Met Museum Collection

This birthday card from my talented daughter was inspired by a painting she found in the Metropolitan Museum collection.

This inspired me to search for “butterflies” and choose intriguing examples in different mediums from various time periods. Wow, 1,358 results!
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Title: Butterfly amulet
Period: Middle Kingdom, Dynasty: Dynasty 12, mid–late
Date: ca. 1900–1802 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Tomb of Senwosret (758), inside, Pit 756, upper east chamber C, MMA excavations, 1906–07
Medium: Silver, carnelian, faience

Title: [Butterflies]
Artist: Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date: ca. 1930
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Classification: Photographs

Title: Knife Handle (Kozuka)
Date: mid-17th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)

Title: Album Containing Twelve Paintings of Insects
Artist: Unidentified Artist
Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date: 19th century
Culture: China
Medium: Album of twelve leaves; color on pith paper

Title: Textile
Artist: Doris Tillett (American, 1917–2008)
Date: 1960s
Medium: Printed canvas

Title: Book of Flower Studies.
Folio 2: Forget-me-not (lat. Myosotis sylvatica) with a blue, yellow and red butterfly
Artist: Master of Claude de France
Date: ca. 1510–1515
Geography: Made in Tours, France
Medium: Opaque water color, organic glazes, gold and silver paint, iron and carbon-based ink and charcoal on parchment

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Which do you like better? The busy one or the simple one?

Title: Platter
Date: ca. 1840–60
Culture: Chinese, probably for American market
Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Title: Peony-Shaped Dish with Butterflies
Date: ca. 1840–60
Culture: Japan
Medium: Porcelain with underglaze blue (Nabeshima ware)

Picture book celebrates

BUTTERFLIES BELONG HERE: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies
Written by Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Meilo So.

This fictional children’s book features the story of an immigrant girl who relates both to an endangered butterfly’s journey to its new home and to a shy caterpillar’s shedding of its skin.  After learning English by reading books about butterflies, our narrator initiates the building of a monarch way station (a guide for which is included).

NYC butterflies

Late summer in Central Park and finally the butterflies are flying.

North Meadow Butterfly Garden Volunteers, Hunter and Tatiana, taking care of this oasis. For most of the summer, due to the Global Pandemic, Central Park Volunteers were not allowed to work. Finally they were invited to return.

Old Monarch gearing up for the big trip.

Painted Lady and a blue September sky.

Here’s Holly, my pal from the AMNH Butterfly Vivarium, checking out the local species.

Black Swallowtail in flight in the Conservatory Garden.

Lepidoptera in the North Country

The White Admiral Butterfly is widespread and common in mixed and deciduous forests, forest edges, and near streams. Typical habitats of the White Admiral also include roads and clearings in wooded areas. These butterflies bask on leaves and gravel roads.  Info from Butterflies of the Adirondacks.

Seen along the roads in the Adirondacks, these strange things are called webworms. They really aren’t worms at all, but the caterpillar stage of a white moth, Hyphantria cunea Drury. What we see is the larval stage of this creature consuming leaves inside the protection of an unsightly tent-like web. The damage they inflict may occasionally defoliate a tree but rarely kills it because the damage occurs shortly before normal leaf-drop.  Info from here.