John Henry Leech

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John Henry Leech

John Henry Leech (5 December 1862 – 29 December 1900) was an English entomologist who specialised in Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.

His collections from China, Japan, and Kashmir are in the Natural History Museum, London. These also contain insects from Morocco, the Canary Islands, and Madeira.

He wrote British Pyralides (1886) and Butterflies from China, Japan and Corea, three volumes (1892–1894).

He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society and of the Entomological Society of London, a Member of the Société entomologique de France, and of the Entomological Society of Berlin (Entomologischen Verein zu Berlin).

He died at his home, Hurdcott House, near Salisbury, in 1900.[1]


John Henry Leech is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of lizard, Enyalius leechii.[2]


  1. ^ South, Richard (1902). Catalogue of the Collection of Palaearctic Butterflies Formed by the Late John Henry Leech, and Presented to the Trustees of the British Museum by his Mother, Mrs. Eliza Leech. Printed by order of the Trustees of the British Museum. p. iii.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Leech", p. 154).


  • Anononymous (1901). "Leech, J. H." Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (2) 12 (37)(2): 49-50.
  • Anonymous (1901). "Leech, J. H." Entomologist 34: 33-38.
  • Gilbert P (2000). Butterfly Collectors and Painters. Four centuries of colour plates from The Library Collections of The Natural History Museum, London. Singapore: Beaumont Publishing Pte Ltd.
  • Inoue H (2005). "John Henry Leech (1862–1900)". The pioneers of moth-fauna of Japan 1 Yugato.
  • Verrall GH (1900). Proc. Ent. Soc. London.

External links[edit]

  • NHM Manuscript Collection.
  • Internet Archive Catalogue of the collection of palaearctic butterflies formed by the late John Henry Leech, and presented to the trustees of the British Museum by his mother, Mrs. Eliza Leech (1902) British Museum (Natural History.
  • Internet Archive Leech, John Henry On Lepidoptera Heterocera from China, Japan, and Corea (1897?]) and BDH Volumes 1 and 2