MARTIN, Lloyd Milo

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Lloyd M. Martin (second from right) Long Beach, CA.
Pier 1, Berth 50, July 21, 1939
Biological Survey Team on SBI, 1939
(Left to Right) Theodore Reddick, Meryl B. Dunkle, Jack C. Von Bloeker, Lloyd Martin, James DeLong, and Russell Sprong.

MARTIN, Lloyd Milo (1912-1989) [SS#223-14-1705], California entomologist at the Los County Museum of Natural History and protégé of John Adams Comstock. Martin began collecting lepidoptera as a child in Nebraska until he moved to California with his grandparents in 1921. In addition to collecting, his amateur skills included butterfly art. He collected comercially, often for other collectors, until being hired by Comstock at the Los Angeles museum on 1936 and eventually donated his personal collection to the museum. Martin participated in the Los Angeles County Museum Biological Survey, collecting on at least five islands. Martin worked extensively with the Lorquin Entomological Society at the museum to encourage young people to pursue entomology. After many years in curatorial work, he retired from the museum in 1969 and moved to Prescott, Arizona. He died at age 77 in Fredricksburg, Virginia.


Martin collected on the eight California Channel Islands:

  • Anacapa Island (1941)
  • San Clemente Island (1939, 1941)
  • San Miguel Island (1939)
  • San Nicolas Island (1939)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1939, 1940)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1941)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1939, 1941)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1939, 1941)



Island Collections~

San Miguel Island 8/1/1939 LACM entomology


Santa Rosa Island 8/7,8/1939 LACM entomology


San Nicolas Island 7/25/1939 LACM entomology


Santa Barbara Island 5/27,28,29/1939 LACM entomology 3/18,21/1940 LACM entomology


San Clemente Island 3/24/1941 LACM entomology


In the News~

July 22, 1939 [SBNP]: “Scientists sail for San Nicolas. The story of Juana María, the Indian woman who lived alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years, is recalled with word that an expedition sailed from San Pedro yesterday for the Santa Barbara Channel to seek the home of the ‘female Robinson Crusoe of the Pacific.’ The story of Juana María is one of the most curious in all the history of this region. When the Indians were removed from the island to the mainland following an epidemic in 1835, Juana María was left behind. The story has it that she left the boat to find her baby and the boat sailed without her. The baby died, but Juana María lived there alone for 18 years, catching fish and birds for her food. She was taken off the island by the late Captain Nidever of Santa Barbara, a sea otter hunter and trapper, who brought her to his Santa Barbara home, but she died soon after. The expedition is led by Arthur Woodward, director of history and anthropology at the Los Angeles museum, and includes Captain C. H. Groat, Don Meadows, Jack Von Bloeker, M. B. Dunkle, Lloyd Martin, George Kanakoff, Russell Spring and Jewel Lewis.”