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Lucien Harris Jr. Lepidoptera Collection


Lucien Harris Jr., was one of the country’s most dedicated naturalists and spent a lifetime studying the natural history of Georgia and other southeastern states. Harris worked with Herbert Stoddard in organizing the Georgia Society of Naturalists in the early 1930s. As a result of their friendship and shared interests, Harris donated virtually all of the specimens he collected between 1930 and 1970 to the Natural History Museum at Tall Timbers.

The collection served as the basis for Butterflies of Georgia. It consists of over 1200 specimens not only from Georgia and Florida, but also from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.  In 2010 Tall Timbers’ Research Program was awarded a biological research collection grant from the National Science Foundation to image and database the collection served by Morphbank Zebrafor online accessibility ( When completed Morphbank will host over 2500 images of Tall Timbers’ butterfly collection.

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