Clyde W Mason of Cornell University was interested in color and turned his attention to insects, writing a series of papers in the 1920s. He sought the help of Dr WTM Forbes and FC Fletcher of the Department of Entomology. They provided Mason with specimens and helped him with the insect identification. CW Mason expressed his appreciation in a footnote:
The writer’s ignorance of entomology would have handicapped him seriously if the advice and criticism of these gentlemen had not been available.
Modern physicists and fabrication engineers today still seek the aid of entomologists to provide specimens of interest for their studies and to help interpret the biology. As the science of biomaterials matures, entomological collections remain important resources.
C. W. Mason. January 1927. Structural Colors in Insects. III J. Phys. Chem. 31: 1856–1872