|There were 47 cases of butterflies in the R.C. Dening
Collection containing specimens from 323 different genera. They were collected from 42
different countries around the world (map). The cases were organized according to taxonomic
criteria rather than geographical origin.
Each case has a web
page dedicated to it, displaying a roughly 800 x 600 pixel picture of each of the two case
halves, together with the names of each of the specimens and their country of collection.
You can also access higher resolution images of each case half by clicking on the lower
resolution images on the page.
Most of the specimens were numbered. These numbers refer to personal
notes kept by R.C. Dening. The numbers relate to species notes rather than individual
specimen notes. You can access these personal collector's notes by clicking on each of the
numbered names on individual case pages.
The notes were handwritten and are somewhat cryptic for someone
unfamiliar with Tim's life, so explanatory notes have been provided (here) to help the reader to
interpret the collector's notes.
You can view the butterfly collection in two ways. You can select
individual cases to view from a gallery of small images. Alternatively, search for cases
containing particular genera from an alphabetical list of genera in the collection