THE article below does not refer to the butterfly in the image above.
The Sydney Gazette Sunday 4 November 1804
The manner in which the noxious insect
mentioned in our last to have done much
injury to the growing wheat is, by preying
upon the top of the plant, & upon the tender
part of the stalk, which diminishing its sus-
tenance, perishes the grain.-In speaking of
the grub, the Complete Husbandman says, that
" it is a large maggot produced from the
eggs of a certain species of butterfly : It is
of a large size, and often does great injury to
the corn by undermining it, & preying on the
roots. It produces the beetle, and is by some called the rook-worm, because rooks are par-
ticularly fond of it. The best way of destroy-
ing the grub is good and frequent ploughings,
which will clear the ground, however infest-
ed with this insect, for some years at least.
The Sydney Gazette and… Tuesday 12 April 1842
TO A BUTTERFLY NEAR A TOMB.
Then didst thou pass me in radiance by
Child of the Sunshine, Young Butterfly
Thou that dost bear on thy Fairy Wing
No burden of unborn suffering.