When entomologist Lambertus Toxopeus died in a tragic motor accident in 1951, his ongoing research froze in time and the notes, labels and drawers he had been working on remained untouched for decades. He was planning a revision of a few butterfly groups, including some lace-wing butterflies and quite a few Nymphalid genera. In the Naturalis collection, many specimens bear his handwritten labels, with new species and subspecies names and the intended type status of those particular specimens. However, because Toxopeus never had the chance to publish any of these revisions, these manuscript names have caused a great deal of confusion since the 1950’s. How should we deal with this problem? Continue reading
A collection is made of much more than a series objects. It is also made of information. Data written on labels, the kind op paper used, the preparation techniques, journals, photographs, catalogues, publications… all of it adds scientific and historical value to the objects. This is the story of Dr. Van Groenendael collection: butterflies, WWII and newspaper clippings.