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Re: oldest specimen in a US collection?

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FYI: today while looking through some of the card files Mike refers to I saw some cards stamped with "Notes by Lugger". We are digitizing some of these types of cards, but of course resources are hard to find since most here do not appreciate/understand the value of archives!

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David G. Furth, Ph.D.
Department of Entomology
MRC 165, P.O. Box 37012
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D. C. 20013-7012  USA
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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ivie, Michael
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 12:41 AM
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Subject: Re: oldest specimen in a US collection?

Frank,

Funny, I know several Luggers/Lugers in California and Ohio.  I agree the date is probably wrong, but as of yet, we don't know.  If I remember correctly, Huber was also German?  I will check on that.  The answer to this is probably in the card files David Furth is digitizing at the NMNH.  If it was Otto, the data are probably in the 1885-1888 card records. 

Mike
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Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2014 10:30 PM
To: Ivie, Michael; [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: oldest specimen in a US collection?

Mike,
I grew up (somewhat) in Germany for three decades and have never met anyone called Lugger. This name is not too common, I guess. I never heard it before I came across Otto, but I am a southerner and that naval name might be more common in the north.
Still, it would be a remarkable coincidence to have two insect collectors with a rather uncommon German name and the same initial collecting in the same part of the world half a century apart. Whatever, nothing is impossible, but typos or misread handwriting is not uncommon.
Frank

Dr. Frank-T. Krell
Curator of Entomology
Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature Chair, ICZN ZooBank Committee Department of Zoology Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Denver, CO 80205-5798 USA
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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ivie, Michael [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2014 9:51 PM
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Subject: oldest specimen in a US collection?

Yes, we noticed this, and have been working on it.  The actual specimen bears no date, the date 1824 comes from Huber 1924.  There are 2 possibilities: a mistake in the date or a different Lugger -- Lugger is a common name, and the link to Otto seems to have been by the databasers.  The crossed 7 does not hold up though, Otto's time in DC was 1885-1888.  Plus, Huber would have familiar with such a common convention.

Mike
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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Arthur V. Evans [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2014 9:02 PM
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Subject: Re: oldest specimen in a US collection?

Frank,

I noticed this discrepancy, too. Luggo didn't arrive in the US until 1865. Curiously, the same date (1824) appears in Huber's original description of Callimome dubiosum, suggesting that the label on the specimen is incorrect. According to one of several of biographies, Luggo lived in Baltimore between 1875 and 1885.

Cheers, ART

Arthur V. Evans, D.Sc.

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On Nov 27, 2014, at 10:49 PM, Dr Frank T. Krell <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Mike,
Otto Lugger was born in 1844 (see http://www.jstor.org/stable/1628640). If you click on the index number at O. Lugger in the record, you will find the same. I guess this 1824 is a typo. It cannot be 1924 since Lugger died in 1901. Possibly 1874. Lugger was German and likely wrote Central European sevens with a dash through the middle. I get my sevens sometimes read as twos by my (US) volunteers.
Cheers

Frank

Dr. Frank-T. Krell
Curator of Entomology
Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature Chair, ICZN ZooBank Committee Department of Zoology Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205-5798 USA
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lab page: http://www.dmns.org/krell-lab


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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael A. Ivie [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:19 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: oldest specimen in a US collection?

I know this thread died a while ago, but I just stumbled on to this 1824 specimen at The Ohio State University

http://hol.osu.edu/spmInfo.html?id=OSUC%20320219

Mike


On 4/30/2014 2:01 PM, Gelhaus,Jon wrote:
All

The Titian Peale Butterfly and Moth Collection here at the Academy of Natural Sciences collection has specimens from the late 1820's and includes a butterfly type described by Say in 1828.  Since Peale illustrated this specimen for Say's American Entomology we have to assume the specimen was collected sometime before 1828.  All of these specimens and data are viewable and searchable online, so feel free to use this resource for students.

http://clade.ansp.org/entomology/collections/peale/peale.php?mode=specimen&box=1A&cork=12

The illustration of this specimen is available here:

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-64fb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

We are just finishing a species inventory of the Academy's entomology collection.  We are now exceeding 106,000 species, about 10% of the described insects.  At once a magnificent collection - 106,000 species!, and at the same time certainly not enough with only 10% of described insect species referenced.  This species inventory database can be searched through the link below.  It also links with the Peale Collection and our Type Collection databases.

Yes - we have not been at this endeavor very long trying to understand our nation's insect biodiversity.

Best wishes

Jon Gelhaus

Jon K. Gelhaus, Ph.D.
Professor, Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences Curator of Entomology The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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