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Arbetet med donationer av insektsamlingar vid Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology. (Bergsten Systematic Entomology Lab)
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2014 (Swedish)In: Entomologisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0013-886X, Vol. 134, 153-162 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

We describe the work with donated insect collections at the Swedish Museum of Natural

History (NRM) in Stockholm, Sweden. The museum receives donations yearly from

amateur entomologists, and they are an important contribution to the enrichment of the

collections. For the collector it is satisfying that a public institution takes on the long term

responsibility of safeguarding the scientific value in a collection, curating and making it

available for study. Significant donations in the last years include that of Lars Huggert

(Hymenoptera, Coleoptera), Hans Bartsch (Diptera) and Anders N. Nilsson (aquatic Coleoptera)

to name a few. The curatorial and digitizing workload at the Entomology collection

are unfortunately not matched by staff funding, and as at other European museums

volunteer work constitute vital and invaluable help. We acknowledge especially some of

the volunteer work in the Coleoptera and Hymenoptera collections. Recently we have engaged

with amateur entomologists by organizing taxon-specific workshops at the museum

which has stimulated exchange and collaboration. The Hymenoptera-day was visited by 30

participants, and the Diptera-meeting by 49. As an example of what happens with a donation

once it reaches the museum, we describe the work with a recent Coleoptera collection

donation by Jan Olsson, Vallentuna. A few highlights from the unidentified material,

including the Archostematan beetle Priacma serrata (Cupedidae) and the false jewelbeetle

Schizopus laetus (Schizopodidae), are presented as they were new to the NRM collections.

We also bring attention to two new websites: is the webportal presenting

digitized material in Swedish natural history collections. Both metadata on specimens and

photos are made searchable here. We also launch a new webpage at

where we write about new donations to the Entomology collections, with Jan

Olsson’s Coleoptera collection first out.

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2014. Vol. 134, 153-162 p.
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Diversity of life
URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-628OAI: diva2:745442
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