexander Walker Scott
© Australian Museum Archives


A.W Scott and his daughters Harriet and Helena, lived on Ash Island near Newcastle, NSW from the 1840s to the 1860s. In preparation for the publicaton of Scott's Australian Lepidoptera and Their Transformations (Vol I published 1864 and Vol II 1890-1898) they produced a magnificent series of watercolour drawings of moths and butterflies, with the final published selection of plates taken from the remarkable work of the two sisters (the final plate based on this drawing appears in Vol I as plate IV drawn by Helena). A collection of Scott family papers which included the Lepidoptera research notes, preliminary drawings and final plates was purchased by the Australian Museum in 1884 and are preserved in the Museum's Archives.

The Atlas of Living Australia has more information such as maps, images and collection records for the moth, Abantiades labyrinthicus.

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