It's no secret that butterflies are some of nature's most beautiful creations - with thousands of the colourful creatures found in various parts of the world.
A collection of more than 12,000 butterflies has been donated to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery by private collectors and researchers Trevor Lambkin and Ian Knight - estimated as being the fifth largest private collection in Australia.
The collection is the focus of an upcoming online lecture organised by the Royal Society of Tasmania, titled Butterfly Brilliance.
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Donor and lepidopterist Trevor Lambkin, as well as QVMAG staff David Maynard and Simon Fearn will discuss everything from the research behind building the collection, to its research potential and how the butterflies will be housed and displayed.
QVMAG senior curator of natural sciences David Maynard said he was thrilled to receive such a large donation.
"This is incredibly significant for scientific research, and is incredible it will be housed here in Launceston," he said.
"One of the donors, Ian Knight, is local and that's how the idea to donate to us came about.
"The butterflies come from all across the state and the country, and will benefit us into the future as we see climate change migrate newer species to the state.
QVMAG museum collections officer Simon Fearn said the collection has strong historical and future significance.
"Collections like this are rare, and it is a priceless record of what we have, and what we are losing," he said.
"We will be able to showcase this collection to the scientific community across the world, and help drive future research.
"Some of the types of butterfly in this collection are no longer found in the wild, so it is incredibly important to preserve."
Details for the Zoom lecture on October 25 are available on the RST website.
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