April 2014

(updated on 3rd June 2014)

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The Papua Insects Foundation



The latest news of the Papua Insects Foundation, the website and other relevant items concerning the entomology study in New Guinea

With this newsletter we want to inform you about the latest developments, news and changes in the website and activities of the Papua Insects Foundation and other interesting entomological news of New Guinea. If you have any questions or comments on this, please contact us.

Volume 2 of the multi-annual magazine "Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea" is released!






The second volume of the book series "Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation on Wallacea and New Guinea" is released. The series will run to several volumes published on a regular basis every 2-3 years.

The contents of volume 2 to what insects is concerned:

BORDONI, Arnaldo: Xantholinini of the Australian region (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), VI. Species from New Guinea of the
Last collection in the Manchester museum. New genus, new species and new records.
BROCK, Paul D.: A new species of leaf insect (Phasmida: Phylliidae) from West Papua, Indonesia.
GORBUNOV, Oleg G. & ZAMESOV, Alexey N.: To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. I. Snouted Tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Aganaidae) of Papua Province, Indonesia.
GORBUNOV, Oleg G. & ZAMESOV, Alexey N.: To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. II. Hawk moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) of Papua Province, Indonesia.
HÁVA, Jirí: Contribution to the genus Orphinus Motschulsky, 1858 from New Guinea (Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Megatominae).
KALASHIAN, Mark Yu. & KUBÁN, Vítezslav: New species of Aphanisticus Latreille, 1810 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia and from Australia.
KALNINŠ, Martinš: Argiolestes zane sp. nov. from New Guinea (Odonata: Argiolestidae).
MEDVEDEV, Lev N.: New species of Alticinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from New Guinea and islands of South-East Asia.
MEY, Wolfram: Gerontha peterseni sp. nov. - a new species from Papua New Guinea (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) found in material of the “Kaiserin Augusta-Fluß-Expedition”.
SKALE, Andrè & WEIGEL, Andreas: Zur Taxonomie, Synonymie und Faunistik der Apomecynini der asiatisch-australischen Region (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). Revision der Gattung Sybra Pascoe, 1865: Teil 4. Die Arten der Sybra incana-Gruppe ohne Philippinen.
TELNOV, Dmitry: Taxonomic revision of the genus Sapintus Casey, 1895 (Coleoptera: Anthicidae: Anthicinae) from the Indo-Australian transition zone, with remarks on Oriental and Australian taxa.
TUMBRINCK, Josef: Taxonomic revision of the Cladonotinae (Orthoptera: Tetrigidae) from the islands of South-East Asia and from Australia, with general remarks to the classification and morphology of the Tetrigidae and descriptions of new genera and species from New Guinea and New Caledonia.
VOS, Rob de: The Monosyntaxis Swinhoe, 1901 complex of sibling species in New Guinea (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Lithosiini).
WALLIN, Henrik, KVAMME, Torstein & NYLANDER, Ulf: A revision of the genus Nemophas Thomson, 1864 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), with descriptions of a new subgenus
Pilomophas and a new genus Nemoplophora.
ZAMESOV, Alexey N. & GORBUNOV, Oleg G.: To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. III. Tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Arctiinae) of Papua Province, Indonesia.

more information




Papua Insects Foundation on Facebook

With the introduction of the Papua Insects Foundation on Facebook we hope to reach a much wider range of people interested in the insects of Papua. Especially younger people, students and institutions will find information of our foundation, the website and our aims much easier with Facebook than they will with just a website. We hope to receive a lot of "likes" from the public which will give us an indication of how we are appreciated. Our Facebook page is mastered by Merel van Haren.

Cooperation between Perhimpunan Entomologi Indonesia (PEI) and Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP)

