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Invertebrate Collection

"Invertebrates: A Diverse World of Wonders" Ornithoptera alexandrae, also known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Healthy coral reef landscape, Carl's Ultimate dive site in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea

Healthy coral reef landscape, Carl's Ultimate dive site in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: A yellow nudibranch crawling away from its mass egg ribbon, Papua New Guinea

A yellow nudibranch crawling away from its mass egg ribbon, Papua New Guinea
A Banana Nudibranch (Notodoris minor) crawling away from its mass egg ribbon implanted on the side of an outcropping on the reef in the warm clear ocean waters of Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: A Pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

A Pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea
A pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Jorunna funebris nudibranch eggs, Papua New Guinea

Jorunna funebris nudibranch eggs, Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: A yellow nudibranch crawling across a colorful reef, Papua New Guinea

A yellow nudibranch crawling across a colorful reef, Papua New Guinea
A Banana Nudibranch (Notodoris minor) crawling across a colorful reef in the warm ocean waters of Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: The colorful Chromodoris kuniei on a West Papuan reef

The colorful Chromodoris kuniei on a West Papuan reef

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Nudibranch on coral, Papua New Guinea

Nudibranch on coral, Papua New Guinea
Nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata) on coral, volcano crater, Witu Islands, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester

Papilio polytes & Papilio polymnester
The common mormon (Papilio polytes) and the blue mormon (Papilio polymnestor). Plate 20 from Insects of India by Edward Donovan (1768-1837)

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Nudibranch (Hyselodoris bullockii). Indo Pacific: Papua New Guinea

Nudibranch (Hyselodoris bullockii). Indo Pacific: Papua New Guinea
Tom Campbell / SplashdownDirect

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly
A mounted specimen of Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from Papua New Guinea. Male specimen measuring 188 mm across wingtips. See 14964 for the female which is larger

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Tarantula Hawk, Pepsis heros, close up

Tarantula Hawk, Pepsis heros, close up

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Entomology Specimens

Entomology Specimens
A specimen tray from the Natural History Museums Entomology Department showing the diversity of insects in terms of shape, size and colours

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Giant octopus

Giant octopus
Plate 26 from Histoire naturelle des Mollusques by Count Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon, 1805

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms

Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata)

Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), under ice, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, northern Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle

Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle
Silver chafer beetle specimen. The beetles have a base pigment covered by several colourless microscopically thin layers called laminae

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea

Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Mayflies Chromolithograph 1884

Mayflies Chromolithograph 1884
Brehms Thierleben (Tierleben). Allgemeine Kunde des Thierreichs. Vierte Abtheilung - Wirbellofe Thiere. Leipzig Verlag, 1884

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Morpho cypris, blue morpho butterfly

Morpho cypris, blue morpho butterfly
Butterfly from Central America. South America. Specimen on display at the Natural History Museum at Tring, part of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Phoebis sennae, cloudless sulphur butterfly

Phoebis sennae, cloudless sulphur butterfly
Photograph of a mounted specimen of cloudless sulphur. Male. Species occurs on the Galapagos Islands

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth

Xanthopan morganii praedicta, sphinx moth
Darwins sphinx moth, found in Madagascar. The species as a whole is known as Morgans sphinx

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae by de Charpentier

Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae by de Charpentier
Illustration of dragonflies. Plate 17 from Libellulinae Europaeae illustrated and described by Toussint de Charpentier, 1840

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Praying Mantis - Magnification x 30 (if print A4 size: 29)

Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Praying Mantis - Magnification x 30 (if print A4 size: 29. 7 cm wide)
LRDS-392 Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Praying Mantis Magnification x 30 (if print A4 size: 29.7 cm wide) Mantis religiosa David Spears (Last Refuge)

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) basking in the morning light, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK

Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) basking in the morning light, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. July

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Extinct marine reptiles

Extinct marine reptiles
Sheet 1 of a series of posters called Extinct Animals by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862. This collection of marine reptiles lived during the Jurassic period between 200

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Asteroceras, fossil ammonite

Asteroceras, fossil ammonite
A 16 cm diameter specimen of the Jurassic ammonite Asteroceras from the Lower Jurassic of Dorset, England

