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THE MALVERN LINK A COLLECTION OF HISTORIC SPECIMENS OF THE COMMA BUTTERFLY, catalogued by David L.Keningale 2015 Twenty-two historic specimens of the comma butterfly, bred by F.W. Frohawk in 1894: Ex. original female butterfly from Emma Hutchinson (after whom the form hutchinsoni was named). The species underwent a huge contraction in range in the 19th century, eventually being more or less restricted to a few border counties, especially Hereford and Gloucestershire. FURTHER TWENTY-SIX SPECIMENS OF HISTORIC INTEREST to include rare Comma-data Sussex 1890; very dark ab. data Malvern Link Rev. ArchDay 1908. Further contemporary specimens by L.W. Newman (Wyre Forest), (Wye Valley), (Church Stretton), (Symons Yat). GANAREW, A.B. FARN. COLLECTION PRESENTED IN GLAZED DISPLAY CASE WITH CATALOGUE including photocopy from The Entomologist for 1894, in which Frohawk describes in detail, his breeding of the Comma and how he used six different food plants. (Thank you to Rupert Barrington for his interest and contribution to this collection)

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