Transformations, Drawn from the Life

Harriet and Helena Scott’s meticulous observations of butterflies and moths

Bronwen Scott
5 min readAug 16, 2023

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Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti, Saturniidae) drawn by Harriet Scott. AW Scott described and named this species.

The cocoon of the Emperor Gum Moth is tough. Spun from silk and cemented onto the branches of a Eucalyptus tree, it is exposed to sun and rain and to predators for whom the developing and defenceless insect inside would be a decent meal. But the protective case that keeps the…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com