Just south of the Southern cross is the constellation of Musca, the fly. It was one of 12 star groups created in the late 16th century from the observations of the Dutch navigators Keyser and de Houtman. Their other constellations included exotic southern-hemisphere creatures such as the Toucan and the Peacock and the Swordfish.
from Field Book Of Insects, 1948.
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Pectoral decorated with the winged scarab protected by Isis and Nephthys, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1370-52 BC) New Kingdom (gold cloisonne and glass paste), Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC) / Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt / Bridgeman Images
Julia Margaret Cameron, Cupid & Psyche; Mother and Child, 1864-5, albumen print from wet collodion glass negative
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) - Butterfly and Flower, 1950