Gavin Svenson and Sydney Brannoch travelled to Europe to review mantid collections in Dresden, Prague and Vienna, and present at the Insect Phylogeny conference in Dresden. Many mantid specimens were borrowed from NHM Vienna for research projects at CMNH.
2015 Insect Phylogeny Conference, Dresden
Gavin Svenson, Harald Bruckner of NHM Vienna, and Sydney Brannoch on the roof of the museum in Vienna
Some of the borrowed specimens
Gavin Svenson and Rick Wherley visited the collections at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, just outside of Brussels, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and the Natural History Museum in Geneva to examine mantids and photograph type specimens for the online image database.
Gavin amazed by a specimen in Tervuren
Roger Roy, Nicolas, and Gavin outside the MNHN in Paris
Gavin, John Hollis, and Peter Schwendinger in the collection in Geneva
Female: Dystacta tigrifrutex
On a collecting trip to Rwanda in May of 2013, Riley Tedrow found both a male and female specimen of a new species of mantid, which he subsequently named Dystacta tigrifrutex. Tedrow, a Case Western Reserve University undergraduate, was part of a team of researchers led by Dr. Gavin Svenson.
Tedrow’s work in identifying the new species was published on May 20, 2014 in ZooKeys. Read more about this discovery and view photos from the trip on the CMNH web site.
In May 2014, Julio Rivera and Rick Wherley visited the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to study their mantid collection and collect images of type specimens.
Jason Weintraub, ANSP Entomology Collections Manager, with Julio
Julio examines type specimens in the collection
Check out the website for our trip to Rwanda in May of 2013. You can see a gallery of images from the trip!
Gavin Svenson, Nate Hardy, and Julio Rivera are departing on a two week collecting trip to the Loreto Province in northern Peru. You can follow this trip at the CMNH website where tracking information and from the field updates will be posted.
Otherwise you can see the tracking updates directly from our GPS link mapping site, which provides location data and location posts throughout the trip.
In October 2012, Antonio Agudelo visited the Zoological Museum of the University of Hamburg (ZMUH) – just one station on his long trip through the European collections – meeting with Kai Schütte and Frank Wieland. During his stay, Antonio studied the neotropical Mantodea material.
Kai, Frank and Antonio in the Mantodea-collection of the ZMUH.
Close encounters – Antonio meets Idolomantis diabolica