S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Dods, Mr DeLancey Valentine (insect collection)

Born: 1876, England.
Died: 16 July 1914, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Delancey Dods (also DeLancey Dodds, Delancey Dodd and Delaney Dod) donated an extensive collection of insects from Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to the South African Museum, Cape Town, in 1901. The next year he sent more specimens, including 126 species of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera that were new to the museum's collections, and many of which were also new to science. The reason for the large number of novelties was that Dodds was the first to collect for the museum in the region. In 1903 he sent mainly Coleoptera, many of which were again new to the museum, followed in 1906 by some rare Coleoptera from Gwanda, in southern Matabeleland. From 1901 to 1914 he also sent in ants from Harare, and from Sebukwe (south-west of Harare near Kwekwe).

Delancey Valentine Dods, son of Robert Dods, was an electrician and was not married. At the time of his death in 1914 he was living in Johannesburg.

List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the trustees of the South African Museum, 1901-1903, 1906.

National Archives, Pretoria. Source MHG. Reference No. 24729, death notice.

Robertson, H. Biodiversity explorers. http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/people as on 2016-8-23.

Compiled by: C. Plug