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To Raphael Meldola   27 January [1872]1

Pray keep the specimens as long as you wish.— I have read your letter with interest & pleasure.—2 I have vague recollection of Mr Trimen in Transact. Linn. Soc. or of Mr Butler of Brit. Mus. mentioning the case of ♂ alone mimicking some other Butterfly.3

C. Darwin

Down. Jan. 27th


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Raphael Meldola, 25 January 1872.
CD refers to Roland Trimen, the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Arthur Gardiner Butler, and the British Museum. CD was probably recalling a letter by Butler in Nature, 29 December 1870, p. 165 (see also Correspondence vol. 19, letter from A. G. Butler, 2 June 1871 and nn. 5–8, 13).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Invites RM to keep some specimens as long as he wishes.

Recalls vaguely the mention of a butterfly species in which the male alone is mimetic.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8184,” accessed on 3 April 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20