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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Linnean Insect Collection Online

In time for England's National Insect Week, the Linnean Society has digitized and put online the butterfly and moth collection of Carl Linnaeus, including many type specimens. The searchable collection has beautifully digitized images of the specimens including multiple views and accompanied by the original notes.

In addition to the multiple views, each image can be zoomed onscreen to an impressive detail. The digitizing crew at the Natural History Museum did a beautiful job on this. As an example above is the overview window of a Papilio sp. collected in Sierra Leone. Below is the 100% zoom image of the eyespot from the right hindwing.

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