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Simon Van Noort

Simon van Noort is a Curator of Entomology at the Iziko South African Museum. His research focuses mainly on the systematics, evolution and biology of wasps, particularly from the Afrotropical region, but fig wasps are dealt with on a global level. He works on the systematics of many families of African Hymenoptera. His long-term goal is to document and describe the rich unexplored fauna in the region under the umbrella of the Afrotropical Hymenoptera Initiative – WaspWeb (

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Publication list:

Zootaxa editor: Cynipoidea

African Invertebrates editor: Hymenoptera

Mr Van Noort’s research areas include the systematics of fig wasps as a major interest, including unravelling the evolutionary intricacies of the 80-million-year-old mutualism between fig trees and fig wasps. He attempts to elucidate evolutionary processes, both at the macro and micro scale, through morphological and molecular phylogenetic reconstruction and phylogeographical analyses. See:

He also works on the systematics of many other wasp groups such as the Chalcidoidea, Chrysidoidea, Cynipoidea, Megalyroidea, Platygastroidea and Ichneumonoidea and insect groups such as the Heelwalkers (Mantophasmatodea). Elucidation of patterns of wasp species richness in a spatio-temporal context and development of bioinformatics resources for Afrotropical wasps is an ongoing passion. See: 

He is an avid field biologist, actively pursuing the discovery and documentation of invertebrates. Field work in Africa has included expeditions to Mkomazi Game Reserve (Tanzania), Brandberg Massif (Namibia), Monts Doudou (Gabon), Dzangha-Sangha (Central African Republic), Kibale Forest (Uganda) and numerous excursions within southern Africa (Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa).

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Dear Visitors,

Please be advised that Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours have been adjusted for weekends.

Winter Weekend Hours:

Saturdays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Slave Lodge, South African Museum and South African National Gallery,

Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Sundays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Iziko South African Museum, South African National Gallery

and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Thank you,

Iziko Management

Dear Visitor 


Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update. 


Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted. 

The museums will open operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.


Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, 

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. 


Sundays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and Iziko South African National Gallery. 


By order 

Iziko Management.