Father of American Entomology. Born into a prominent Quaker family of Philadelphia. He was a founding member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He was appointed chief zoologist of Major Stephen Long's exploring expedition to the tributaries of the Missouri River in 1819 and again in 1823 for the expedition to the headwaters of the Mississippi. During the 1819 expedition he was the first to describe the coyote, swift fox, western kingbird, band-tailed pigeon, Say's phoebe, rock wren, lesser goldfinch, lark sparrow, lazuli bunting, and orange-crowned warbler. Say's studies of North American insects brought him recognition from the learned societies of Europe. He described considerably more than 1,000 new species of beetles and over 400 insects of other orders, including species in every important insect order. His American Entomology was an important work and remains a classic. It was published over an eleven-year period with volume 3 being completed in the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, of which he became a member in 1825.
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