Gustaf von Paykull 1757-1826


Gustaf von Paykull


Paykull was a Swedish naturalist and poet but mostly a coleopterist. He collected many scarabs and reviewed the Swedish fauna in his Fauna Suecica, Insecta (1798-1800). Rich and without scientific training, he was burdened with rumours of cleptomania from other collections. He built up a major collection of naturalia at his mansion, Vallox-Säby, near Uppsala, which he later donated to the Swedish Academy of Sciences, which eventually made it the core of the new Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. He seemed to have regarded his poetical writings above his entomological, but these were fast forgotten. His collection is in the Stockholm museum.


Information courtesy of Mattias Forshage, Uppsala University, Sweden.


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