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Curtis British Entomology Plate 494

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Curtis British Entomology Plate 494

Coleoptera: Donacia typhae (Reed-mace Donacia), = Donacia vulgaris; with dissections from D. cincta Germ. [Plant: Typha latifolia (Great Cat?s-tail, Bulrush or Reed-mace)] Date: 1824-39

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Bulrush Butterflies Butterfly Coleoptera Curtis Dissections Entomology Germ Latifolia Ledipotera Typha Vulgaris Cats Tail Cincta


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This print from Curtis's British Entomology, Plate 494, showcases the intricate details of Coleoptera, or beetles, specifically Donacia typhae, also known as Reed-mace Donacia or Donacia vulgaris. The image, dated between 1824 and 1839, was produced by the renowned botanical illustrator John Curtis FLS. The primary focus of the illustration is the beetle, which is depicted perched atop a stem of Typha latifolia, commonly known as Great Cat-tail, Bulrush, or Reed-mace. The plant, with its distinctive tall, triangular stems and broad, ribbed leaves, provides a fitting backdrop for the beetle. The meticulous detail of the beetle's anatomy is further highlighted through the inclusion of dissections from Donacia cincta and Germar's Donacia. These dissections reveal the internal structures of the beetles, providing valuable insights into their biology and anatomy. Donacia typhae is a herbivorous beetle that feeds on the leaves and stems of Typha latifolia. Its presence on the plant is a testament to the symbiotic relationship between insects and their host plants. The beetles play a crucial role in the ecosystem, contributing to the decomposition and nutrient cycling of the plant material. This beautiful and educational print is a testament to the artistry and scientific acumen of the time, showcasing the intricacies of both the beetle and the plant species. It provides a glimpse into the natural world, offering a window into the complex relationships between different organisms and their environments.

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