Wallace's Specimens
Sep 18, 2013Public
Photo: Drawer of moths and butterflies from Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection. This shows the collection before it was purchased by the Natural History Museum, London and transferred into different drawers. Copyright George Beccaloni
Photo: Drawer of butterflies from Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection. These are all members of the family Pieridae - one of Wallace's favorite groups of butterflies. This shows the collection before it was purchased by the Natural History Museum, London and transferred into different drawers. Copyright George Beccaloni
Photo: Drawer of butterflies illustrating sexual dimorphism (where the sexes are different in appearance) from Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection. This shows the collection before it was purchased by the Natural History Museum, London and transferred into different drawers. Copyright George Beccaloni
Photo: The butterfly Cepora iudith oberthueri collected by Wallace in Flores. The circular label is the type Wallace put on to insect specimens whilst in the field. © Oxford University Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Rice paper butterfly (Idea idea) collected by Wallace on Buru Island. © Booth Museum, Brighton & Fred Edwards
Photo: Appias alope, a butterfly named by Wallace in 1867. This specimen was collected by him in Sumatra and printed label shows that it was part of his private collection. © Oxford University Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: The lemon migrant (Catopsilia pomona) collected by Wallace in Timor. © Oxford University Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Underside of Wallace's golden birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera croesus). This species was discovered by Wallace in Bacan Island, Indonesia and named by him in 1859. He wrote the following about its capture in his book The Malay Archipelago: “The beauty and brilliancy of this insect are indescribable, and none but a naturalist can understand the intense excitement I experienced when I at length captured it. On taking it out of my net and opening the glorious wings, my heart began to beat violently, the blood rushed to my head, and I felt much more like fainting than I have done when in apprehension of immediate death. I had a headache the rest of the day, so great was the excitement produced by what will appear to most people a very inadequate cause.” © Oxford University Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Fungus weevil (Anthribidae) collected in Sarawak, Borneo. © National Museum of Wales, Cardiff & Fred Edwards
Photo: Wallace's longhorn beetle (Batocera wallacei). This species was discovered by Wallace on the Aru Islands, Indonesia and named after him by Thomson in 1858. © National Museum of Wales & Fred Edwards
Photo: Detail of Wallace's longhorn beetle (Batocera wallacei). © National Museum of Wales & Fred Edwards
Photo: Detail of Wallace's longhorn beetle (Batocera wallacei). © National Museum of Wales & Fred Edwards
Photo: Wallace's stick-insect (Neopromachus wallacei) was collected by Wallace in Aru. It was named after him by Westwood in 1859. © Oxford University Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Aracari (Pteroglossus sp.) from the Amazon.  © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes sp.) from the Amazon.  © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Two bird specimens collected by Wallace and a third, from Australia, which was not collected by him but was probably from his private collection. © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Bird specimens collected by Wallace in Lombok, Malacca and New Guinea. © Dorset County Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Ivory-breasted pitta (Pitta maxima) from Halmahera. Contrary to what the label indicates, this specimen was collected for Wallace by one of his assistants (Charles Allen or Ali). Wallace regarded this species as "...one of the most beautiful birds of the East...". © Dorset County Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Red-crowned barbet (Megalaima rafflesii) collected in Malacca, Malaysia. © Dorset County Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Red-crowned barbet (Megalaima rafflesii) collected in Malacca, Malaysia. © Dorset County Museum & Fred Edwards
Photo: Male Sulawesi hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus) from Makassar, Sulawesi. © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Male and female specimens of the Sulawesi hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus) from Makassar, Sulawesi. © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Male and female specimens of the Sulawesi hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus) from Makassar, Sulawesi. © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards
Photo: Specimens of the helmeted friarbird (Philemon buceroides) collected in Flores by one of Wallace's assistants. © University Museum of Zoology Cambridge & Fred Edwards