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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. R. Wallace   9 July [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 9th

My dear Wallace

Dr. G. Krefft has sent me the enclosed from Sydney.2 A nurseryman3 saw a caterpillar feeding on a plant & covered the whole up, but, when he searched for the cocoon, was long before he cd. find it, so good was its imitation in colour & form to the leaf to which it was attached.

I hope that the World goes well with you.— Do not trouble yourself by acknowledging this, | Ever yours | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Gerard Krefft, 3 May 1873.
Gerard Krefft had enclosed a chrysalis with his letter of 3 May 1873.
Thomas William Shepherd (see letter from Gerard Krefft, 3 May 1873 and n. 6).

Summary

Forwards photograph, sent by [J. L. G.] Krefft, of a chrysalis attached to its food-plant; the chrysalis has adjusted its colour remarkably.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8970,” accessed on 17 December 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8970

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21

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