Harvard University's Caribbean Insects: Taxonomic Literature

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Biodiversity Efforts Involving Caribbean Insects and Plants
Learn about work in Hispaniola and the Caribbean by the Consortium for Biodiversity of the Caribbean (CBC).

Caribbean Insect & Plant Database
A searchable database (with images) of specimens from the collections of the participating institutions in the Dominican Republic and United States (see Consortium for Biodiversity of the Caribbean).

Insect Taxonomy
The Class Insecta comprises 31 distinctive groups given the taxonomic rank of Order. General information for each of the major insect orders is presented here. For K-12.

Entomology Field Course
Tropical Insect Systematics (OEB 156r), a course led by Professor BrianFarrell (Professor of Biology and Curator in Entomology, Harvard University) alternate spring semesters. Students contribute to the consortium effort to organize and disseminate information on Caribbean insects and plants through digitizing taxonomic literature, assembling educational materials in the form of posters and field guides and participate in expeditions to the Dominican Republic together with Dominican scientists and students.

Field Guides
Browse field guides for some Caribbean insects and plants.

See posters featuring Caribbean insects and plants.

Taxonomic Literature
Representative taxonomic scientific literature for each of the major insect orders.

Making a Difference - Saving a national treasure in Hispaniola (PDF)
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), marks the first anniversary of the entry of its natural history collections into the digital global community.

Harvard in the Caribbean
Read about current work being carried out in the Caribbean in context of the history of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Recently Discovered Invasive Butterfly in the Dominican Republic (PDF)
First New World documentation of an Old World citrus pest, the Lime Swallowtail Papilio demoleus (Lepidoptera:Papilionidae), in the Dominican Republic (Hispaniola).

Harvard Students Build Dominican Insect Database
Farrell class combines high technology, fieldwork to jump start national collection

Brian Farrell Meets the Beetles
Understanding beetle biodiversity and their effect on agriculture

Dominican Insects Make Natural Art
Harvard entomologist brings nature's beauty to the public

A Taste for Flowers Helped Beetles Conquer the World; In Evolutionary Biology, Diet is Destiny
Casting new light on the realtionships between beetles and flowering plants and the realted patterns of speciation

Insect hunters aim to track down every species in the world
A Boston Globe Article about cataloguing the diversity of the Dominican Republic, building an encyclopedia of life, and teaching students.



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