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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 38: A Malacological Smackdown

In August, 1850, the Reverend Samuel Parker brought a paper to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting.  The paper purported to describe a terrestrial snail species that was new to science. The result was sort of a … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 35: A New Hesperian

The description of Hesperia powesheik (which became Oarisma poweshiek) starts as follows: “An undescribed species was found by the writer, abundantly, on a grassy prairie slope, at Grinnell, Iowa, June 21, 1870.  Thirty-one male and two females were taken, all … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 29: Helen Rambles

  Rambles After Land Shells is a very unusual book.  First notice the publisher—The American Tract Society.  That publisher primarily publishes religious books, and has for most of its history. The time frame is notable as well.  The book was … Continue reading

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