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Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« on: December 15, 2016, 01:36:49 AM »
A review of the complete set of Butterflies of the World by the Franklin Mint (mid 1980s). These are not models or toys, but rather porcelain figurines produced as collectibles in the mid-1980s (I think most were released 1985-1986). I think the way they were originally sold, is you subscribe to the set and you get one a month for 15 months. I have always thought about acquiring this set and finally decided to go for it.

There are 15 figures, all but four of them have not been made yet in toy form to my knowledge (and of those, one only as a larva), so itís a good way to get several new/unique species! I have to admit--pics on line to NOT do these figurines justice. Holy cow, they are NICE!

I have supplied the Latin names for both the butterflies and the flowers on which they are sitting, based on the common names provided. I am not a botanist and did not feel like researching to see if the butterfly and its corresponding flower actually occur together in nature (for a couple of the North American species I know they are matches!).

1. purple beak, Libythea geoffroy (on Guinea flower, Hibbertia)



2. tufted jungleking, Thauria aliris (on skyvine, Thunbergia grandiflora)



3. zebra longwing, Heliconius charithonia (on morning glory, Ipomoea)
I have a larva of this species from an unknown manufacturer.



4. queen purpletip, Colotis regina (on Watsonia)



5. marbled white, Melanargia galathea (on bellflower, Campanula)



6. owl butterfly, Dasyophthalma rusina (on rain lily, Zephyranthes)



7. glasswing butterfly, Melinaea mneophilus (on golden trumpet, Allamanda cathartica)



8. mangrove skipper, Phocides pigmalion (on water poppy, Hydrocleys nymphoides)



9. blue doctor, Rhetus periander (on Oxalis)



10. Adonis blue, Polyommatus bellargus (on musk mallow, Malva moschata)



11. fiery acraea, Acraea acrita (on Hibiscus)



12. eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus (on common daisy, Bellis perennis)
This species has been made in toy form several times. I have figures by K&M Wild Republic (Mini Butterfly Polybag), Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects and Butterflies Collectors Case), and Toy Major.



13. malachite, Siproeta stelenes (on oleander, Nerium oleander)



14. monarch, Danaus plexippus (on flowering dogwood, Cornus florida)
This is probably the most commonly-made species. I have figures by 4D Famemaster (Butterfly Collection), Cadbury Yowies (Australian and UK releases), CollectA, Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!), K&M Wild Republic (Butterfly Nature Tube; Insects Polyvinyl Bag), Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects; Authentics Insects; Safariology Life Cycle; Smithsonian Insects [larva only to-date]), Toy Major, and several unknown manufacturers.



15. blue morpho, Morpho menelaus (on rocktrumpet, Mandevilla splendens)
I have figures specifically attributable to this morpho species by Kabaya (World Insect Series I), Safari LTD (Butterflies TOOB), and a large one (200 mm wingspan) by an unknown manufacturer, but other figures of other Morpho spp. occur.


« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 02:00:52 PM by bmathison1972 »


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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 09:07:24 AM »
 :D These are very beautiful! I like the addition of different blossoms.
      If they are porcelain figurines, what are the antennae made of?

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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 12:45:02 PM »
:D These are very beautiful! I like the addition of different blossoms.
      If they are porcelain figurines, what are the antennae made of?

they appear to be a sturdy wire-like structure attached to the heads

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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 10:53:13 AM »
Nice set! :) At first I thought No. 7 was Heliconius melpomene - there are colour morphs quite similar to Melinaea mneophilus, I think they may both be part of the same mimicry ring. Oh, and for a moment I thought you made the antennae yourself from black insect pins. ;D

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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2016, 03:50:08 PM »
Nice set! :) At first I thought No. 7 was Heliconius melpomene - there are colour morphs quite similar to Melinaea mneophilus, I think they may both be part of the same mimicry ring. Oh, and for a moment I thought you made the antennae yourself from black insect pins. ;D

Andre, I had to work to hunt down that ID of M. mneophilus and eventually found in in an altas, Encyclopedia of Butterflies of the World (which I bought specifically to put names on TM, other, figures). The figurine is actually sold as a glassywing, which usually refers to Greta oto, which this clearly is not.

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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2016, 08:42:27 PM »
Nice set! :) At first I thought No. 7 was Heliconius melpomene - there are colour morphs quite similar to Melinaea mneophilus, I think they may both be part of the same mimicry ring. Oh, and for a moment I thought you made the antennae yourself from black insect pins. ;D

Andre, I had to work to hunt down that ID of M. mneophilus and eventually found in in an altas, Encyclopedia of Butterflies of the World (which I bought specifically to put names on TM, other, figures). The figurine is actually sold as a glassywing, which usually refers to Greta oto, which this clearly is not.
Ah, is that the atlas by Paul Smart? It's the one I use. Anyways, what I meant to say is that it looked like Heliconius melpomene to me at first sight because I'm more familiar with that one but indeed M. mneophilus seems a better id on a closer look. :)

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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2016, 01:10:09 AM »
Wonderful collection Blaine  ^-^. I think the application of colors is a really master piece  ^-^.
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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2016, 05:31:10 AM »
Nice set! :) At first I thought No. 7 was Heliconius melpomene - there are colour morphs quite similar to Melinaea mneophilus, I think they may both be part of the same mimicry ring. Oh, and for a moment I thought you made the antennae yourself from black insect pins. ;D

Andre, I had to work to hunt down that ID of M. mneophilus and eventually found in in an altas, Encyclopedia of Butterflies of the World (which I bought specifically to put names on TM, other, figures). The figurine is actually sold as a glassywing, which usually refers to Greta oto, which this clearly is not.

haha, yeah it is the one by Smart :). I had a better one when I was younger but this was available cheap on eBay.
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Re: Butterflies of the World (Franklin Mint)
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 02:01:19 PM »
I have re-uploaded these to Postimage.

 



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