2nd Zoology Diptera-collection

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Short Description

The Diptera collection (mosquitoes and flies, two-winged insects) at the Natural History Museum contains around one million specimens. The main part is stored as dry preparations or, to a lesser extent, as microscopic preparations. The dipteras preserved in alcohol are stored in the NHM's deep storage facility. The extensive samples of the Bluetongue project, which was carried out in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Health and Environment and AGES (Agency for Health and Food Safety), are also located here.

Contact Person

Peter Sehnal

Research Services

Visiting researchers have access to the collection and library, as well as suitable technical equipment. A stacking photography equipment of the department can also be used. If necessary, curators provide support on nature conservation and educational issues. All existing species are digitally recorded in a database and can be made available immediately.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Basic research is carried out in the Diptera Collection. The thematic focus is the research of the zoogeography, systematics and evolution of the caterpillar flies (Tachinidae) in Latin America as well as the fauna of the native representatives of this Diptera family.
An applied research project took more than three years to study midges as a vector of bluetongue disease in cattle, sheep and goats.

Allocation to Core Facility

2. Zoologische Abteilung (Entomologie), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Access to collection and library is possible only after appointment with the curator and during his working hours. A requirement for working in the collection is a basic knowledge about how to handle dry insect specimens.