William Kirby Natural History Curiosities

Who was William Kirby, the father of entomology?

William Kirby (September 19, 1759 – July 4, 1850) was an English entomologist, an original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is considered the “founder of entomology”. Family origins and early studies Kirby was a grandson of the Suffolk topographer John Kirby (author of “The Suffolk Traveller”) and …

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10 reasons why collecting insects can be important

Ten reasons for collecting and preserving insect specimens There is an increasing trend to discourage collection and preservation of biological organisms including insects and their relatives. Although insects can be studied and enjoyed without killing them using observation and photographic methods, there are a number of reasons or benefits from procuring specimens: 1. Identification of …

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