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History of the Butterfly, Part 33: Henry writes about Insects

Henry Parker was a prolific writer.  He wrote several books and I have seen a number of articles published under his name in scientific journals.  However, I have only seen one article about an insect (or an invertebrate of any kind, for … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 28: Introducing Helen Fitch Parker

I have an obsession with this little butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, which was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa, just twenty or so miles from where I grew up.  I have tried unsuccessfully to photograph it, and tried (before I realized just how … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 13: Henry Gets a Little Weird

Henry W. Parker, the poet who described the Poweshiek skipper seemed to have a fairly consistent theme in his poetry.  Unless it was for some special event, his poetry always seemed to have some kind of religious theme and never strayed too … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 12: The Poet Again

In 1870 Henry Parker wrote the scientific description for the Poweshiek skipper.  That same year, he left Iowa and accepted a position at the Massachusetts Agricultural College as the college preacher, and also as professor of “Mental, Moral, and Social Science.” In … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 11: The Poet Who Described the Butterfly

Henry W. Parker wrote the scientific description of the Poweshiek skipper, now called Oarisma poweshiek. In 1865 the Iowa Wool-Grower’s Association had a sheep-sheering festival in Grinnell, Iowa.  The Reverend Henry W. Parker had recently moved to Iowa, and was … Continue reading

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