Category Archives: Henry W. Parker

I failed to find the Poweshiek Skipper (but my trip was still a success)

I have a particular obsession with a butterfly that I have never seen (at least in the adult stage).  Oarisma poweshiek was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa and described by Henry Parker in 1870.  Or maybe his wife discovered it–but that … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Aquarium

I have written a number of entries that I call “The History of the Butterfly” on this blog, and on my other website.  Oarisma poweshiek, the Poweshiek skipper, is an endangered butterfly that was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa, and described … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Beauty

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published on November 24, 1859.  This was a year and a few months before the start of the American Civil War. Henry Webster Parker was a … Continue reading

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More Beauty in Nature

We have seen that flies can be beautiful.  But there is beauty all around us in nature. Some would argue that flowers are beautiful because they need to be bright and colorful in order to attract pollinators.   That same … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room (and what happened to it?)

When you stalk someone long enough you may start to think you know everything about him.  Then he comes up with something new. I have been stalking Henry Webster Parker.  He’s dead now, so he doesn’t mind. H.W. Parker is … Continue reading

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Doubts

I have built some of my musings on this blog about a butterfly called the Poweshiek skipper, Oarisma poweshiek.  The species description was published under Henry Parker’s name, although I think Henry’s wife Helen played a more significant role in … Continue reading

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One Reason the List Was Published

In 1850, Helen Fitch (later Helen Fitch Parker) tried to publish a description of a new species of snail by having her future Brother-in-Law present it as a paper before the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Louis Agassiz … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 141: Happy Alaska Day

Today is “Alaska Day”, a legal holiday in the State of Alaska.  By a coincidence, some of the people involved in Alaska Day can be linked easily to the characters I have talked about in this blog. You may remember … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 103: Where are the Oarisma Poweshiek Type Specimens?

Or:  What happens to a butterfly in a tornado? Presumably most of the specimens of Oarisma poweshiek (then called Hesperia powesheik) that Henry and Helen Parker collected were deposited in a major museum, specifically the largest museum west of the Mississippi … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 73: Valentine’s Day

Henry Webster Parker’s Book Poems sat in the library at the University of California for a century and a half. You may remember that Henry was the poet, preacher, and college professor whose name is on the description of the … Continue reading

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