A Day on a Butterfly Farm
16mm film Black & White Sound 1930s 9:25
Summary: Film about lepidopterist L. Hugh Newman's butterfly farm, Salisbury Road, Bexley, Kent.
Title number: 41
Description: A young girl with a butterfly net runs through a garden in pursuit of butterflies. Some adults examine the contents of muslin sleeves attached over tree branches. Mr Newman uses a step ladder to climb up beside a tall bush encased in a muslin covering. He reveals a branch and exposes a caterpillar on a tree leaf. Inside a greenhouse a young woman moves large cylindrical vessels containing butterflies. Shots inside the vessels reveal a number of butterflies on leaves and flowers. Close shots of various different moth showing their distinct patterning. Shots of some pupae and eggs, a pencil tip indicating their size. Inside a greenhouse type building containing chambers holding plants and butterflies, Mr Newman places a plant inside one of the chambers. Close up shots of the butterflies inside. Mr Newman's office with displays of moths and butterflies on the walls and many drawered specimen cabinets. Mr Newman and a boy examine a butterfly, eggs and a caterpillar at the desk. Mr Newman and the boy in the garden tying a muslin sleeve about a tree branch and introducing a moth inside the bag. A woman cuts fresh flowers in a garden, which are then placed by Mr Newman into a moth chamber. The boy puts on protective gloves and cuts some nettle heads carrying caterpillars, nettles and caterpillars are taken into a greenhouse chamber. Some captured moths are fed with honey. A man planes a piece of wood during the manufacture of what appears to be a moth capture device. Mr Newman at his desk pinning specimen butterflies into a display rack. Shots of previously preserved specimens. Two boys watching a captured moth as large as a human hand, Mr Newman removes it from its cage and allows the boys to handle it.
Cast: L. Hugh Newman
Keywords: Butterflies; Moths; Farms; Animal husbandry
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Kent; Bexley
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John Bell wrote on May 29, 2019:These bring back memories! In about 1947 something wiped out Hugh Newman's stock of Privet Hawkmoths and…These bring back memories! In about 1947 something wiped out Hugh Newman's stock of Privet Hawkmoths and so he recruited the efforts of the schoolboys to find replacement stock. I lived at Howard Avenue mid way between Bexley and Sidcup and so I toured the front gardens of the surrounding area as far afield as Woolwich and with the money he gave me I was able to afford a week youth hostelling holiday in Devon! The agrrement was 3d for the small caterpillars and fourpence for the larger ones. He also rewarded us for live female specimens of Brimstone and Comma butterflies, which was very welcome to us small lads. This was 2/6 for each one!
Perran Newman wrote on January 5, 2018:This film was made about 1953. It features my father, mother, sister and brother as well as Billy Perry and…This film was made about 1953. It features my father, mother, sister and brother as well as Billy Perry and Mr. & Mrs Chalmers. I'm features right at the end holding the Robin moth and my brother Brian is beside me. This was in the garden of our home at 7 Wansunt Road. The film starts at the same location with my sister Marjatta chasing the butterfly. All other shots are at the Butterfly Farm in Salisbury Road Bexley.