William Francis de Vismes Kane

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William Francis de Vismes Kane ( 1840 – 1918) was an Irish entomologist

Born in Exmouth, Devon Kane lived at Drumreaske Housein Monaghan. His mother was French. He was appointed Sheriff of Monaghan for 1865.

Most of Kanes collecting was in Monaghan and at Favour Royal in County Tyrone but his collection contains insects from the entirety of Ireland. He also collected extensively in Europe as well as maintaining an extensive collection of world butterflies.After 1901, Kane, a leisured country gentleman, suddenly gave up entomology and left Ireland, leaving his collection to the National Museum of Ireland.


  • A catalogue of the Lepidoptera of Ireland. London.West Newman & Co.. 166pp. Fine coloured frontis of 15 varieties of Irish Lepidoptera. (1901) _ the third (and first comprehensive) catalogue of the Irish macrolepidoptera.
  • European Butterflies Macmillan. 184pp. Some b/w photos(1885).


  • Anonym 1918: [Kane, W. F. V.] - Ent. Rec. J. Var. 30 157
  • Anonym 1919: [Kane, W. F. V.] - Ent. News 30 209
  • Edwards, S. 1918-1919: [Kane, W. F. de Vismes] - Proc. Soc. London Ent. & N. H. Soc. : 36
  • Gardner, W. 1918: [Kane, W. F. V.] - Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (3) 54 254-255
  • H. R. B. 1918: [Kane, W. F. V.] - Ent. 51 240