Entomology deals with the study of insects. The Natural History Museum Vienna houses one of the largest collections of insects in the world, with over 10 million specimens.
As a typical institute for basic research, questions about the evolution, systematics and zoogeography of insects are examined. Our scientists write numerous specialist publications and bring the exciting world of insects closer to the audience through exhibitions and lectures.
Dr. Herbert Zettel
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.
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
The second zoological department focuses on the systematics, phylogeny and zoogeography of insects. It conducts basic research taking into account the three classic museum techniques: collecting, organising and analysing. Collective samples from the field are professionally prepared, sorted and determined for specialists and then scientifically processed.