collecting, insects, taxonomy, history of science


Biology | Entomology


Carolyn G. Shapiro-Shapin, Ph.D.


This project aimed to analyze the development of insect classification and the shift from the realm of the amateur naturalist to professional science. It looked to address questions regarding entomology as a developing science and how effectively it reflects larger changes in the field of biology and the development of natural history collections. This work was for a synthesis of time periods from the beginnings of classification in the ancient world through the 20th century, a more general timeline than is typically approached. The research needed for the completion of this paper was based on secondary source research in the form of journal articles, books on specific time periods, and compilations on the history of entomology. It also included looking at the development of entomological displays and the preservation of specimens in natural history museums and their precursors.