About the Collection

For sale, an extensive privately owned worldwide butterfly collection.

This collection was begun in the 1930’s by our father, Dr. Jack Applegate. He collected actively until 1979. He collected and traded from dealers all over the world including places such as Nigeria, New Guinea, Switzerland, Nicaragua, Japan and the United States. Most specimens from the United States were captured by him.

Our great grandfather, George Franck, was a world renowned and worldwide collector from approximately 1860 to 1905. When he died, his collection was donated to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.


All families are represented except Hesperiidae.


All mounted insects are properly classified and labeled according to name, date of capture, location of capture and sex when known.

There are very few duplicates, when known the second is marked as such

All are in near perfect condition and marked as a second when necessary.

The butterflies are housed in 71 glass top exhibition cases measuring 18x24. These cases are housed in 2 finished cabinets measuring 78x44. Each cabinet has 3 sliding doors behind which the cases are housed. The cabinets can be stacked upon each other.

Classifications employed are those of A. Seitz, except the North Americans where Alexander Klots or W.J. Holland were employed

There are many rare and very rare specimens in this collection

There are over 1200 mounted butterflies and over 3000 butterflies in papers

The butterflies in papers are equally representative of what is mounted. Most are labeled.

Representative genus types include but are not limited to: Charaxes, Morpho, Papilio, Taenaris, Limenitis, Phoebis and Ornothoptera

Conditions of Sale

This collection is to be sold in its entirety.

The collection is located in Florida

The buyer assumes all responsibility and insurance for the removal and transport of the collection from its current location. It is highly recommended that insurance be obtained.

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