Description

The collections represent a physical record of the insects and related forms associated with agricultural activity in New South Wales since 1890. The Forests NSW insect collection (FCNI) was incorporated into this collection in June 2013.

The collection contains:

  • 610,000 pinned insects
  • 30,000 slide-mounted mites and smaller insects
  • 40,000 specimens stored in alcohol.

There are about 450 primary types of insect and mite species held in the collections.

The collection was established in the early 1890’s and continues to the present. Important taxonomists associated with this collection include

A.S. Olliff (1894-1896)

W.W. Froggatt (1896-1936)

E.H. Zeck (1923-1956)

E. Schicha (1975 - 1992)

M.J. Fletcher (1977 - present)

D.K. Knihinicki (1989 – present)

EH Zeck: Entomological paintings and images, 1914-1956. Most in black ink, but also a series of watercolours. All are stored in the Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit in Orange, NSW.

The collection was established in 1890 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

All major insect orders of agricultural importance and Acari (of Arachnida). Specialising in taxa of agricultural importance.

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit is 680,000.

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Metadata last updated on 2013-12-12 09:08:23.0

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Red legged earth mite

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

Illustration by EH Zeck

Location

1447 Forest Road
Orange
New South Wales 2800
Australia

(02) 6391 3943

Contact

Peter Gillespie
Collections Curator
phone: (02) 6391 3986, (02) 6391 3899
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Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections (CHAEC)

Digitised records available through the Atlas

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