The Smithsonian Institution has an insect problem. Not the kind that requires an exterminator, though—this one involves lawyers.
The Smithsonian wants a federal judge to alter the terms of an endowment left by Carl Drake, a professor of entomology and zoology who became a researcher at the Smithsonian in the late 1950s. The institution filed a petition in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 30.
When Drake died in 1965, he left a collection of an order of insects known as hemiptera-heteroptera to the Smithsonian, as well as an endowment designated primarily for buying more bugs.