S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Hutchinson, Mr J M (insect collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

J.M. Hutchinson presented many well-preserved buterflies from the "upper districts" of Natal to Roland Trimen* at the South African Museum, Cape Town, before 1887. Trimen thanked him for these contributions in the preface to his book, South African butterflies... (1887-1889). Around this time he resided at Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, and was a correspondent of the Royal Entomologial Society. Subsequently he collected ants in the Weenen district and at Estcourt, and presented them to the South African Museum in 1890. He also donated more butterflies around this time, for in 1893 he is said to have "continued" his donations of rare and local Lepidoptera from Estcourt, Karkloof, the Drakensberg, Tugela River (Weenen district), and Ulundi. He donated further specimens from Estcourt in 1894. Among others he is credited with collecting the type specimens of the following species: Glaucoharis natalensis, Micragrotis puncticostata, Mionides lichenea, and Eublemma uninotata, all collected around Estcourt in 1897 and all described by G.F. Hampson in 1902.

List of sources:

Afromoths: An online database of Afrotropical moth species. http://www.afromoths.net as on 2017-12-19.

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

Robertson, H. Biodiversity explorers. http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/people Retrieved 2018-1-11.

Trimen, Roland. South African butterflies: A monograph of the extra-tropical species(3 vols). London: Truebner & Co., 1887-1889.

Compiled by: C. Plug