National Geographic : 1996 Nov
the prevailingignoranceof the benign nature of bats. "As black as the Devil," he told Banks, "and had 2 horns on its head." Banks marveled at a pupa that glistened "as if it had been silverd over." Hang ing from a twig, Euploea core corinna will hatch a common crow, a dark chocolate-coloredbutterfly with white spots. LACEMONITOROR GOANNA, VARANUSVARIUS, AUSTRALIA; NATURALHISTORYMUSEUM collection yielded "some 3,600-odd described species, of which it is probable that the plant species new to science may exceed 1,400." Just how large an accomplishment that was, Carter notes, can be under stood when that number is compared with the 6,000 species described by Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum, the compilation against which all species were then measured. To this was added evidence of a thou sand species of animals, ranging from the skins and skeletons of kan garoos to the shells of mollusks. When Linnaeus heard that Banks and Solander might join another expedition with Cook before continuing the work of classifying and cataloging the fruits of the first expedition, he was appalled. He feared that Banks's "matchless and truly astonishing collection," as he described it in a letter to a British scientist, might be "thrust into some corner, to become perhaps the prey of insects and of destruction." Linnaeus need not have worried about losing Banks to another ocean voyage. Banks's plan foundered when he insisted on taking with him 17 people, including two horn players, along with a pack of greyhounds. The superstructure needed to contain such a party on H.M.S. Resolution, the principal ship chosen for the journey, would have made it unseaworthy. Cook sailed in July 1772 without Banks. No matter. Only 29 years old, Banks was perhaps the most famous young man in England. His was an incredibly busy and increasingly prominent life, one that gave him little time in the field, though he managed the odd excursion. His estate at Revesby Abbey and other landholdings took imeto manage. So did the Endeavourcollections.