29 Dec '11, 8am

A passion for beetles.Retired taxi driver Pierre Morvan

A passion for beetles.Retired taxi driver Pierre Morvan

Retired taxi driver Pierre Morvan from Brittany, in France, has, by studying beetles for four decades, earned himself international recognition. His insect collection contains more than 100,000 specimens gathered through numerous expeditions, chiefly in the Himalayas. Exploring terrain of little interest to professional scientists, Morvan has discovered over 600 new species. Now this determined collector is developing an entirely new method of classifying beetles. Pierre Morvan has spent over 40 years collecting and studying beetles, undertaking many expeditions abroad, from the Himalayas to the Appalachians in the U.S. ©J.P. Pouteau/Fondation d'Auteuil Batenus, Platynus, Carabus – Pierre Morvan has spent over 40 years studying these small insects – often black or brown but sometimes highly coloured – that rarely measure more than 5 to 8 millimetres from head to tip. He ha...

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