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Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre 22 December — 11 October was a French naturalist, entomologist, and author known for the lively style of his popular books on the lives of insects. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching in Carpentras whilst pursuing further studies. Fabre was a popular teacher, physicist, chemist and botanist. However, he is probably best known for his findings in the field of entomology, the study of insects, and is considered by many to be the father of modern entomology.

Much of his enduring popularity is due to his marvellous teaching ability and his manner of writing about the lives of insects in biographical form, which he preferred to a clinically detached, journalistic mode of recording. In doing so he combined what he called "my passion for scientific truth" with keen observations and an engaging, colloquial style of writing.

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Fabre translated wrote:. Others again have reproached me with my style, which has not the solemnity, nay, better, the dryness of the schools. They fear lest a page that is read without fatigue should not always be the expression of the truth. Were I to take their word for it, we are profound only on condition of being obscure. His Souvenirs Entomologiques is a series of texts on insects and arachnids. He influenced the later writings of Charles Darwin , who called Fabre "an inimitable observer".

Fabre, however, was a Christian who remained sceptical about Darwin's theory of evolution, as he always held back from all theories and systems. His special force was exact and detailed observation, field research, always avoiding general conclusions from his observations, which he considered premature. In one of Fabre's most famous experiments, he arranged pine processionary caterpillars to form a continuous loop around the edge of a pot. As each caterpillar instinctively followed the silken trail of the caterpillars in front of it, the group moved around in a circle for seven days.

He further was able to forecast low atmospheric pressure events by observing the behaviours of the caterpillars. In the English speaking world, he became known through the extensive translations of his work by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos , carried out from to Fortin, Masson et C ie , Paris. It was published in livraisons, each containing a mixture of text and plates for each class. Completed sets of livraisons were subsequently bound into 20 volumes divided into sections. The insect section comprised two volumes, each with two parts text and atlas [ vide infra ].

The Coleoptera are on pages 81— of the first volume, issued in the following livraisons: : pp. The dates of publication are from Cowan : 55—56 unless otherwise noted. Atlas [I]. The Coleoptera are on plates 15—75 including 22 bis , 39 bis , 40 bis , 44 bis , 53 bis , 66 bis , and 74 bis. The names of the insects depicted on the plates are considered type-species designations as indicated in the title of the work. Plate 15 shows beetle larvae and a pupa of various families.


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The species depicted on plates 16—75 are listed in Appendix 1. Supplement to the check list of the Coleoptera of America, north of Mexico. Cassino, Boston. Erster Band. This volume was published in two Lieferungen : 1 : pp. Zweiter Band. This volume was published in two Lieferungen : 3 : pp.

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Catalogue of Hispidae in the collection of the British Museum. Part I. Printed by order of the Trustees, London. Descriptions of new genera and species of Phytophaga. Part 2.

Jean-Henri Fabre

Phytophaga part. Hispidae by J.

Baly, with an appendix by G. Cassididae by C. Taylor and Francis, London.

This section was published in eight parts as follows see Lyal : 88 : pp. Office of Superintendent of Government printing, Calcutta. The genera insectorum of Linnaeus exemplified by various specimens of English insects drawn from nature.

Sewell, London. The text is written in English and French, mostly in parallel columns. Engelmann : , Graesse : and other bibliographers mentioned a second edition, essentially a reissue of the first edition with a change of title page Evenhuis a : 70 , published in n.

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Published by order of the government of India. Tribe Longicornia. Longicornia by Henry Walter Bates, F. Bruchides by David Sharp, M. This work was issued in several parts. The dates listed at the bottom of the first page of each sheet are: pp.

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The collation for the plates is from Lyal : Biologia Centrali-Americana. Part 1. This work was published in several parts. The volume covers the Cicindelidae and Carabidae. The title page is dated — Pectinicornia and Lamellicornia. The volume covers the families Lucanidae pp. It also includes a supplement pp. Geodephaga and Longicornia.

List of Coleoptera collected by Mr. Jameson on the Aruwimi. By the late James S. Jameson, naturalist to the expedition. Edited by Mrs. Porter, London. Simpson, who has paid especial attention to this family. The only new species described by Bates is Tefflus jamesoni Bates, n. Peter Cameron. Eaton, F.