I cannot resist sharing a small entomological tale I tripped across today. While sorting out specimens related to a new spittlebug species from the California coast I was looking closely at six specimens I borrowed from the Field Museum. They were collected
in Carmel, California by C.L. Hubbs on June 17, 1918. They are the oldest specimens in the materials before me and Hubbs was a familiar name, so I did a little online sleuthing.
Turns out Carl Hubbs was a well known ichthyologist who spent the core of his career at the University of Michigan. But, from Wikipedia and his National Academy of Sciences obit I found that he had spent three years, 1917-1920, as an assistant curator at the
Field Museum, that he came originally from California, and that he and his wife had met at Stanford. They were married on June 15, 1918. Evidently he was an all around naturalist and collected the specimens before me while they were on their honeymoon in
My wife Ruth and I spent three lovely days there in August 2018, collecting some of the same bugs while staying a charming little bungalow, by coincidence just a hundred years later. How's that for a little bug romance!
Happy Valentines day to all,