The Museum's 2.5 million Diptera specimens are divided into British and international collections, which are stored separately.
The international collection holds important Diptera type material, most notably of taxa described by Walker, Bigot, Brunetti, Edwards and Austen. Some of this type material dates back to the eighteenth century.
Specimens are preserved in a variety of ways:
- dry specimen mounted on pins - the majority of adult Diptera
- microscope slides - small specimens or dissected body parts of larger ones
- preserved in fluid - Diptera larvae or trap samples of adults
- boxed items
Looking for a specific specimen?
The Diptera collection is being digitised
Diptera collections team
Senior curator in charge
Dr Daniel Whitmore
Dr Erica McAlister
Dipera: Culicidae Mycetophilidae, Lower Brachycera, Siphonaptera.
Dr Duncan Sivell
Diptera: other Nematocera, Empidoidea.
Diptera: Aschiza, Calyptratae.
Zoe J Adams
Diptera: Phlebotominae, Simuliidae.
If you would like to use any specimens for research
Country of origin
Parts of the world that are particularly well represented are:
- Europe, west of Russia
- sub-Saharan Africa
- the Seychelles
- the Indian subcontinent
- southern Argentina
- F W Edwards
- L Parmenter
- C N Colyer
- O W Richards
- E A Fonseca