I have received an e-mail from John Heppner informing me that:
"Tom Emmel died today in Brazil. He was on his way back to the US from Rondonia, supposed to get in last night, but the flight to Orlando was delayed waiting on fuel for jet, and airline had put all passengers up in a hotel last night. Tom was found dead in his hotel room, from apparently natural causes."
This is very sad news, as well as being one of the eminent US lepidopterists he was also founder of the McGuire Centre in Gainsville, Florida.
Post by louisianacurmudgeon on May 29, 2018 10:43:33 GMT
It was only three months ago he was here visiting me. TomEmmel (left) is founding director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, located in Gainesville, Florida, and on (right) is Vernon Brou holding a box of Eudocima moths just removed from the pinning boards and out of the drying oven. Behind the camera was Marie Emmerson, Senior Director of Development Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Both visited the research collection of about 400,000 mostly moths of Louisiana. And, we discussed 'bugs' as we went through several hundreds of Cornell drawers. All of us (Tom, Marie, Vernon, and Charlotte) had a great local cuisine lunch where we talked about more bugs and bug trap methods.
Another good example why we should offer each kid a butterfly net.
RIP Tom !
Great Article and description of a new species. It's a great story - but unbeknownst to the authors, their story has one inaccuracy in it. Tom is not the only person to have collected the species because I picked it up about 20 years ago (30 years after Tom discovered it).
I was doing some work on a project that involved Cyllopsis earlier this week, and in digging through my drawers I found a short series of the species collected just 4 km east of where he found it. I determined these bugs with a big question mark because they did not really look much like C escalanti - the name I tentatively placed on them. If it isn't a skipper - it generally confuses me!
It is indeed a great species, and a very nice tribute to Tom.