I liked lithographed images BEFORE it was cool

Deilephila elpenor (Sphingidae)
This is a vintage lithographed image of a Deilephila elpenor caterpillar from "Europe's Best-Known Butterflies" (F. Nemos, Berlin, 1895). A collection of 100 of these images were recently scanned and archived at www.OldBookArt.com where they have been marked as public domain, and subsequently added to Wikipedia Commons.

I stumbled across these pictures accidentally when looking at photos of Deilephila elpenor caterpillars and saw the following image:

That's right! Are you tired of the lack of insect-related apparel in you wardrobe? Now you can get your very own eyespot caterpillar trucker hat! Zazzle.ca is selling an array of mesh-back "Trucker" hats that feature the charismatic eyespot caterpillar of Deilephila elpenor!

  • Trucker Hat
  • 100% polyester foam front
  • Wide area to feature your design
  • 100% nylon mesh back keeps you cool
  • Adjustable from 17" to 24"
  • Available in 11 color combination
The hats are retailing for $21.35 ea + shipping and come in 11 different colours. You can customize your hat however you want right on the site! You will have all the hipsters wishing they were as cool as you.

If you like that caterpillar graphic check out this Wikipedia Commons page that has 100 more graphics from F. Nemos! Here are a few beautiful samples:

Death's-head Hawk moth - Acherontia atropos

Death's-head Hawk moth - Acherontia atropos
Tau Emperor - Aglia tau (male)
Deilephila nerii
Old World Swallowtail - Papilio machaon


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