SUMMER GARDEN DONGER IN TEL AVIV COLLECTION
The list of insects inhabiting the gardens of the Russian Museum includes at least 160 species. In their study, we are assisted by professionals in this field – entomologists.
In 2015, on the territory of the Summer Garden, we managed to identify a new species of beetle for the North-West region of Russia – the broad-nosed weevil. In the course of annual observations of this species, it was found that it did not go outside the garden and does not cause significant harm.
Scientists help us in counting the number of this species, as well as other species.
So in 2018, Ariel-Leib-Leonid Friedman, curator of the beetle collection at the Steingardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University, took part in the research. By the end of this year, we received confirmation of the placement of several specimens of Summer Garden weevils in the entomological collection of Tel Aviv University. This is one of the few and the largest collection in the Middle East, numbering more than one and a half million exhibits – representatives of all groups of insects. It contains representatives of the entomofauna of the whole world, but its uniqueness lies in the most complete collection of insects in the southeastern Mediterranean.
The collection was founded in the early 50s of the twentieth century and since then has been replenished with collections of employees and students of Tel Aviv University, but throughout its existence it has absorbed materials and collections of other educational and research institutions and individuals, so it also contains materials collected from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.
The collection staff regularly and systematically continue to collect in Israel, as well as travel to foreign expeditions around the world.