If you remember a post from a couple days ago ("What a small world") I told you about J W Tilden, an expert in butterflies, especially California butterflies. Anyhow, J W Tilden still intriques me. I assumed he had passed away, but then I thought, well, maybe not. After all Aunt Edna is still going at 98 (her 99th birthday is on the 30th of this month!) So, I decided to see if there was an obituary for him. Darn it, there was, from 1988. The first search I did came up with was that Mr. Tilden was editor of a newsletter for a Society for butterfly experts. I found out that these collectors trade specimens like stamp collectors all over the world. I guess I had never thought of that. And they report on any variations of specimens they have found. Well, then I came across this little mystery!
Sorry, I don't know the end of the mystery! Did they ever figure it out, did they catch the sneaky butterfly painter! Did they find out why the butterflies were painted?
But I did find Mr. Tilden's obituary: