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Magnified wing of lacewing, 1787.

Magnified wing of lacewing, 1787.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Wing of the lacewing (Hemerobius), which is 'fortified with bristly hairs which they can erect at pleasure'. Illustration from 'Essays on the microscope' by George Adams (1750-1795), published in London in 1787. Adams was instrument maker to King George III.

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