Perhimpunan Entomologi Indonesia (Indonesian Entomological Society) and Kelompok Entomologi Papua (Workgroup on Papuan Insects) will start a cooperation in 2014. The background of this new development is a recent visit to the State University in Manokwari (UNIPA) at 12-13th March 2014, where Henk van Mastrigt learned about a “Papua Branch” of PEI in Manokwari. It became clear that the distance between Manokwari and Jayapura will be a real problem in having one branch in Papua only. So the idea was born to start an own branch in Jayapura.
A meeting with the head and teachers of the biological department of FMIPA UNCEN , the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences of the Cenderawasih University on Monday 17th March 2014 was the first step. On Monday 24th March Henk visited the Secretariate of PEI and the redaction of JEI (Jurnal Entomologi Indonesia, Indonesian Journal of Entomology) and had a talk with Damayanti Buchori, Vice Director of PEI and chairwoman of the Board of Editors of JEI.
The main reason for cooperation is to get a better position and qualification for the magazine SUara serangGA PApua (SUGAPA), Voice of Papuan Insects, as the actual publisher (KEP) has no juridical status and is no corporate body. The publisher should be a corporate scientific instutition or a scientific organisation cooperation with a university and/or an institution of research and development. The last one seems to be the best solution for SUGAPA.
That means that in a short time will be erected PEI Cabang Jayapura (Entomological Society of Indonesia, Branch Jayapura) which will continue the vision and mission of KEP in cooperation with the Papuan Insect Foundation in the Netherlands.
The activities are as follows:


Heavy rainfall and mud streams struck Jayapura



On the evening of 22nd February 2014 a severe rainfall struck the area of Jayapura causing land slides and mud streams. The capital city of Papua suffered from water and mud with a lot of damage. Even the important collection of Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP) suffered of water and mud coming through under the doors of the collection room. Fortunately quick cleaning and drying prevented damage to the collection. It was also very lucky that the power was not failing so airconditioning could do its work.











Insects in decorations for tourists

At the moment it seems a trend to have framed butterflies just for decoration at home. Magazines on home decoration and interior depict rooms with these frames on the wall. Sellers of these frames defend themselves with saying that all butterflies are breeded for this purpose in butterfly farms in Thailand, Asia and South America but there is doubt if that is indeed always true. Butterfly farms stimulate the market for insects in frames and in many cases fresh wild material will be used to provide the dealers with to frame insects, especially because the actual breeding takes too much time. These farms are therefore not at all preserving the wild butterflies but on the contrary may cause damage or even extinction of populations. The Papua Insects Foundation now and then also receives requests for insects for sale for collections or decoration. We like to emphasize that it is not in our scope to collect, sell or resell insects from Papua for this purpose. Insects collected by us is done for scientific purposes only and are stored in natural history museums.


We received from Richard S. Peigler pictures of a remarkable different use of insect decoration. Papuas in the Baliem Valley discovered the interest of tourists for bracelets with the large cases of Metura (Lepidoptera, Psychidae), probably from an undescribed species!










Still available


Henk van Mastrigt & Evie Lilly Warikar, 2013. Buku Panduan Lapangan Kupu-kupu untuk Wilaya Pulau-pulau Teluk Cenderawasih, terfokus pada Numfor, Supiori, Biak dan Yapen (the butterflies on the Islands in the Cenderawasih Bay (former Geelvink Bay), especially the islands Numfor, Supiori, Biak and Japen).

This field guide is sponsored by Bank Rakyat Indonesia

The field guide is in Bahasa Indonesia and consists of nearly 200 pages, including 84 colour plates with 1171 colour pictures.

Price including registered airmail:
SUGAPA-subscribers: € 17.50
Others: € 27.50

This field guide can be ordered at:

payments should be addressed to ING-Bank
Account number: 0184194 (Euro currency)
HJG VAN MASTRIGT, Maastricht, The Netherlands
IBAN: NL07INGB0000184194

Asian customers should address their payment to Bank BRI in Jayapura, Indonesia
Account number: 2141-01-005891-50-7 (IDR)
Swift code: BRINIJA




A field guide to the butterflies of the Birdshead Peninsula
"Kupu-kupu, untuk Wilayah Kepala Burung Termasuk Pulau-pulau Provinsi Papua Barat"
by the team of Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP, "Workgroup Papua Insects")

For more information click here






This field guide is sponsored by The World Wildlife Fund and the Dutch "Nationale Postcode Loterij"





V.J. Kalkman & A.G. Orr, 2013. Field Guide to the damselflies of New Guinea.
pp. 3-128.
Available for € 15,- For details see:

With this book in hand the reader can identify all genera and most species of damselflies occurring
in New Guinea. It will doubtless stimulate people to explore their local streams and standing
waters of New Guinea and to appreciate the wonderful diversity of damselflies and dragonflies
to be found there. Over 500 copies are being donated to universities throughout New
Guinea. As well as introducing students and researchers to the beauty of damselflies, the guide
provides a basis to study them and use them in biodiversity studies supporting the conservation
of freshwater habitats.

