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Dr John Midgley recently represented the KZN Museum Department of Natural Sciences at the 10th International Symposium on Syrphidae in Lesvos, Greece. A symposium on a single family of insect might seem quite specialised, but hoverflies (Syrphidae to entomologists) are incredibly interesting. Members of this family fill many ecological roles. Most adults are flower visitors, making them important pollinators; some larvae feed on aphids, making them important in pest control; while others are important decomposers, feeding on a variety of decaying material. Dr Midgley presented a checklist of the South African hoverflies, an important step in understanding and conserving South Africa’s natural environment. By looking through natural history collections in South Africa, the research presented added more than 80 species to the South African list, an increase of more than 55%! 

Archaeological Society talk at the Museum

Revisiting the Goodall archive: rock art as a site of enchantmentJustine Wintjes and Laura de HardeElizabeth Goodall née Elisabeth Mannsfeld (1891–197...

Sabalala Nolwazi after school programme

The KZN Museum recently hosted their Sabalala Programme year end functions. The closing functions are held annually to reward the learners who partici...

Wellness Day

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum hosted its annual Wellness Day today. The purpose of this event was to highlight the importance of wellness and good health a...

International Symposium on Syrphidae

Dr John Midgley recently represented the KZN Museum Department of Natural Sciences at the 10th International Symposium on Syrphidae in Lesvos, Greece....

Heritage Day at the Museum 2019

Heritage Day is one of the most important special days celebrated by the KZN Museum annually. The day is commemorated in various ways; guided by theme...

Robben Island Spring School

Our Museum team along with the 5 lucky learners who won the trip to the Robben Island Spring School have left for Cape Town this morning. There was gr...

Night at the Museum: Halloween Edition

Pop along to visit the KZN Museum at night - for Halloween! Suitable for the whole family! Reptile show, Magic Show, interactive dance demonstrations ...

New display for Heritage Day

There is always something new to see at the KZN Museum - it's something that we pride ourselves on. This year for Heritage Day we have set up a tempor...

Visiting professor at the Museum

Stefan Manz, Professor of German and Global History and Head of Languages and Translation Studies at School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston ...

Phone lines will be down this weekend

Due to technical issues the Museum reception lines will be down this Saturday and Sunday (7 & 8 Sep). We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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