MNHN and H. Rodrigues

The last day at the MNHN for Julio Rivera before he continues on to Madrid, Spain to examine more types. Fortunately, Julio overlapped at the MNHN with a visit by Henrique Rodrigues from Sao Paulo. Henrique is working on Stagmatopterinae and is on a museum tour to examine types and additional holdings from European collections.
Frank Wieland and Gavin Svenson returned home after their work at the museum in Paris concluded.
Henrique Rodrigues (left), Roger Roy (center), and Julio Rivera (right)



MNHN group

After a day of collections work we pose for a group picture in front of the Entomology building.
From left to right: Julio Rivera, Roger Roy, Gavin Svenson, and Frank Wieland



MNHN, Paris Imaging

Work has begun at the Museum national d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Frank Wieland has come in from Goettingen with Julio Rivera and Gavin Svenson arriving after 10 days at the British Museum. Monday we met Roger Roy and began working in the collection, imaging type specimens, and planning aspects of the revision of higher level relationships.

Frank, Roger, and Julio working on the collection










Frank and Roger discussing post-embryonic development of spines on the foreleg









Imaging work continues









Gavin and Roger looking at some specimens



Martin, Gavin, & Julio

Martin was in for another day of mantis work while we continue to image types.









Gavin inspecting Martin’s amber fossil of a Liturgusa (looks to be new!)










Martin looking over loans destined to travel with Gavin and Julio.









Julio imaging types sent from Oxford.



More BMNH work

We continue to image types at the British Museum. We are nearly through all primary targeted taxa and will be able to move on to secondary targets for future work and collaborator requests. Working in the Darwin Center has had a few problems including some vibration issues causing blurring in our final composite images. We solved the problem by moving to another location, but we are suppose to wear lab coats in this particular spot. Oh well…

Julio working away on the Neotropical taxa-








Gavin working away on the Flower Mantis types-


BMNH Type Imaging

Work begins at the British Museum of Natural History to image the type specimens of mantises held in the collection. Target taxa from the Neotropics and the Flower mantises are first up. Imaging begins with the Banks collection with a few types of Fabricius.

Standing over the drawer are Gavin Svenson (left), Martin Stiewe (center left), George Beccaloni (center right), and Julio Rivera (right).


Rivera on to Berlin and Vienna

After finishing up work in Hamburg with Frank and Kai, Julio spent a week in Berlin to image types and examine specimens in their extensive mantis collection. He has passed through the collection in Vienna and is now working on Saussure types in Geneva. After a week in Geneva he will meet up with Frank and Gavin in London.