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The Queen of Spain Butterfly

This butterfly, a Queen of Spain Fritallary, comes from the collection of Mr Arthur James Ponchaud. But, this is no ordinary example of the butterfly as, if the label beneath it is to be believed, it was collected during one of the most devastating wars the world has ever seen.

It was collected during August 1917 at Viller Faucon in the region of Picardy on the Somme. Viller Faucon was under Ger…