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Three shell specimens

The man behind the world’s largest private shell collection

Volunteer Harry Lee has been transferring shells to the Florida Museum one car load at a time for eight years Nearly every Wednesday at 7:05 a.m. for the past eight years, Dr. Harry G. Lee drives 90 minutes from his home in Jacksonville to volunteer...
drawer of sack-bearer moth specimens

Houses of silk, poop and plants: Meet the sack-bearer moths

Ryan St Laurent, a doctoral student at the Florida Museum's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, studies an obscure, strange family of moths known as Mimallonidae, or sack-bearer moths. As caterpillars, these insects make houses out of po...
Tom Emmel

Butterfly expert Thomas Emmel has died

The Florida Museum is shocked and saddened by the passing of Thomas Emmel, our colleague and friend, who died over the weekend, apparently from natural causes, ...

Teachers receive fossils, create lesson plans at museum workshop

Florida Museum of Natural History researchers and amateur paleontologists teamed up to give K-12 teachers a crash course that came with some impressive party favors: real fossils. Through a four-day workshop in August 2017, called FOSSILs4Teachers...