Boxed botanical display, containing information and an illustration of the Elephant Beetle (Orthorrhinus cylindrirostris, Fabr). One in a series concerning botanical pests displayed in the old Museum. These were prepared by Elizabeth Matheson whom worked in the Entomolgy Department to illustrate the destructive insects of Victoria and how to expel and treat them. For her displays Elizabeth reproduced C.C Brittlebanks coloured plates from the book 'A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria; Prepared by Order of the Victorian Department of Agriculture by C French, Government Entomologist in 1904.
Botanical display presented in a shallow rectangular box with a wood frame, painted black, and a clear glass front. Behind the glass, on the left side, is a paper featuring a coloured illustration of a tree stump, infested with caterpillars, and surrounded by views of the insect in various stages of development. Typewritten text providing information about the pest is to the right, with a specimen of two insects mounted underneath.
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria
Ms Elizabeth Matheson - National Museum of Victoria, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970
This was made by Elizabeth Matheson in the Entomology department for display in the National Museum some time in the 1970s.
Charles French - Government Entomologist, 1904
The data for this display was heavily based on Charles French's 1904 book C.- 'A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria'. It was reproduced in this display and coloured by Elizabeth Matheson the Entomolgy collection manager at the time.
Mr Charles C. Brittlebank, pre 1904
This plate was originally prepared for the 1904 publication of the C. French's 'A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria'. It was reproduced in this display and coloured by Elizabeth Matheson the Entomolgy collection manager at the time.
Labels on illustration: "PUPA / HEAD / FORELEG / FORELEG / ANTENNA" Title: "ELEPHANT BEETLE Orthorrhinus cylindrirostris, Fabr." (text follws)
Type of item
20.5 cm (Length), 30.8 cm (Width), 3.5 cm (Height)