First woman - entomologist to name taxa

Adolf Ceska aceska at VICTORIA.TC.CA
Wed Jan 5 20:02:52 CST 2000

The first woman entomologist was Hildegard von Bechelheim a.k.a. Hildegard
of Bingen (1098-1179). According to Obenberger (Obenberger, J. 1946.
Zviratka a lide, p. 42) she wrote a scientific treatment about fleas and
lice. For more on this remarkable woman, check the following web sites:

It would be interesting to know how many taxa she recognized in orders
Siphonaptera and Shiphunculata.

All the best,

Adolf Ceska, Victoria, B.C., Canada

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