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This antique engraving of a swallowtail butterfly—the English swallowtail, sometimes called in America the Old World Swallowtail Butterfly, is attributed to Thomas Bewick. Notice how the engraving becomes speckled with white towards the left, creating a graduated shading effect and helping the butterfly appear three-dimensional; a high resolution scan of the image shows clearly this is the ork of the engraver and not merely damage to the block.
BBC Nature photograph of a swallowtail butterfly
30845 dots per inch (approximately)
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