Belfrage, Gustave W. (1834–1882)

By: Lura N. Rouse

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 23, 2016

Gustave W. Belfrage, entomologist, the son of Axel and Margareta Sophie (Leijonhujucid) Belfrage, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 12, 1834. In 1854 he became a student in the high school of forestry in Stockholm, and in 1857 he was made steward of the forest. He immigrated to America in 1859 or 1860, lived for a time in New York, and then moved to Chicago, where he began collecting insect specimens. On January 4, 1867, he moved to Texas to continue that work. A fire destroyed all of his books and many of his collections in 1868, but by the end of that year he was selling large exhibits of insects to the Swedish Academy of Science at Stockholm. He moved to Clifton in 1870. In 1879 he built a small hut near Norse, where he died on December 7, 1882.

S. W. Geiser, Naturalists of the Frontier (Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1937; 2d ed. 1948).

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June 23, 2016