4 January 2018

Lunchtime talk: Virginia Woolf’s fascination with insect life

Butterflies and moths captivated Virginia Woolf throughout her lifetime; from catching butterflies in nets as a child, or gazing at exotic moths in the Natural History Museum, to watching peacocks and fritillaries in her Sussex garden.

This talk will trace Woolf’s love of lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) in her essays and fiction, examining the science as well as the symbolism of the winged creatures that flit through her
writing.

You’ll also get to see beautiful specimens from our own collection.

Designed to fit around your lunch hour, our lunchtime talks explore a selection of treasures from our exhibitions and collections.

“For some time she observed a great yellow butterfly, which was opening and closing its wings very slowly on a little flat stone.”
– The Voyage Out