Considerably more than one half of all the known species of living things are insects. These make vital contact with man at every angle of his living. Crops are raised, possessions of many kinds are kept, health of man and beast is maintained and many other activities made successful only after a combat with insect enemies. A knowledge of the insect life of a region is highly desirable not only for its economic relationships, but because of still greater value as a pure science problem. Since Iowa stands at the focus of a great mid-west faunal region, a knowledge of its insect population, would be of value to the surrounding states in addition to its large worth at home. These reasons as well as the value of such an undertaking for a department project led us, some years ago to begin work on a geographic and seasonal distribution survey of the insects of Iowa. The project presents problems of collecting, identifications, and housing and arrangement of specimens and records.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1934 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Jaques, H. E.
"A Progress Report of a Survey of the Insects of Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 41(1), 305-307.
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