Hemiptera and smaller insect orders collections

Anisoura nicobarica Ander, 1932, Holotype (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae). Photo: Mikkel Høegh-Post


Henrik Enghoff

Collection managers

Anders Illum, Jan Pedersen & Mikkel Høegh Post

About the collection

The collection includes the following insect/hexapod orders:

  • Diplura
  • Protura
  • Collembola
  • Archaeognatha
  • Zygentoma
  • Ephemeroptera
  • Odonata
  • Plecoptera
  • Embioptera
  • Phasmatodea
  • Orthoptera
  • Mantophasmatodea
  • Grylloblattodea

  • Dictyoptera (inl. Isoptera)
  • Dermaptera
  • Zoraptera
  • Thysanoptera
  • Psocodea
  • Hemiptera
  • Trichoptera
  • Mecoptera
  • Siphonaptera
  • Neuroptera
  • Rhaphidoptera
  • Megaloptera

For each order there is a separate Danish collection and a global general collection.

Jewel bugs (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae) from the general collection. Photo: Mikkel Høegh-Post

Hemiptera and smaller insect orders collections in numbers

  • Estimated number of specimens/collections: ??
  • Types: ??
  • Digitally available specimens: many, but not all primary types
  • Percentage digitized: ??


  • Types of I.C. Fabricius: For all insect orders, the Fabricius collection (late 18th- early 19th century) is particularly important.
  • Protura: The worldwide collection of S.L. Tuxen, with many types.
  • Odonata: a large collection, covering a high proportion of the genera of the world. Among the older material are the types of H.E. Hagen and E. de Selys Longchamps. Particular strengths are material from the Oriental region.
  • Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, non-parasitic Psocodea: small but representative collections, primarily thanks to the P. Esben-Petersen collection.
  • Hemiptera: Particular strengths are the Heteroptera types of A.C. Jensen-Haarup and the N.M. Andersen collection of Heteroptera Gerromorpha.
  • Neuroptera, Rhaphidoptera, Megaloptera, Mecoptera: The worldwide collection of P. Esben-Petersen, with several types, is noteworthy.
  • Trichoptera: a moderately-sized collection; particular strengths are the very comprehensive material of immature Danish Trichoptera collected and identified by A. Nielsen; a large material of alcohol-preserved adults and immatures from E. African montane forest streams; a large alcohol-preserved material (mainly from light traps) of adults from austral S. America.