Timeline of entomology

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Plate from Henry Walter Bates's 1862 paper Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon Valley: Heliconiidae

Entomology, the scientific study of insects and closely related terrestrial arthropods, has been impelled by the necessity of societies to protect themselves from insect-borne diseases, crop losses to pest insects, and insect-related discomfort, as well as by people's natural curiosity. This timeline article traces the history of entomology.

Timelines of entomology[edit]

History of classification[edit]

Many different classifications were proposed by early entomologists. It is important to realise that whilst many early names survive, they may be at different levels in the phylogenetic hierarchy. For instance, many families were first published as genera, as for example the genus Mymar, proposed by Alexander Henry Haliday in 1829, is now represented by the family Mymaridae.

History of forensic entomology[edit]

Please see the History of forensic entomology page for more information on this subject.

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  • Carpenter, Mathilde M., 1953. Bibliography of Biographies of Entomologists (Supplement) American Midland Naturalist:50, No. 2 :257-348.
  • Chou Io, 1990. A history of Chinese entomology. translated by Wang Siming revised by Chou Io, Lu Kinsheng & Kang Shusen
  • Derksen, W. Scheiding-Göllner, U. 1965–1975. Index litteraturae entomologicae. Serie II: Die Welt-Literatur über die gesamte Entomologie von 1864 bis 1900. 5 vols. Deutsche Akademie der Landwirtschaftswissenschaften, Berlin
  • Gaedike, R. 1985. Berichtigungen und Ergänzungen zu P. Gilbert: A compendium of biographical literature on deceased entomologists. Beitr. Ent. 35: 368–408.
  • Gilbert, P. 1977. A compendium of the biographical literature on deceased entomologists. Xiv + 455 pp. British Museum (Natural History), London
  • Hagen, H. A. 1862–1866. Bibliotheca entomologica. Die Litteratur über das ganze Gebiet der Entomologie bis zum Jahre 1862. 2 vols. W. Engelmann, Leipzig.
  • Horn, W. & Schenkling, S. 1928–1929. Index litteraturae entomologicae. Serie: Die Welt-Literatur uber die gesamte Entomologie bis inklusive 1863. 4 vols. W. Horn, Berlin-Dahlem.
  • Musgrave, A. 1932. Bibliography of Australian Entomology 1775-1930 with biographical notes on authors and collectors. R. Zool. Soc. New South Wales, viii + 380 pp.
  • Nissen, C. 1966-1969 Die zoologische Buchillustration. Ihre Bibliographie und Geschichte.Stuttgart, Anton Hiersemann, 8 Lief., 1–666. Bibliographical reference work of the illustrated zoological rom antiquity to the 20th century
  • Sherborn, C. D. & Woodward, B. B. 1901. Notes on the dates of publication of the natural history portions of some French voyages. — Part I. 'Amérique méridionale'; 'Indes orientales': 'Pôle Sud' ('Astrolabe' and 'Zélée'); 'La Bonite'; 'La Coquille'; and 'L'Uranie et Physicienne'. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7 7: 388–392
  • [Soulsby, B. H.] 1933. A catalogue of the works of Linnaeus and publications more immediately relating thereto preserved in the libraries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury) and the British Museum(Natural History) (South Kensington). 2nd ed. xii + 246 + 68 pp. British Museum, London.
  • Stafleu, F. A. & Cowan, R. S. 1976–1988. Taxonomic Literature.A selective guide to botanical publications and collections with dates, commentaries and types. 2nd Edition. Vol. 1: A-G, xl+ 1136 pp. (1976); II: H-Le, xviii + 991 pp. (1979); III:Lh-O, xii + 980 pp. (1981); IV: P-Sak, ix + 1214 pp. (1983); V: Sal-Ste, [vi +] 1066 pp. (1985); VI: Sti-Vuy, [vi +] 926 pp. (1986); VII: W-Z, lvi + 653 pp. (1988). Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema, Utrecht.

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