Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Felt, Ephraim Porter

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3780
Ephraim Felt was born in Massachusetts on January 7, 1868. He graduated from Massachusetts State Agricultural College with a B.Sc. degree in 1891 and then became assistant to Fernald and studied the gypsy moth. In 1892 he was awarded a fellowship to Cornell University, studied with Comstock, and received a D.Sc. in 1894. From 1893 to 1895 he taught natural science at the Clinton Liberal Institute, and then worked in the office of the State Entomologist (Fig. 16) of New York, becoming State Entomologist (a job he held for 30 years) when the incumbent, J.A. Lintner, died in 1898. In 1904 appeared in print his “The mosquitoes or Culicidae of New York State” and in 1906 his two-volume “Insect affecting park and woodland trees.” His work on gall midges (Cecidomyiidae) was copious, and in his life he described 1,060 species of them, publishing in 1940 “Plant galls and gall makers.” Additionally, he wrote several books on trees, and worked on wind-borne insects, the role of insects as...
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