In the April, 1870 edition of American Entomologist and Botanist, Henry W. Parker published a list of butterflies found in Iowa. It included a list of butterflies previously reported by Mr. Samuel Scudder as having been found in Iowa, and thirteen species not previously reported from Iowa. With Scudder’s list he only included the species part of the name.
Scientific names have changed over time. I have included the common and current scientific names that I think the old name represents.
Here is Henry’s list of butterflies that were new to the Iowa list:
Henry was a professor of Natural History at Iowa (later Grinnell) College at the time, and was constructing a Natural History Museum that was described as the largest west of the Mississippi at one time. His wife Helen helped him with his collections, and he probably had help from students as well. Because of Helen’s aptitude for invertebrate studies, I think she played a major role in collecting and displaying the butterflies.
Any suggestions on what the species I have not identified were? Any corrections to my tables?