The guide contains nearly 300 colour drawings and over 250 line drawings by Albert Orr and
twenty-two colour photographs taken in the field by Stephen Richards. Many genera and most
species included have never been depicted in colour before.

Vincent Kalkman has had an interest in the damselflies and dragonflies of New Guinea since
2005. In 2006 and 2008 he conducted fieldwork with the Kelompok Entomologi Papua in the
Indonesian part of the island and in 2009 he joined the expedition by Conservation International
to Muller Range in Papua New Guinea.

Albert Orr’s interest in the insect fauna of New Guinea dates back to undergraduate days when
he made two lengthy excursions in 1971 and 1973/4, collecting butterflies and dragonflies. He
has authored and illustrated several identification guides to Asian dragonflies and damselflies
(2003, 2005 and 2007), and the butterflies of Australia (2010).


Text: Vincent Kalkman (Netherlands) & Albert Orr (Australia)
Illustrations: Albert Orr (Australia)
Translation to Bahasa Indonesia: Henk van Mastrigt (Papua, Indonesia) & Evie Warikar (Papua,
Photographs: Stephen Richards (Australia)



Volume 8(3) (January - March 2014) of SUGAPA is released


SUGAPA is a continuation of the newsletter "SUGAPA" of the Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP) which started in July 2006 and since then published 8 issues on the activities of the members of KEP, a group of enthousiast Papuan biology students and teachers of the Cenderawasih University (UNCEN), with Henk van Mastrigt as guide and teacher. Initially the language in the newsletter was Bahasa Indonesia, which was a problem for most interested scientist. The Papua Insects Foundation therefore presented English translated abstracts on the website.

SUGAPA is sponsored by the Van Tienhoven Foundation in The Netherlands and from Volume 8(3) by Bank Rakyat Indonesia.

The magazine SUGAPA focusses on international scientists and deal with subjects on Papuan insects. The text will be mostly in English (about 25 % will be in Bahasa Indonesia). More information or subscription

The editors of SUGAPA appeal for entomologists to contribute in their journal, so if you have manuscripts (almost) ready on Papuan insects and want to publish in SUGAPA, please contact the editorial board of SUGAPA.

We like to emphasize that SUGAPA is a registered journal (ISSN 1978-9807) and independently founded by KEP, but it is obvious that the Papua Insects Foundation fully supports this initiative with what we can.

The grow of subscriptions to SUGAPA is less than we expected but we hope that with good advertisement and "mouth to mouth" recommendation the subscriptions will grow to the necessary minimum to cover the finances of the magazine. The most important aim of this magazine is not just making it possible to publish in it quite easy, but to develope a magazine in which most entomologists will publish their information on Papuan insects and to be available to teachers and students in Papua and further.


For the contents of this and previous issues see the abstracts of SUGAPA



News on the website


All pages with new pictogram buttons

The above depicted pictogram buttons replaced the old blue buttons, which should make surfing and navigating through the website much easier. The pictograms should speak for themselves which function they have and if not, the text in it will do. Please let us know if you agree that these buttons are much easier in use.

Thumbnail pages

As usual new thumbnail galleries have been added to the website and more are yet to come. Renovations and corrections in the website are part of a daily practice to keep the website up to date and are ongoing. Here follows a list of the major novities on the website since last newsletter. Minor changes are numerous and you will understand that we cannot list those.


Of the insects pages the following list shows the new or renewed checklists


We hope that contributors who promissed us a checklist of their insect group will soon send it to us for preparing. If you have additional information or a new family to add to the website please contact the webmaster.

The Pieridae (Lepidoptera) pages are now complete, which is quite an achievement if you notice how much information is presented and the many pictures it contains. The best overview you will find in the thumbnail page of the Pieridae.



Have a look at the following interesting History pages:


Available thumbnails at this moment are:


Appeal for more information on other insect groups and items for the next newsletter

At the moment we have contact with more than 50 entomologists in the world who more or less contribute to our website or promissed to do so. We would appreciate your cooperation to provide us of information and checklists of your specialism concerning New Guinea in general or Papua Indonesia in particular. If you know of some other specialists who potentially could be interested to contribute to our website, please let him/her know of us or inform us.

If you have interesting news or information to put in the next newsletter you are very welcome to. Please contact the webmaster to deliver and discuss your contribution.

We rely and depend on you!