Entomological Society of Southern Africa


The Entomological Society of Southern Africa, founded on the 14th of October 1937 at a meeting held at the University of Pretoria, had its genesis in the Pretoria Entomological Club that existed between 1933 and 1936. The Society, an independent not-for-profit professional society, open to professionals and amateurs interested in entomology, is recognized by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, is affiliated to the Joint Council of Scientific Societies, and is represented on various other scientific bodies. The aims of the Society were the publication of a journal, the promotion of contact between entomologists through meetings and congresses, and the establishment of a library. The Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, was launched in 1939 and the first Memoir appeared in 1947. This journal has since been replaced by a new journal, African Entomology, in 1993.

The newsletter, Rostrum, was first published in 1982. The Entomological Congress was first hosted by the Society in 1974, and has come to be regarded as the highlight of the entomological calendar. In July 2008 the Society hosted the highly successful XXIII International Congress of Entomology at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The library flourished from its inception. Problems arose in housing and financing the burgeoning collection, and in 1947 it was discontinued. In 1956 it was incorporated into that of the Transvaal Museum. Exchange journals are currently held by the JE van der Plank Library (Roodeplaat) of the Plant Protection Research Institute of the Agricultural Research Council.

Office Bearers

Honorary Office Bearers 2015-2019


Prof. Chris Weldon

Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20,
Hatfield 0028

Email: cwweldon@zoology.up.ac.za

Vice Presidents:

Prof. Christian Pirk

Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield 0028

Vice Presidents:

Prof. Bernard Slippers

Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology Institute (FABI)
University of Pretoria
Prrivate Bag X 20
Hatfield 0028


Prof. Riann Christian

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
University of South Africa

Journal Editor:

Dr Barry W Blair

58 Highbrook,
33 Crestwood Drive,
Lonehill 2191

Email: blairbh@telkomsa.net
Email: african.entomology@gmail.com

Editorial Board:

P. Addison, B.D Brooke, J. Colville, S.G Compton, R.M Crewe, M.G Keeping, M. Kruger, K.L Pringle, J. Pryke, F. Roets, R. Stals, J. Terblanche, R. Veldtman, T. Wossler

Newsletter Editor:

Dr Candice Lyons

ARC-Plant Protection Research

Email: LyonsC@arc.agric.za

Assisted by Shüné Oliver (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) and James Harrison (University of the Witswatersrand)


Mr Anthony King

ARC-Plant Protection Research

Email: kinga@arc.agric.za

Publicity and Communications Officer:

Dr Charlene Janion-Scheepers

Iziko South African Museum
25 Queen Victoria St
Cape Town

Email: cjanion@gmail.com

Admin Officer:


Mr Fanie Vermaak

P.O. Box 13162

Email: admin@entsocsa.co.za