Otto Lugger was born in 1844 (see 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.


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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


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

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.

The illustration of this specimen is available here:

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

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