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Have a holly jolly, creepy-crawly, hopping, buzzy, clicking kind of Christmas!
Posted Friday, December 9, 2011 9:17 AM
 
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Get ’em while they last. The U of M has an abundance of framed moths, butterflies, and other insects — some exotic, some local — and now they are going on sale.

The U of M is home to Canada’s only department of entomology and its memorial museum, the J.B. Wallis-R.E. Roughley Museum of Entomology, will be selling its excess insects that are professionally mounted and framed. Prices will range from $15 to $300.

All proceeds will go to the museum and the department of entomology Graduate Student Association (DEGSA).

The Wallis-Roughly Museum is named after John Braithwaite Wallis, a school teacher and U of M alumnus who had an inordinate interest in insects and vastly increased the museum’s holdings. It is also named after Rob Roughley, a former professor in the department who died in 2009. Roughley was the former curator of the museum and was integral to obtaining funding to expand its facilities and to implement one of the first bar-coded databases for entomological museums in Canada. With over 1.5 million specimens the museum has the largest collection in Western Canada and it is the third largest in Canada. Its oldest specimen dates to 1896.


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What: Framed insect sale

When: Friday, Dec. 9, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.. Monday, Dec. 12, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: 202 Animal Science Bldg., 12 Dafoe Rd., Fort Garry Campus
 
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Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Editor, The Bulletin
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