Charles Thomas Bingham

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C.T. Bingham

Charles Thomas Bingham (16 April 1848, Ireland – 18 October 1908 West Kensington, London) was an Irish military officer and entomologist.[1]

Bingham’s military career began in India where he was a soldier in the Bombay Staff Corps and later with the Bengal Staff Corps. At first interested in ornithology he took up entomology from 1877 following a posting to Burma where he was also Conservator of Forests.

On his retirement in 1894 he settled with his wife and two sons, (his three daughters married in India), in London. Here he worked, unpaid, in the “Insect Room” of the Natural History Museum, organising and cataloguing the world collection of Aculeate Hymenoptera. He took over from William Thomas Blanford the editorship of two of the Hymenoptera volumes of The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma series and two of the butterfly volumes.

He was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of London in 1895 and was a member of its council 1903-1906. In the same year he became a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.


He collaborated with other naturalists across India to produce his works on the Indian lepidoptera and hymenoptera.

He also extensively improved on the earlier published information from Frederic Moore and Lionel de Nicéville. The following is from his preface to the butterflies volume of The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma:

Named for Bingham[edit]

In Dutch, the White-headed bulbul is named for Bingham as Binghams buulbuul. Several species of ants and wasps are named after him including Tetraponera binghami, Aenictus binghami and Vespa binghami.


Hymenoptera in the Natural History Museum, London. Duplicates in Humboldt Museum, Berlin.

Lepidoptera. Scattered, presumably sold. Parnassius in Ulster Museum Belfast.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Lieut.-Colonel Charles Thomas Bingham". Nature 78 (2034): 641. 22 October 1908. doi:10.1038/078640a0. 


  • Anonymous 1909: "Bingham, C. T." Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (3) 45
  • Dodd, F.P. (1906). "Notes upon some remarkable parasitic insects from North Queensland; with an appendix containing descriptions of new species, by Colonel Charles T. Bingham, F.Z.S, and Dr Beno Wandolleck". Trans. Ent. Soc. London 1906: 119–124. 
  • Maxwell-Lefroy, Harold (1909). "Obituary Lieut.-Colonel C.T. Bingham". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 19: 214–215. 

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