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Butterfly Specimen

With connotations ranging from good luck to reincarnation alongside their breathtaking coloring, butterflies have been incorporated into artistic decoration and cultural iconography for millennia. The practice of collecting butterfly specimens, however, is much a more recent trend that was launched as part of an overall fascination with natural history during the Victorian age.

Over the course of the 19th century, European audiences experienced a growing fascination with natural history. Enthusiasts began amassing collections of various specimens, including butterflies. Cherished for both their ethereal nature and their brilliant colors, butterflies became the focal point of many specimen collections. Some collectors augmented the wings of their butterflies... Read more

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