The Lyman Redding Collection comprised eight boxes of butterflies, many mounted in individual specimen boxes as illustrated here. The collection includes a number of specimens still attached to drying boards.
The blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black and brown. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue coloring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown color with many eyespots.
The dorsal wing surfaces of the butterfly are black with a striking diagonal yellow bar across the forewings. The underside wing surfaces are primarily yellow, with brown banding and some blue, bordered by brown submarginal markings.
This frame contains 4 butterflies, all are Monarchs. The upperside of the wings is tawny-orange, the veins and margins are black, and in the margins are two series of small white spots. The forewings also have a few orange spots near the tip. The underside is similar, but the tip of the forewings and hindwings are yellow-brown instead of tawny-orange and the white spots are larger.
Upperside is chestnut brown; black borders of forewings have 2 rows of white spots; white spots are scattered at the forewing apex. Underside of hindwing has black veins; black borders of both wings have 2 rows of white spots. Upperside of male hindwing has a black scale patch.
Upperside is white with light brown markings and a double row of light crescents at the margins. Forewing has one round, black spot; hindwing has two. Dry season (winter) form is larger and paler; wet season (summer form) is smaller and darker.
This frame contains 13 butterflies, all are Zebra Longwing. Zebra longwings are medium-sized butterflies with elongated wings. The upper surface of the wings is black with several bold, narrow yellow stripes. The wings below have a similar pattern, but are paler in color and have several small red spots near the body. They cannot be confused with any other Florida butterfly. Adults have a wingspan range of 72 to 100 mm. The sexes are similar.