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 Lema daturaphila - Three-lined Potato Beetle - Lema daturaphila

Lema daturaphila - Three-lined Potato Beetle - Lema daturaphila
Lansdowne, Leeds and Thousand Island, Ontario, Canada
August 5, 2013
Size: 11-12 mm

Permission to use photo
Dear Dr. Hennige,

I am writing to you to ask permission to use two of your photographs posted on, Lema daturaphila (photo #819653) and Nemognatha nemorensis (photo #1104873). I represent the Webster Groves Nature Study Society (WGNSS), a nonprofit nature study organization in the St. Louis, MO area. We are working to publish the observations of one of our members, Fr. Jim Sullivan, in book form.

Fr. Jim Sullivan is a 77 year old Catholic priest in the old-time tradition of clergy-scientist. A longtime member of WGNSS and an outstanding Missouri botanist, he has been leading weekly botany walks on his day off for 50 years. During that time he has made a wealth of observations on leaf-eating beetles and other insects in eastern Missouri, all of which he has faithfully recorded. The WGNSS board of directors, of which I am a member, has decided that it would like to publish Fr. Sullivan's observations in book form. Another board member, Steve Turner, and I have taken on the task of helping Fr. Sullivan to get his book published. He needs help because he really is old-time, no cell phone, no camera, all handwritten observations. Our goal is to get his book published by the end of 2018.

Fr. Sullivan has collected information on over 50 insects, mostly beetles. We would like to have a photo or illustration of each one for the book. In the past two years we have managed to find and photograph about 20 species but are still lacking a significant number. We are wondering if you would give us permission to use your photograph in the book. If you grant us your permission, your copyright would be preserved independently of the book's copyright and, of course, your authorship would be acknowledged.

The Webster Groves Nature Study Society (WGNSS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920. At that time, the Smithsonian Institution sponsored such societies as a way to involve citizen scientists in the study of nature. Most of these societies faded away, but the Webster Groves Nature Study Society has persisted with a current membership of over 200. We have 5 interest groups: botany, entomology, birding, book club, and photography. We have an outreach program that sponsors talks in local schools and we also award 3 scholarships a year to aid deserving undergraduate and graduate students with their reseach expenses. We have 10 general membership monthly meetings a year on a variety of subjects. For a more detailed description of our organization please go to

WGNSS previously (many years ago) published Birds of the St. Louis Area. Income realized from the sale of these books has gone into the WGNSS general fund to support the activities of WGNSS. Fr. Sullivan, Steve Turner, and I are all volunteers, receiving no compensation for the work. While we do not expect a large number of sales (perhaps in the low hundreds of copies), any funds realized will go toward our non-profit activities.

George Van Brunt

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