Mr David Notton MA

David Notton
  • Senior Curator, Hymenoptera
  • Life Sciences department
  • Insects
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

The Natural History Museum, London: 2003-present

Reading Museum Service, Reading Borough Council: 1997-2003

The Natural History Museum, London: 1994-7

Imperial College, London: 1993-4


MA Pure & Applied Biology, Oxford University

Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies, Leicester University

BA Hons (2i) Pure & Applied Biology, Oxford University



Responsible for the Hymenoptera collection: Megalyroidea, Stephanoidea, Cynipoidea, Proctotrupoidea, Platygastroidea, Ceraphronoidea, Chrysidoidea, Apoidea - Apiformes

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Special projects

Preparation of the Hymenoptera collection ready for transfer to new building - Darwin Centre 2

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Preparing research paper on effective ways to top up spirit preserved collections

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Type catalogue of Diapriinae in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London

Professional Roles


  • National Museum of Ireland grant: study visit to Dublin 2003: Notton & O’Connor, 2004; O’Connor, Nash, Notton et al, 2004.
  • Colparsyst grant: study visit to Paris Museum 2003: Notton, 2007 & in press.
  • Colparsyst grant: study visit to Paris Museum 2002: Notton, 2004.
  • South East Museums Service grant: development of Reading Museum Mollusca collection: Notton, 1998; 5 pages on Reading Museum shells on: Collections Gateway Grisedale Scholarship for Biological Research 1990-1992 & Philip Buckle Research Scholarship in Agricultural Zoology 1990-1992: Notton, 1991a & b, 1992, 1993b, 1994a-d, 1995, 1996.
  • Vincent Wildlife Trust Grant 1991: Notton, 1992.
  • Johnson Matthey Educational Trust Scholarship 1987-8: Notton, 1988, 1990.

External collaborations

  • Holger Dathe
  • Matt Buffington
  • Simon van Noort
  • Jim O'Connor

Museum comittees

  • Secondee to the Secretariat of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature: 2008
  • Staff Access Forum (Chair) - representing disabled staff and volunteers across the Museum: 2007-present
  • Curatorial Advisor to the Cole Museum of Comparative Zoology, The University of Reading 2001-2003


  • Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society



  • Recognising and cataloguing Hymenoptera types in the Natural History Museum collection
  • Improving techniques for curation of Hymenoptera collections
  • Systematics of Diapriinae (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae)


Selected publications

Please also see my ResearchGate profile at:


Popovici O, Masner L, Notton DG, Popovici M. 2013. A review of Western Palaearctic Amblyscelio and Baryconus (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). Zootaxa 3599: 325-342.


Bantock, T.M., Notton, D. G. & Barclay, M. V. L. 2011. Rhaphigaster nebulosa (Pentatomidae: Pentatomini) arrives in Britain. Het News (ser. 2) 17/18(Spring/Autumn 2011): 5. Open access: Also featured on iSpot:

Notton, D.G., 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(4): 313-322. Open access at:

Popovici, O.A., Bin, F., Masner, L., Popovici, M. & Notton, D.G., 2011. Triteleia peyerimhoffi comb. n., a remarkably variable circum-Mediterranean scelionid (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea). Zookeys 140: 71-99. Open access at:

Notton, D.G., 2011. A new practical method for profiling and topping up alcohol preserved entomology collections. NatSCA News 21(August): 44-98.

Notton, D.G. 2011. The availability and validity of the name Forpus flavicollis Bertagnolio & Racheli, 2010, for a parrotlet from Colombia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 131(3): 221-224

Broad, G.R., Saaksjarvi, I.E., Veijalainen, A. & Notton, D.G. 2011. Three new genera of Banchinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from Central and South America. Journal of Natural History, 45(21-22): 1311-1329.


Notton DG. 2010. Maintaining concentration: A new practical Method for profiling and topping up alcohol-preserved collections. Collection Forum 24: 1-27.

Notton DG. 2010. A catalogue of the types of Platygastridae (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea) at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with brief notes on the history of the collection. Zootaxa 2358: 1-24.


Buhl PN, Notton DG. 2009. A revised catalogue of Platygastridae of the British Isles (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea). Journal of Natural History 43: 1651-1703.

Notton, D.G. 2009. Bumblebees in the Wildlife Garden. Nature First 55: 9-12.


Notton, D.G. 2008. Maintaining concentration: a new practical method for profiling and topping up spirit collection. Poster for: Working it out – Collections and partnerships: Natural Sciences Collections Association Conference 15 - 16 May 2008. Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. .

Notton, D.G. & Dathe, H.H. 2008. William Kirby’s types of Hylaeus Fabricius (Hymenoptera, Colletidae) in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London. Journal of Natural History 42 : 1861-1865 .

