John Hartley Durrant (1863 -1928)
THROUGH the death at his residence at Putney on Thursday, Jan. 19, of John Hartley Durrant, entomological science loses a worker who has long been known for his extensive knowledge, not only of the Microlepidoptera, but also of entomological literature and matters in general connected with taxonomy and nomenclature.
John Hartley Durrant (10 January 1863, Hitchin - 18 January 1928 , Putney) was an English entomologist who specialsed in Lepidoptera.
Durrant was an authority nomenclature. He was Lord Walsingham's secretary and had charge of his collections. When these were left to the Natural History Museum, London Walsingham provided funds for Durrant to continue to curate it. He was, with Lionel Walter Rothschild, of Lepidoptera of the British Ornithologists' Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea. Macrolepidoptera. Tring, Zoological Museum (1915) and very many scientific papers on Lepidoptera.
In 1914 Durrant began a collaboration with Francis David Morice in a significant nomenclatural work entitled The authorship and first publication of the "Jurinean" Genera of Hymenoptera: being a reprint of a long-lost work by Panzer, with a translation into English, an introduction, and bibliographical and critical notes. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1914:339-436 (corrections, additionsTransactions of the Entomological Society of London 1916:432-442.
He was a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.
His collections are divided between the Natural History Museum, London and the Hope Department at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Morice, F. D.; Durrant, J. H. 1915. The authorship and first publication of the "Jurinean" genera of Hymenoptera: being a reprint of a long-lost work by Panzer, with a translation into English, an introduction, and bibliographical and critical notes. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1914: 339-436
Morice, F. D.; Durrant, J. H. 1917. Further notes on the "Jurinean" genera of Hymenoptera, correcting errors and omissions in a paper on that subject published in Trans. Ent. Soc. Lond. 1914, pp. 339-436. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1916: 432-442