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The butterfly collection at the California Academy of Sciences

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Lev Bely, 27.04.2012 20:58

The California Academy of Sciences found in 1853 has a world's largest biological collection of over than 20 million specimens including 17 million insects. The video underneath gives an interesting short review from an Entomology Department Collections Manager Norman Penny who tells about amazing iridescent morpho butterflies (Morpho), Queen Alexandra's Birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera alexandrae) sexual dimorphism and California dogface butterfly Zerene eurydice presented also with such a wonder as rare gynandromorphic specimen.

The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk

Photo: the entomology collection at the California Academy of Sciences, http://www.guardian.co.uk

Norman Penny on the butterfly collection at the California Academy of Sciences

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