Guy Shewell, M.Sc.


Trypetisoma sticticum (Lauxaniidae) photo by Lynn Bergen (image from BugGuide)

Biographic Sketch (Excerpted from: Cumming, J.M., Sinclair, B.J., Brooks, S.E., O’Hara, J.E. and Skevington, J.H. 2011. The history of dipterology at the Canadian National Collection of Insects with special reference to the Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Canadian Entomologist 143: xxx–xxx.).

Guy was born on July 16, 1913 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. The Canadian government sponsored him to come to Canada to study agriculture at Macdonald College (McGill University), which resulted in a B.Sc. in 1935 and a M.Sc. in 1937. Guy joined the Diptera Unit in 1937, but his entomological career was put on hold during his war-time service with the Royal Canadian Artillery, 51st Anti-Tank Battalion between 1939 and 1945. Although Guy was responsible for all groups of Diptera before other dipterists at the CNC were recruited, his publications were mainly on Lauxaniidae, Simuliidae, Sarcophagidae, and Calliphoridae. He was instrumental in building world class research collections for each of these families at the CNC. Guy authored or coauthored 49 scientific publications, including four chapters in the Manual of Nearctic Diptera. In total he published 91 new Diptera taxa (4 family group names, 14 genus group names, and 73 species group names). Guy officially retired in 1976, but continued as an Honourary Research Associate at the CNC until his death in Ottawa on February 19, 1996 at the age of 82.

Expertise (major areas of interest highlighted in bold)



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