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Ophrys apifera, bee orchid

Ophrys apifera, bee orchid
Watercolour by Arthur Harry Church, 17 June 1913

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model

Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model
A large scale model of the devils coach horse beetle (Ocypus olens). A beetle that is commonly found beneath logs. Held within the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaf

Leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaf
Leaf-cutter ants transporting neatly extracted pieces of leaf. These ants derive from the rainforests of Central and South America

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Schistosoma spp. blood flukes

Schistosoma spp. blood flukes
Blood flukes mating. These parasites are found in man and other mammals. Snails are the intermediate hosts

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Mosquito in Dominican amber

Mosquito in Dominican amber
A mosquito in trapped and preserved in Dominican amber. Lower Miocene about 20 million years old. Image from Amber The Natural Time Capsule. Figure 90

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Cladognathus sp. stag beetle

Cladognathus sp. stag beetle
A specimen of a large stag beetle from Asia. Stag beetles belong to the family (Lucanidae). Only male stag beetles have horns or antlers

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: H. W. Bates illustrated notebooks

H. W. Bates illustrated notebooks
Plate 7 from a notebook of Henry W. Bates (1825-92) relating to the insect fauna of the Amazon Valley or DRW, 1851-1854

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Beetles

Beetles
Double page spread of pencil and watercolour illustrations and sketches of beetles by Henry Walter Bates

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Cimex lectularius, bed bug

Cimex lectularius, bed bug
Scanning electron microscope image of a bed bug (x 17). The sucking mouthparts enable the feeding bedbugs to pierce the hosts tissues and siphon out a blood meal

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetle

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Schistocerca gregaria, desert locust

Schistocerca gregaria, desert locust
A desert locust perching on a branch. Locusts sometimes swarm to form groups of up to 80 million and can migrate over large distances

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Heteropoda venatoria, huntsman spider

Heteropoda venatoria, huntsman spider
This a large brown spider with a flattened body structure and a leg span of between 7 and 12 cm. These spiders hunt at night, and mainly prey upon cockroaches

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Octopus

Octopus
Watercolour 401 by the Port Jackson Painter, from the Watling Collection

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: House centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, on a bedroom wall; originally from south Europe

House centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, on a bedroom wall; originally from south Europe
ROG-13149 House centipede - on a bedroom wall; originally from south Europe, but now widespread through the world France Scutigera coleoptrata Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Butterflies

Butterflies
Vintage lithograph from 1860 of Butterflies. 1. Black veined White, 2. Large Garden White Butterfly, 3. Small Garden White, 4. Green veined White, 5. Bath White Butterfly

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera

Entomological specimens of Lepidoptera
Unidentified photograph of mounted specimens of butterflies and moths

Background imageInvertebrate Collection: Janthina violacea, violet snail

Janthina violacea, violet snail
Watercolour 398 by Thomas Watling, entitled Boala, from the Watling Collection



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"Invertebrates: A Diverse World of Wonders" Ornithoptera alexandrae, also known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly, showcases its vibrant colors and intricate patterns in flight. Witness the fascinating symbiotic relationship between a Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) and its parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), clinging onto its host for survival. Delve into the world of entomology specimens, where meticulously preserved insects reveal their beauty under careful examination. Behold the majestic presence of a giant octopus, an intelligent creature that roams the depths of our oceans with grace and mystery. Through a Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM), explore the astonishing details of a praying mantis at 30x magnification, revealing its intricate features like never before. "The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters" - an intriguing American cartoon from 1882 depicting England as an imperialistic octopus greedily grabbing land across continents. Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) bask in the gentle morning light at Vealand Farm in Devon, UK, creating a breathtaking sight to behold. The Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) spreads its wings wide open, showcasing its striking coloration against nature's canvas. Meet Chrysina limbata, the silver chafer beetle adorned with shimmering hues that catch sunlight and captivate onlookers' attention. Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning as it releases streams of sperm from its arms underwater—a captivating moment captured by Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 winner in the Underwater category. Dive into Croatia's Adriatic Sea to encounter Janolus cristatus—a stunning nudibranch species—gracefully gliding through the waters of Vela Luka, Korcula Island.