Museum butterfly collection stories

By Phil Ackery

A Heliconius butterfly, H. numata

A Heliconius butterfly, H. numata, feeding on flower pollen

The Natural History Museum holds about 3 million butterflies in its collection. These specimens represent an enormous variety of locations around the world, and many of them symbolise incredible stories of human endeavour.

Phil Ackery, who has worked with the butterfly collections for over 30 years, presents a fascinating and highly personal introduction to just a few of those stories.

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