Richard Weaver (1783 – 11 December 1857) used to be a British entomological collector, taxidermist, and shoemaker, who’s perfect recognized for the invention of what has been known as Weaver’s Fritillary Boloria dia. He started a Birmingham museum of herbal historical past in 1832 which closed down in 1841.
Weaver used to be born of humble origins in 1783 in Worcester. He labored as a shoemaker and cobbler in Birgmingham and took to herbal historical past perhaps in 1814 or after a physician advised him to stroll within the geographical region for well being round 1818. He started to gather butterflies and moths and likewise educated in fowl taxidermy. He started to place in combination a choice of butterflies and different herbal historical past specimens which grew such a lot that by way of 1828 he started a small museum at his premises on 38 New Side road, transferring later to the Affiliate Artists Establishment on Temple Side road. His museum used to be visited by way of J. Wallace in 1832 who described it has having 5000 species of bugs. The museum closed by way of 1841 when Weaver moved to Worcester and he returned to Birmingham the following 12 months. He traded bugs for fowl skins and corresponded with different naturalists together with James Charles Dale. His assortment used to be visited by way of William Thomas Bree who first spotted the abnormal fritillary in Weaver’s assortment in 1832. Weaver suffered from bronchial asthma thru his existence and died after a brief sickness. He attempted to promote his assortment in March 1857 and his assortment used to be offered after his loss of life in 1858 and one of the crucial fowl specimens went to Birmingham Museums whilst any other lot used to be bought by way of Queen’s School for £1500. The insect collections went thru a number of gross sales.