Tag Archives: curation

Bressler longhorned beetle collection

The longhorned beetle, Typocerus zebra (Olivier, 1795) In May, Dr. Ellen Brown of Fredericksburg, Virginia donated the collection of her husband Dr. Barry Lee Bressler (1936 – 2017) to the Virginia Tech Insect Collection. Dr. Bressler, who was born in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Professor Smyth’s Butterflies

Papered insects of Ellison Smyth, founding head of VT Biological Sciences Did you know that the first football coach of Virginia Tech, Professor Ellison Smyth, was also a butterfly collector? In fact, Professor Smyth was also one of the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New Insect Cabinets!

Our new insect cabinets are here! We now have museum-quality, archival cabinets specially engineered for the protective storage of our pinned specimens. The double-door cabinets are over 7’ tall and hold 48 Cornell drawers. They are made from heavy gauge steel … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Things I’ve Found While Transferring Specimens

We’ve been transferring our pinned insect specimens into new unit trays for several weeks now, an activity best described as time-consuming. When finished, we’ll have replaced our current mix of old, hard-bottomed and various types of soft-bottomed unit trays in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

A Weird Beetle and a Lesson on Proper Labels

I’ve been sorting through some donated material over the past week and found a really cool insect to share today. When I first saw it, my reaction was “What is THAT?” There was no collection data label associated with this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Greetings from the New Home of the Virginia Tech Insect Collection!

My name is Dr. Theresa Dellinger, but I go by the nickname of Tree. I’m the collections manager for the Virginia Tech Insect Collection (VTEC). I’ve spent much of the past semester moving the collection from an off campus storage … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New home

Seitz Hall, the new home of Virginia Tech’s Insect Collection This winter, the Virginia Tech Insect Collection is moving back to campus. After 20 years of temporary storage at Price’s Fork Research Facility (7 km east of campus), the 125-year-old … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Support from the National Science Foundation

I am pleased to announce that our proposal for a Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) grant that we submitted for the Virginia Tech Insect Collection has been funded by the National Science Foundation! This award from the Division … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McGinleying

VTech Insect Collection Assessment Over the past month our lab has been taking part in an activity we have fondly come to refer to as “McGinleying.” Ronald J. McGinley was a curator at the National Museum of Natural History in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Taking a Look Around

I am a graduate student in the department of entomology and I  signed up for an independent class with Dr. Paul Marek.  The idea has been that I can learn things about our collection and curating.  You might imagine that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment