Hemipterous Insects Hemiptera

The order Hemiptera contains plant lice, leafhoppers, planthoppers, cicadas and true bugs. The Hemiptera collection mostly includes terrestrial true bugs, leafhoppers, planthoppers, cicadas and jumping plant lice from all over the world.

The collection of true bugs comprises around 10,000 insects from Ludwig Paravicini, supplemented with material from various expeditions, most notably to Asia. The collection leafhoppers, planthoppers and cicadas is made up mostly of Palaearctic and Oriental species. A significant proportion of this is represented by the collection from Heidi Günthart with specimens from Switzerland.

The jumping plant louse collection at the Natural History Museum Basel is one of the largest in the world. It contains historic material from Rudolf Meyer-Dür and Hermann Schaefer, as well as expedition material from Daniel Burckhardt from all over the world which was collected over the last 20 years. The jumping plant louse collection comprises more than 2,000 identified species.

The full collection of true insects contains 75,000 dry, ethanol-preserved and microscopic preparations documenting 7,000 species. Of these, around 300 taxa are represented by primary types.