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John Abbot was an American naturalist and biological illustrator of the 18th century through whose work the ornithology and entomology of the southeastern coastal plain were examined in minute detail. First visiting Virginia in 1773, Abbott spent the next decades cataloging and studying the birds and insects of the Southeastern United States. In 1797 he published a book of his findings including wonderful watercolors of his specimens in 'The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia.'