Butterflies Lovers, Artists, Naturalists and Advocates

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Butterflies Lovers, Artists, Naturalists and Advocates

<p>19th Century naturalists were fascinated with the richness and beauty of Australian butterflies. Joseph Banks' collection of Australian butterflies remain an important record of Lepidoptera. By

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19th Century naturalists were fascinated with the richness and beauty of Australian butterflies. Joseph Banks' collection of Australian butterflies remain an important record of Lepidoptera. By the early 19th century, butterfly collecting was regarded as an educated hobby, with many women artists given the task to scientifically illustrate these beautiful insects. Butterflies are a powerful reminder of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, particularly with threats from chemicals, land clearing and climate change.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Michael Braby with Penny Olsen, A Flutter of Butterflies, National Library of Australia, 2011
  • David J. Mabberley, Painting by Numbers, The life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer, State Library, 2017


COURSE OUTLINE

  • History of 18-19th Century naturalists including Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, John William Lewin (1770-1819)
  • Women butterfly artists including Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) Harriet Scott (1830-1907) and Helena Scott (1832-1910) Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)
  • 20th Century etymologists including Gustavus Athol Waterhouse
  • Current and future threats to butterflies – land clearing, chemicals and climate change


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the 19th Century natural history movement that illustrated and classified butterflies.
  2. Be familiar with 19th and 20th Century artists, scientists and butterfly conservationists.
  3. Understand how these 19th and 20th Century butterfly devotees contributed to scientific understanding of butterflies in the ecosystem.
  4. Understand the threats to butterflies from chemicals, land clearing and climate change.