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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The Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit has an estimated 680,000 specimens.

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