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Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., Marc E. Epstein

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Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.
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Moths, myths, and mosquitoes
Title remainder
the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.
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Marc E. Epstein
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eng
Summary
  • "On September 26, 1924, the ground collapsed beneath a truck in a back alley in Washington, D.C., revealing a mysterious underground labyrinth. In spite of wild speculations, the tunnel was not the work of German spies, but rather an aging, eccentric Smithsonian scientist named Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. While Dyar's covert tunneling habits may seem far-fetched, they were merely one of many oddities in Dyar's unbelievable life. For the first time, insect biosystemist Marc E. Epstein presents a complete account of Dyar's life story. Dyar, one of the most influential biologists of the twentieth century, focused his entomological career on building natural classifications of various groups of insects. His revolutionary approach to taxonomy, which examined both larval and adult stages of insects, brought about major changes in the scientific community's understanding of natural relationships and insect systematics. He was also the father of what came to be known as Dyar's Law, a pragmatic method to standardize information on insect larval stages as they grow. Over the course of his illustrious career at the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1897-1929, Dyar named over 3,000 species, established the "List of North American Lepidoptera," an unrivaled catalog of moths and butterflies, and built one of the nation's premier lepidoptera and mosquito collections. However, Dyar's scientific accomplishments are a mere component of this remarkable biography. Epstein offers an account of Dyar's complicated personal life, from his feuds with fellow entomologists to the scandalous revelation that he was married to two wives at the same time. Epstein also chronicles Dyar's exploration of the Baha'i faith, his extensive travels, his innumerable works of unpublished fiction, and the loss of his wealth from bad investments. Comprehensive and engaging, Moths, Myths, and Mosquitoes will delight entomologists and historians alike, as well as anyone interested in exploring the zany life of one of America's virtually unknown scientific geniuses"--
  • "Known for years by Washington, D.C. history buffs and entomologists as an eccentric's eccentric for his underground tunnels, bigamy, and fighting with colleagues, it is oft forgotten that Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. was a world-class scientist from 1890s until his death. His contributions to the understanding of evolution, classification, and the biology of moths, mosquitoes and primitive wasps have stood the test of time, as have his underappreciated contributions to building the national collections of these insects at the Smithsonian Institution"--
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individual biography
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Epstein, Marc E
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  • 595.7092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
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non fiction
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  • bibliography
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  • Dyar, Harrison G.
  • Entomologists
  • Lepidoptera
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Dyar, Harrison G.
  • Entomologists
  • Lepidoptera
  • United States
  • Dyar, Harrison G
Label
Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., Marc E. Epstein
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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text
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Contents
Preparatory stages. The Dyars and the Hannums : 1805-1875 ; Dyar, Jr. : early growth stages and development : 1875-1889 ; Collecting and rearing Lepidoptera, and Dyar's law : 1882-1891 ; Long collecting trips and sawflies : 1889-1897 ; Postgraduate education on classification of moths and bacteria at Columbia : 1892-1895 ; Genealogy of the Limacodidae and the Dyars ; Last days in New York, L.O. Howard, and a move to the U.S. National Museum -- Beginning a new life at the USNM and in Washington. Life in the District of Columbia and Wellesca Pollock ; Beginning a career building the National Collection of Lepidoptera ; Battle of the titans Smith and Dyar, and their new love -- the "Skeets" ; Collecting and travels : 1898-1909 ; Literature wars and last battles with Smith : 1904-1911 ; Gains and losses as a professional lepidopterist : 1907-1914 -- Scandal, divorces, and their aftermath. Wellesca's Bahá'í faith, new wealth, and growing concerns by Zella as Dyar's life begins to unravel : 1906-1908 ; Marriage troubles : 1909-1913 ; The separation : 1914-1915 ; Divorce wrangling in Reno : 1915 ; Divorces, appeals, and bigamy : 1916-1921 ; After the scandal, dismissal, and friend Knab : 1917-1918 -- The final decade : attempts at reinstatement. The National Collection of Lepidoptera, its workers, and their tiffs : 1920s ; Mosquitoes and Dyar's pursuit of reinstatement ; Dyar and his tunnels : Dupont Circle & B Street ; Personal life and Bahá'ís in the 1920s ; Unity in the UNSM Lepidoptera Section and acquiring the Barnes Collection ; Final travels, projects, and days as Custodian of Lepidoptera ; Financial collapse and final push for reinstatement : 1925-1929 -- Epilogue. Wellesca's admission to the fictitious marriage ; It took two entomologists to replace Dyar ; Final days of Zella P. Dyar and Wellesca P.A. Dyar ; Final resting places ; Grandchildren find each other at the same school
Control code
ocn926623403
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvii, 325 pages
Isbn
9780190215255
Lccn
2015014631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)926623403
Label
Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., Marc E. Epstein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preparatory stages. The Dyars and the Hannums : 1805-1875 ; Dyar, Jr. : early growth stages and development : 1875-1889 ; Collecting and rearing Lepidoptera, and Dyar's law : 1882-1891 ; Long collecting trips and sawflies : 1889-1897 ; Postgraduate education on classification of moths and bacteria at Columbia : 1892-1895 ; Genealogy of the Limacodidae and the Dyars ; Last days in New York, L.O. Howard, and a move to the U.S. National Museum -- Beginning a new life at the USNM and in Washington. Life in the District of Columbia and Wellesca Pollock ; Beginning a career building the National Collection of Lepidoptera ; Battle of the titans Smith and Dyar, and their new love -- the "Skeets" ; Collecting and travels : 1898-1909 ; Literature wars and last battles with Smith : 1904-1911 ; Gains and losses as a professional lepidopterist : 1907-1914 -- Scandal, divorces, and their aftermath. Wellesca's Bahá'í faith, new wealth, and growing concerns by Zella as Dyar's life begins to unravel : 1906-1908 ; Marriage troubles : 1909-1913 ; The separation : 1914-1915 ; Divorce wrangling in Reno : 1915 ; Divorces, appeals, and bigamy : 1916-1921 ; After the scandal, dismissal, and friend Knab : 1917-1918 -- The final decade : attempts at reinstatement. The National Collection of Lepidoptera, its workers, and their tiffs : 1920s ; Mosquitoes and Dyar's pursuit of reinstatement ; Dyar and his tunnels : Dupont Circle & B Street ; Personal life and Bahá'ís in the 1920s ; Unity in the UNSM Lepidoptera Section and acquiring the Barnes Collection ; Final travels, projects, and days as Custodian of Lepidoptera ; Financial collapse and final push for reinstatement : 1925-1929 -- Epilogue. Wellesca's admission to the fictitious marriage ; It took two entomologists to replace Dyar ; Final days of Zella P. Dyar and Wellesca P.A. Dyar ; Final resting places ; Grandchildren find each other at the same school
Control code
ocn926623403
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvii, 325 pages
Isbn
9780190215255
Lccn
2015014631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)926623403

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