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Harry C. Belcher Lepidoptera Collection

Weymouth Public Libraries, Tufts Library

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Harry C. Belcher (1923-1998) of East Weymouth, Massachusetts began collecting butterflies in 1952 and amassed a collection of more than 5,000 specimens by the time he donated his collection to the Weymouth Public Libraries in 1974. As well as butterflies, the collection includes moths, beetles, tarantulas, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, katydids, and cocoons. Mr. Belcher traded butterflies with collectors in Japan, Brazil, India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia.