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Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., Entomologist and Tunneler

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Harrison G. Dyar, Jr. is known today largely as a hobby tunneler. But he was also an influential entomologist, and his personal life was much more convoluted than any tunnel he ever dug. 


  • “Allen v. Allen.” The Pacific Reporter, Volume 193.
  • Boardman, Larry. “Reporter Exlores Tunnel Under Washington Streets.” The Modesto Evening News. Oct. 14, 1924.
  • “Claims Defendant in Divorce Case Is Fictitious.” Reno Gazette-Journal. May 22, 1916.
  • Dyar, Harrison G. “THE NUMBER OF MOLTS OF LEPIDOPTEROUS LARVAE.” Psyche: A Journal of Entomology. 1890.
  • Dyar, Harrison Gray. "A preliminary genealogy of the Dyar family." Gibson Bros. Washington, D.C. 1903.
  • “Entomologist of Renown Asks for Divorce.” Reno Gazette-Journal. Sept 20, 1916.
  • Epstein, Marc. “Moths, Myths, and Mosquitos: The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.” Oxford University Press. 2016.
  • Kelly, John. “Dyar and Wellesca, together at last and above ground.” The Washington Post. Nov. 6, 2012.
  • Kelly, John. “Inside the Tunnels of Washington’s Mole Man, Harrison G. Dyar.” The Washington Post. Nov. 3, 2012.
  • Kelly, John. “1915 letter from Dyar’s mistress to his wife.” The Washington Post. Nov. 5, 2012.
  • Kelly, John. “Wellesca Pollock, before she Married Harrison G. Dyar.” The Washington Post. Oct. 30, 2012.
  • “Mix-up Over Mosquito Tale.” The Washington Herald. April 28, 1908.
  • “The Mole Man of Washington.” The Washington Post.
  • “Mrs. Zella Peabody Dyar filed suit … “ The Washington Post. Oct. 8, 1915.
  • “Mystery Allen Case Is Partially Lifted.” Nevada State Journal. Oct. 15, 2016.
  • “Mystery Tunnel Joins Two Homes.” The Washington Times. May 19, 1917.
  • “Named Defendant in Suit for Divorce.” Evening Star. Oct. 7, 1915.
  • “Sales of Realty.” Evening Star. March 12, 1906.
  • Smith, Ryan P. “The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist.” Smithsonian. May 13, 2016.
  • “Tunnel Puzzle Solved; ‘Prof’ a Human Mole.” Chicago Tribune. Sept. 27, 1924.
  • “Widow of Dr. H.G. Dyar Dies of Heart Ailment.” The Evening Star. June 23, 1940.
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