Tag Archives: Insects

1665: Fleas

Gerard ter Borch: Boy Ridding his Dog of Fleas (1665)

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1914: The Rothschilds’ Fleas

Although he may not have paid £1,000 for a flea in 1914 (about $135,000 today), the banker Charles Rothschild was in fact a respected entomologist and an avid collector of fleas. He acquired some 260,000 specimens, including about 500 new … Continue reading

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1864: Blue Morpho

Martin Johnson Heade: Blue Morpho Butterfly (c. 1864)

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17th Century: Akitsu

17th century dragonfly-shaped samurai helmet (source) “In Japan, the dragonfly symbolizes focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down, and sideways while continuing to face forward. Ancient texts refer to Japan as Akitsushima (Island of the … Continue reading

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1885: Explain Yourself!

Unattributed frontispiece for an 1885 edition of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass (source) —from the University of Florida’s “Afterlife of Alice” collection, part of the extensive Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (here). The Caterpillar and Alice … Continue reading

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