Entomology in South Africa : where do we come from, where are we now and where are we going?
CITATION: Giliomee, J. H. 2013. Entomology in South Africa: where do we come from, where are we now and where are we going? South African Journal of Science, 109(1/2), Art. #a004, doi: 10.1590/sajs.2013/a004.
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Entomology in South Africa can be traced back to the mid-18th century when Ryk Tulbagh was governor at the Cape from 1751 to 1771. Tulbagh was interested in nature and instructed his gardener, J.A. Auge, to collect plants, insects and other animals for scientists at European universities. He also sent specimens to Linnaeus in Sweden, with whom he as a Dutchman corresponded in Latin, their only common language. To thank and honour him, Linnaeus named for him the plant genus Tulbaghia as well as the beautiful Mountain Pride butterfly Aeropetes tulbaghia L. (Lepidoptera: Satyridae) that occurs along the slopes of Table Mountain.