A large collection of about eight thousand Hymenopterous insects from Chile has been received by the Museum of Comparative Zoology, if was announced yesterday by Associate Professor Banks, curator of the museum. The collection is a gift from the late Paul Herbst, a German friend of the museum long resident in Chile.
Herbst was particularly interested in bees, which are found in Chile in many remarkable forms. Some of the new types which he described are included in the recent acquisition.
In addition to the bees, there are specimens of many kinds of solitary wasps of peculiar appearance, among them a number of the remarkable family Thynnidae, a species which occurs most frequently in Australia and Chile. In these insects the two sexes are of entirely different appearance and are consequently known by different names. The collection also includes nests of some of the bees studied by Herbst.
A few of the more remarkable features of the collection are now on exhibition in the third floor of the Agassiz Museum.