Ms Natalie Dale-Skey

Ms Natalie Dale-Skey

Curatorial Assistant, Hymenoptera

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Insects
Contact: email


Chalcidoidea collection; Evanioidea, Megalyroidea, Stephanoidea and Trigonalyoidea collections; curation; microhymenoptera collecting and mounting


I am responsible for the following collections of parasitic hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, Evanioidea, Megalyroidea, Stephanoidea and Trigonalyoidea. My curatorial work is currently mainly focused on Chalcidoidea, a difficult but fascinating superfamily of microhymenoptera (most are under 3mm long, and the group includes the smallest known insect: Dicopomorpha echmepterygis Mockford, 1997, a Mymarid, whose males are only 0.11 mm long). The Museum holds material of more than 12,000 Chalcidoidea species (out of about 22,000 described species), around 5,000 of which are represented by primary types. Current projects include incorporating material of the recently acquired Hedqvist collection, and cataloguing historically important specimens such as those collected by Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates.



MSc, Imperial College London, United Kingdom


NOTTON DG, Michel E, DALE-SKEY N, Nikolaeva S, Tracey S (2011) Best practice in the use of the scientific names of animals: Support for editors of technical journals. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 68 : 313 - 322.