As there are now many interesting articles about famous insect collectors on the ICF, I have created this "menu" that could help our readers find information about them. Some articles are very detailed, some very short.
A big thank you to those who have taken the time to write those interesting articles. I encourage people to transmit their knowledge about famous collectors (historic or living ones).
I believe this list, was meant to be a reference to the articles on the ICF about famous insect collectors and not a complete list of the most famous ones but its nice to here your favourite collectors. Of course we all have personal favourites. If I would have to pick a world field collector, it would be Alfred Stewart Meek and a collector who contributed to all insect orders of Britain, then James Charles Dale. The greatest museum workers, Karl Jordan and Walter Rothschild.
Nomad, I wondered if anyone has any information about the lepidopteran activities, amongst the more widely-remembered feats of reknown, by the great Victorian hunter and collector Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton, FZS, FRGS, FRAI, JP (20 September 1866 – 26 June 1940)?
Amongst his many exploits, he mounted some particularly interesting expeditions the Congo, and was there from 1905-7.
I have a Papilio zalmoxis I acquired with a few other specimens in the late 1960s, when everyone seemed to want fresh new material rather than older less pristine specimens. The surprisingly small label is on an old English stainless steel pin, which has his name on the label stating "Makala, Congo Free State. Powell-Cotton. June 1906". During that month, a doctor finally managed to reach their expedition, in the Congo basin, and attend to his recently-wed wife, who had been suffering with fevers and gastrointestinal illness for some months.
I understand from what I've read that he may have experienced problems setting up some of his expeditions due to the costs, and sometimes reluctance of museums to buy the new "type specimen" material he brought back from his expeditions in remote areas with enormous effort and manpower (eg 2 White Rhino hides and skeletons, as well as 2 Elephant materials) so funding could have been an issue at times. Did he sell some of his entomology specimens to private collectors, as well as museums? His currently extant collection has limited entomological displays at the Quex Park, Kent. I would have to arrange to visit to discover more.... one of my future projects....
IN addition to many mammals named after him (named X cottoni or powelli) There are several butterflies named cottoni or powelli species/ssp, and a genus was named after him: Powellana cottoni (monotypic genus) Iolaus catori cottoni Bebearia cottoni Euphaedra cottoni
Anyone know more about his lepidopteran accomplishments, and those of his offspring? Anyone know who/where he sold specimens to?
The entomological area of his accomplishments is surely an important missing chapter in our lists.
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