RECORD: Darwin, C. R.  Wallace in remarking on peacock's tail. (6.1867) CUL-DAR84.1.46 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe. (Darwin Online,

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June 21. 67 Wallace in remarking on Peacock's tail says that in the meadow brown butterflies there are infinite variations from a minute black spot to an eye elegantly shaded. This is a far better illustration than mine of pigeon wing-bars.

See the note in the Correspondence to Wallace to Darwin 13 January 1868: "The meadow brown butterfly is now Maniola jurtina (family Nymphalidae). In Descent 2: 132–3, [Darwin] reported that Alfred Russel Wallace had shown him a series of meadow brown specimens with gradations in ocelli."

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