December 11, 2020
VMNH Research Associate and Board of Trustees member Dr. Art Evans has provided yet another generous donation to the museum's invertebrate collection!
In early December, Dr. Evans donated nearly 3,000 pinned insect specimen generated from his work at the James River Park System in Richmond. Insect surveys, such as the one conducted by Dr. Evans, do not only fill in existing gaps in our knowledge of the Commonwealth's invertebrate fauna, but also are critical to future conservation planning and natural resource management.
The materials represent 13 different insect orders and include VMNH's first specimens of the Asian Jumping Mantis, Statilia maculata (Thunberg), and the rarely collected, recently described, hover fly Microdon scauros Skevington & Locke.
Thank you, Art, for all of your contributions to the Virginia Museum of Natural History!