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Brock, Paul D. (1958- )
Paul Brock with a giant stick insect in Queensland,
Amateur entomologist studying phasmids
(stick and leaf insects), but with a general interest in entomology.
Paul Brock is a keen enthusiast who has travelled much of
the world collecting and studying phasmids. In 2004 he described Bactrododema
krugeri, which is South Africa's longest stick insect, reaching up to 226
mm. A Scientific Associate of The Natural History Museum, London, he is an active member of several Groups,
including Treasurer / Membership Secretary of the Phasmid Study Group and President of the Amateur Entomologists' Society (1999-2001). He finds it useful to breed insects
wherever possible, to obtain data on behaviour and variation. Most of the major
museum and private collections have been examined.
Publications include several books on phasmids; six
published in the 1990s to 2000. These include popular books on breeding and
collecting phasmids, to a type catalogue of the Vienna collection and a
monograph of the Malaysian phasmids. Numerous papers cover a wide range of
subjects, such as descriptions of new taxa, rearing and behavioural studies.
Brock visited the Cape Town area for 10 nights in
September 1998, staying at Constantia Nek. He was fortunate enough to select
accommodation bordering woodland crawling with phasmids! These included the
first record on the Indian
Stick Insect Carausius morosus in South Africa - this species is
widely reared in Europe and elsewhere and has become an established
"alien" in several countries. A review of the genus Phalces
resulted in name changes. A new species Phalces tuberculatus was
described from Leipoldtville, Eland's Bay - type material deposited in the Iziko South
African Museum, Cape Town.
Brock, P.D. 2000. Studies of the genus Phalces Stål. Phasmid Studies
Brock, P.D. 2000. Stick-insects (Phasmida) from the Cape Town area, South
Africa. Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society 59: 2-13, pl. 00A-D.
Brock, P.D. 2000. A Complete Guide to Breeding Stick and Leaf Insects. TFH
Kingdom Books, Havant (ISBN 185279124-1).
Brock, P.D. 2004. Taxonomic notes on giant southern African
stick insects (Phasmida), including the description of a new Bactrododema
species. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 41: 61-77.
Brock, P.D. 2005. A new genus and four new species of South
African stick insects. Phasmid Studies 12: 25-37.