This unique shadow box exhibits a beautiful specimen of the brightly colored Graphium Weiskei commonly known as the Purple Mountain Swallowtail. Each specimen has been delicately “skeletonized” – a process in which scales on the wings are removed to reveal the intricate architecture beneath.
Unlike other butterfly species in our Skeleton collection, the Graphium Weiskei is the only type of butterfly to have it’s colorful pigments on their wing’s membranes instead of on the scales covering the wing. Notably, the pigments on the Graphium Weiskei which are known sarpedobilin and ommin combining to create blue, mauve, and pink, are rare in nature.
GRAPHIUM WEISKEI SKELETON:
• UV blocking conservation glass
• Wood gallery frame
• Reproduction antique museum label with natural history information.
• Gift box
• Handmade in California
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