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Biographical entry Moulds, Max (1941 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Max Moulds is an entomologist whose research focuses of butterflies, dragonflies, hawk moths and cicadas. He is noted as the founder of Australian Entomological Supplies, a successful mail-order business to supply entomological equipment to Australian enthusiasts. Moulds made a long series of collecting expeditions to Cape York Peninsula from 1960 to the 1970s and collected widely in the remote tropical and monsoonal regions of Australia and Papua New Guinea. During these trips he liaised closely with local amateur collectors. Moulds published prolifically on collecting and preserving techniques, and founded and for 17 years edited the Australian Entomological Magazine (now Austral Entomologist). His research on cicadas, for which he became internationally renowned, culminated in the publication of his book Australian cicadas (1990) which was awarded the Whitley Medal. He also published the landmark Bibliography of the Australian butterflies (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) 1773 - 1973 (1977). In 1990 he became Collection Manager at the Australian Museum responsible for the insect and spider collections.



1962 - 1968
Career position - Primary school teacher, Glen Innes, New South Wales
1962 - 1972
Career position - Founder and owner of Australian Entomological Supplies
1972 - 1988
Career position - Founder and Editor, Australian Entomological Magazine
Award - Le Soeuf Memorial Award, Victorian Entomological Society
Award - Whitley Medal, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for Australian cicadas
1990 - 2003
Career position - Collection Manager for insects and spiders, Australian Museum
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
Life event - Retired
Award - Honorary Member, Entomological Society of Queensland
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

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Book Sections

  • Moulds, M. S., 'The history of Australian butterfly research and collecting' in The biology of Australian butterflies, Kitching, R. L., Scheermeyer, E., Jones, R. E. and Pierce, N. E., eds (Melbourne: CSIRO Publications, 1999), pp. 1-24. Details

Journal Articles

  • Monteith, Geoff, 'Dr Max S. Moulds, Honorary Member nomination', Entomological Society of Queensland News Bulletin, 43 (6) (2015), 109-10. Details
  • Moulds, Max, 'Museum dungeons to mountain tops: 50 years of entomological adventures', Entomological Society of Queensland News Bulletin, 43 (6) (2015), 96-105. Details
  • Presland, Gary, 'Australian Natural History Medallion 2016: Dr Max Moulds', Victorian Naturalist, 133 (6) (2016), 208-9. Details


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