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Articles for author Frank Krell: 48

  • At the beginning of August, we became serious about our LepNet grant. Eric Knutson started as curatorial assistant in the NSF-funded Lepidoptera of North America Network. In the next year or so, Eric and his databasing volunteers will digitize and catalogue over 20,000 butterfliies and moths, thousa…
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  • As of yesterday, the DMNS Entomology Collection (and our Arachnology collection) are part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Our database records so far were available only through the Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network, and are now integrated in the world's largest data…
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  • Last year, Eric Eaton, the author of the indispensable Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, decided to donate his private insect collection to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The fruits of over 40 years collecting, 42,200 insects of different orders, mainly from the United Sta…
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  • Today I saw this year's first Japanese Beetles in City Park's rose garden next to the Museum. Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica; length about 10 mm, 3/8 inch) are an invasive horticultural pest that should not be here and should not be able to survive in Colorado's dry climate. They arrived in 191…
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  • Last Sunday, we welcomed Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem University in Palestine. He is on a busy schedule traveling through the United States, giving talks and joining discussions on the enviroment, natural history museums, and peace in the Middle East. In 2014, with the support of Bethlehem Un…
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  • On July 5, 26 microlepidopterists and aficionados of micro-moths from North America and Europe came together at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to present results of ongoing reseach and discuss dissection and preparation methods for those tiny and fragile, nevertheless beautiful insects. T…
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  • A new species of worm was discovered at a toxic cave in Steamboat Springs, Colorado by David Steinmann, Research Associate of the Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The unusual worms were named Limnodrilus sulphurensis in the scientific journal Zootaxa, with the name be…
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  • New Caledonia is a biodiversity hotspot, with a high number of endemic species, many of which living in very small areas. Go to another mountain, or just a few miles to another valley, and you might find a different set of species. Since the early 2000s, Dr Jörn Theuerkauf from the Museum and Instit…
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  • In September we reached another milestone in our efforts to make our collections globally accessible through the SCAN portal: Our wonderful team of citizen scientist volunteers topped the mark of 80,000 databased specimens from the entomology collection. Supported by two NSF grants (CSBR and SCAN) a…
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