December 2013

(updated on 21st December 2013)

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The Papua Insects Foundation



The latest news on the Papua Insects Foundation, its 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.

At 16th December 2013 the third field guide on butterflies of Papua is released: the islands in the Cenderawasih Bay (Teluk Cenderawasih) by Henk van Mastrigt & Evie Lilly Warikar

The field guide was presented in Jayapura in the presence of teachers and students of the Cenderawasih University (UNCEN), staff members of the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (sponsors of the field guide), authorities and other interested people. The presentation was a happening, important for the promotion of the research and science of Lepidoptera of Indonesia in particular, and for the attention to nature conservation in general. It is a positive sign that Indonesian authorities and a national bank as the sponsor of the field guide show their affinities to nature conservation and support the print of field guide and the magazine Suara Serangga Papua (SUGAPA).

Evie Warikar giving a lecture on the butterflies of the Cenderawasih Bay Islands (at the left, Henk van Mastrigt)


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).

The book 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




Dr. Vincent J. Kalkman (Odonata) (member of the board of the Papua Insects Foundation)

On 19th December 2013 he defended his thesis "Studies on phylogeny and biogeography of damselflies (Odonata) with emphasis on the Argiolestidae" in Leiden, The Netherlands

The Papua Insects Foundation congratulates Dr. Vincent J. Kalkman with his title

New! A field guide to the damselflies of New Guinea


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(2) (October - December 2013) 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. For more information about this foundation click on the logo at the right.

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




STILL AVAILABLE ! 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"





News on the website - Rob de Vos


New pictogram buttons

The rather outdated and sometimes confusing blue buttons in this website are gradually replaced by the above depicted pictogram 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 will do. Please let us know if you agree that these buttons are much easier in use. Note that not all pages in the website will be modified at once, but the old buttons still are functioning.

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.

Have a look at the following interesting new 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!