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Excerpt: In several recent papers (Wilkinson, 1966a, 1966b, 1966c, 1967), I have discussed the interesting origins of modern collecting nets. Actual illustrations of nets are very rarely found in entomological literature before the 1750s, and we are extremely lucky to have in Réaumur's classic Mémoires pour servir á l'histoire des insectes (Paris, 1734-42), a very early depiction of one of the ancestors of our present bag-net, with an explanation of its construction.

René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683-1757) is probably best known for his thermometer, still used in some countries. A prominent member of the Académie des Sciences, Réaumur distinguished himself in many fields of endeavor. His Mémoires contain the results of original research on such topics as the community life of social insects and the development of parasitic Hymenoptera. A follower of Swammerdam, Réaumur studied the immature stages of many species of insects and made a significant contribution to our knowledge of the nature of metamorphosis.

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