Svenson and Brannoch visit Dresden, Prague, and Vienna

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.

Conference

 

2015 Insect Phylogeny Conference, Dresden

 

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Gavin Svenson, Harald Bruckner of NHM Vienna, and Sydney Brannoch on the roof of the museum in Vienna

 

 

 

 

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Some of the borrowed specimens

Vietnam Fieldwork

Gavin Svenson and Sydney Brannoch spent two weeks in May 2015 conducting fieldwork in Vietnam. They were part of a larger entomological collecting group, composed of Seth Bybee (Brigham Young University), Wendy Moore (University of Arizona), Nathan Lord (Georgia College), and James Roberston (University of Arizona). Svenson and Brannoch collected many different species of praying mantises in Cát Tiên National Park, Tà Cú Mountain, and Phú Quốc National Park. The entomologists collected many incredible insect specimens, had the opportunity to see Vietnam’s largest reclining Buddha, and ate a lot of Phở!

Museum collections studied in Tervuren, Paris, and Geneva

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.

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Gavin amazed by a specimen in Tervuren

 

 

 

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Roger Roy, Nicolas, and Gavin outside the MNHN in Paris

 

 

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Gavin, John Hollis, and Peter Schwendinger in the collection in Geneva

New Mantis Species Discovered in Rwanda

Female-Dystacta-tigrifrutex

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.

Rivera visits ANSP Collection

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 & Julio Rivera

Jason Weintraub, ANSP Entomology Collections Manager, with Julio

Julio Rivera at ANSP

Julio examines type specimens in the collection

Peru Trip- 2013

Update: The links in the original post below are no longer active. However, you can view two videos on the CMNH YouTube site here and here.

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.