Recently a British entomologist interested especially in the Order Lepidoptera, accompanied the naturalist on one of his regular field trips. We did not know that we had an eminent student of butterflies with us so we paid little attention to those seen along the way. In fact aside from knowing the common names of a few of the most abundant species we know practically nothing about butterflies. We do not even possess a book on the subject.
Later however, we were discussing butterflies together and he said that during the hours walk across the wild-flower fields of Paradise Valley he had noted at least fourteen distinct species, several of which were quite interesting because of their rarity. One species seen was the samllest butterfly found in the United States, and another was exceedingly rare and a third was a new species as yet uncollected and un-named.
Of course the fourteen species noted within such a small area and on one day represent a very small part of those found in the region, ad it is safe to surmise that moths are even more numerous and equally interesting. So far as we know the Order Lepidoptera has never been studied here, and nothing has been written on the subject. If so, we would be extremely happy to be put in touch with the work.
So we are issuing an invitation for some entomologist to come up and collect and study our butterflies and moths, and if any of our friends have spare butterfly or moth book (we don't mean a moth-eaten one), we would be able to accept the donation most enthusiastically. (Our reference library consists of about six volumes, all told, so you see it would be a notable addition. Although we are doing educational work it seems we are prohibited by law from buying books.) The results of such a study would be exceedingly interesting as well as valuable to us, and to the student, and in addition he would be able to put his name on that, as yet, un-named species.
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