Claude Morley

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Claude Morley (22 June 1874 in Astley Bank, Blackheath – 13 November 1951 in Monk Soham House, Monk Soham Woodbridge, Suffolk) was an English antiquary and entomologist who specialised in Hymenoptera and Diptera.

Morley was born in Blackheath and educated at Beccles, King's School, Peterborough and Epsom College. After living on the Isle of Wight in his father's house at Cowes, he moved in 1892 to Ipswich where worked with John E. Taylor, then Curator of the Ipswich museum. He married in 1904, living in Monk Soham until his death. He had no radio, telephone, or electricity in his house.E.A. Elliott was a close friend as was Arthur Chitty.

Morley worked first on Coleoptera, then Hemiptera and then Ichneumonidae. His magnum opus was the five volume Ichneumons of Great Britain (1903–1914). Morley's collection of mainly Suffolk material covering the period 1898–1951 is in Ipswich Museum. It occupies c.260 drawers. There are Cerambycids bearing his name in the Kauffmann collection at Manchester.

Morley was a Fellow of the Entomological Society of London 1896.



  • On the Ichneumonidous Group Tryphonides schizodonti with descriptions of new species (1905)
  • A description of the superior wing of the Hymenoptera,with a view to giving a simpler and more certain nomenclature to the alary system of Jurine.Trans. Ent. Soc. London, 1909: 439-447, figs. (1909)
  • Catalogue of British Hymenoptera of the family Chalcididae, 74pp. Publisher? (1910).
  • A revision of the Ichneumonidae based on the coll. in the British Museum Publisher? (1912-1914).
  • (1908-1911) Ichneumonologia Britannica (4 Volumes) London
  • On in some South African Ichneumonidae the collection of the South African Museum.Annals of the South African Museum,17:191-229. (1917)
  • Fauna of British India Hymenoptera Vol. 3. Ichneumones Deltoidei (1913)
  • The Percy Sladen trust Expedition to the Indian Ocean (Seychelles) in 1905. 12.Ichneumonidae (1912)


  • The Coleoptera of Suffolk, 1899 Keys, Plymouth Supplement, 1915. The work listed 1783 species and the supplement 237. He also wrote many articles in the Entomologist's monthly magaxzine, Entomologist's Recordand Journal of variation, and other periodicals, and he was on the editorial staff of the Entomologist from 1909.


  • Anonym 1951: [Morley, C.] - Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (4) 87 327
  • Nash,D. A little-known important recorder of Suffolk insects, Ernest Arthur Elliott (1850-1936)’ White Admiral, Newsletter of the Suffolk Naturalists’ Soc., 65, 2006, pp. 23–30

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