Published: July 27, 2012

A Century of Butterflies and Moths

Katherine Webbink, Information Systems Specialist, Information Technology

Collection Manager Jim Boone takes us on a tour through the Herman Strecker Moth and Butterfly Collection. The history of the collection and some its most interesting specimens are explored.

Collection Manager Jim Boone takes us on a tour through the Herman Strecker Moth and Butterfly Collection. The history of the collection and some its most interesting specimens are explored.

Explore the Field Museum's Lepidoptera collections online, and find out more about the Strecker Collection. For highlights of the Field Museum's entire insect collection, you can also follow Jim's Insect of the Week to see a variety of specimens collected by Herman Strecker and others over time.


Katherine Webbink

In the Technology Department, Kate works on cataloging the Field Museum's digital media--how do we preserve the digital media bits of natural history? For now, the answer here seems to involve a lot of DNGs. Going forward, digital formats and the workflows that go with them change all the time, so collections need to stay on their toes if they don't want to lose data and the ideas that go with them.