Digitisation is often focussed on cultural heritage materials. However, it’s remit can be wider than that as this digitised collection of butterflies demonstrates. The work has been done by the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society.

Menelaus blue morpho (Papilio menelaus)

A gallery of further images is available from the Guardian website (a great publicity coup), and the full database is available from the Linnean Society website.

The next question for the project team must be this: now they have established this collection online, how are they going to integrate their collections with others of scientific value?