Notton, D.G., Buffington, M. L. & van Noort, S. 2008. The status of the type material of Pycnostigmus rostratus Cameron (Hymenoptera, Figitidae, Pycnostigminae) Journal of Natural History .

Notton, D.G. 2008. Insects of Mortimer Forest on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 21: 187-192.

Notton, D.G. 2008. Killer wasps of the South Atlantic. Waterhouse Times 61: 4.

Notton, D.G. 2008. Insecta: Hymenoptera, pp 78-81 in: Mendel, H., Ashmole, P. & Ashmole, M. Invertebrates of the Central Peaks and Peak Dale, St Helena – Final Report, April 2008. St Helena National Trust. Overseas Territories Environment Programme. Pp 121.


Notton, D.G. 2007. A catalogue of types of the smaller taxa of Proctotrupoidea (Hymenoptera) in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with notes on the history of the insect collection of L. A. G. Bosc d’Antic Zoosystema 29(3) : 457-470 . Zoosystema


Notton, D.G. 2006. Genus-group taxa of Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae & Platygastridae) new to Britain. Entomologist's monthly Magazine 142 : 189-206 .


Notton, D.G. 2005. The publication dates of C. G. Thomson's papers on Scandinavian Proctotrupoidea sensu lato (Hymenoptera) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 141 : 227-232 .


Notton, D.G. 2004. A catalogue of types of Diapriinae (Hymenoptera, Diapriidae) at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, with notes on the classification of Diapriinae and a brief history of the types of Jean-Jacques Kieffer (1856-1925) Zoosystema 26(2) : 315-352 . Zoosystema

Notton, D.G. & O'Connor, J.P. 2004. Type specimens of Diapriinae in the Haliday collection at the Natural History Museum, Dublin - National Museum of Ireland (Hym., Diapriidae) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 140 : 215-218 .

O’Connor, J.P., Nash, R., Notton, D.G. & Fergusson, N.D.M. 2004. A Catalogue of the Irish Platygastroidea and Proctotrupoidea (Hymenoptera) Occasional Publications of the Irish Biogeographical Society 7 : iii + 110 .


Quicke, D.L.J., Fitton, M.G., Notton, D.G., Broad, G.R. & Dolphin, K. 2000. Phylogeny of the subfamilies of Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera): a simultaneous molecular and morphological analysis, In: Hymenoptera: Evolution, Biodiversity and Biological Control . CSIRO Publishing : Canberra , 74-83 .


Notton, D.G. 1999. A revision of the north-west European species of the formosus species group of Spilomicrus (Hymenoptera, Diapriidae) Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, London (Entomology) 68(2) : 129-144 .

Notton, D.G. 1999. [Superfamilies Proctotrupoidea, Platygastroidea and Ceraphronoidea]., In: Identifying British Insects and Arachnids, an annotated bibliography of key works. . Cambridge University Press. The Natural History Museum, London. 270-292 .


Notton, D.G. & Shaw, M.R. 1998. A review of the Palaearctic Neorhacodinae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) with Eremura Kasparyan, 1995 new to the west Palaearctic Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, London (Entomology) 67(2) : 209-218 .


Notton, D.G. 1997. Synacra paupera Macek (Hym., Diapriidae) new to Britain: A parasitoid of the greenhouse pest Bradysia paupera Tuomikoski (Dipt., Sciaridae) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 133 : 257-259 .


Notton, D.G. 1995. A catalogue of type material of the British Diapria genus group (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) Beiträge zur Entomologie 45(2) : 269-298 .


Notton, D.G. 1994. New Eastern Palaearctic myrmecophile Lepidopria and Tetramopria (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae, Diapriini) Insecta Koreana 11 : 64-74 .

Notton, D.G. 1994. A British Trichopria new to Science and Sundholmiella giraudi Kieffer new to Britain (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 130 : 201-203 .

Notton, D.G. 1994. New and notable European Trichopria (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) Entomologiske Meddelelser 62(1) : 9-12 .

Notton, D.G. 1994. A description of the male of Entomacis penelope Nixon (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) Entomologist's Gazette 45 : 57-58 .


Notton, D.G. 1993. New species of Trichopria and Diapria from the British Isles (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 129 : 139-149 .


Notton, D.G. 1992. Aneuropria Kieffer, 1905 and Viennopria Jansson, 1953 (Hym., Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae) new to Britain Entomologist's Gazette 43 : 59-63 .


Notton, D.G. 1991. Some Diptera host records for species of Basalys and Trichopria (Hym., Diapriidae) Entomologist's monthly Magazine 127 : 123-126 .