Herb Teskey, Ph.D.


Pseudoerinna jonesi (Pelecorhynchidae) left photo by Terry Thormin (image from BugGuide)

Chrysops vittatus (Tabanidae) right photo by Steve Marshall (image from Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification)

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.).

Herb was born on June 9, 1928 in Grand Prairie, Alberta. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1951, his M.S.A. from the Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph in 1955, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca in 1967. From 1951 to 1963 he studied face flies (Musca autumnalis DeGeer, Muscidae), Oestridae, and other livestock pests at Agriculture Canada’s Medical and Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory in Guelph. There he began his studies on larval Tabanidae, which eventually formed the subject of his Ph.D. thesis. He transferred to the Diptera Unit in Ottawa in 1964 where he worked primarily on Tabanidae and immature stages of Diptera in general. Herb authored or coauthored 51 scientific publications, including nine chapters in the Manual of Nearctic Diptera. He wrote two of the important introductory chapters in the Manual, one reviewing larval morphology and terminology (Teskey 1981a) and the other comprising a family key to larvae (Teskey 1981b). Herb published 32 new Diptera taxa (3 genus group names and 29 species group names). He died in Ottawa on February 16, 1998 at the age of 69. As Vockeroth stated at the time of Herb’s death, “at most only one or two recent dipterists have contributed as much as did Herb to our knowledge of immature flies”.

Expertise (major areas of interest highlighted in bold)



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