A single California mole cricket and a few insects from Texas
form the humble beginning of a collection that will, in 150
years, rank among the worlds top ten.
The Department is established and Hans Hermann Behr appointed
Fire destroys 50,000 specimens, but type specimens of over
260 insect species were rescued.
Growing collections move into efficient compactor storage
occupying the entire second floor of the new Wattis Hall.
A complete inventory and upgrade of the collection result
in one of the best curated entomological collections in the
Expeditions to Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar involved
Academy researchers and Malagasy students in an intensive
survey of rainforest insects and spiders.
Researchers pursue their investigations worldwide, from Papua
New Guinea to Costa Rica, particularly in Madagascar, continental
Africa, and Yunnan, China.