S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Hunt, Mr Arthur Ernest (insect collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: 1895, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa .

Mr A.E. Hunt, of Durban, donated insects from Inanda (a mission station some 30 km north-west of Durban) to the South African Museum in Cape Town during 1891. By 1893 he was living in Newcastle and that year submitted small collections of Lepidoptera (from Durban and Newcastle), coleoptera (from Newcastle), hymenoptera (mainly from Durban), and some Diptera and Hemiptera (mainly from Durban). He must have been a knowledgeable and selective collector, for 12 species of the coleoptera and 7 species of the Hymenoptera were new to the museum's collections; furthermore, the lepidoptera from the Newcastle district included a very local species of the genus Durbania and some remarkable varieties of other species of the family Lycaenidae.

Hunt died soon afterwards, for in the museum's report for 1894 (written in 1895) a further donation of insects from Newcastle by "the late Mr A.E. Hunt" is acknowledged.

List of sources:

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the trustees of the South African Museum, 1891, 1893, 1894.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Arthur Ernest Hunt.

Compiled by: C. Plug