Insect collecting in New Zealand and the South Pacific

  • Detailed information about collecting invertebrates in New Zealand and the south Pacific: Click here


  • New Zealand topographic maps online: Click here
  • Shapefile of NZ area “Crosby” codes for recording specimen localities: Click here
  • DOC maps and geospatial services: Click here
  • DoC permits: Information on low- and high-impact collecting permits: Click here

New Zealand Flora

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN): Click here
  • Flora of New Zealand online: Click here
  • National Vegetation Survey database of indigenous and exotic plants: Click here
  • Nga Tipu Aotearoa – New Zealand Plants. Allan Herbarium collection database and literature search Click here

Taxon Records, Synopses and Keys

  • Landcare Research. List of databases: Click here
  • New Zealand ants: Click here
  • Orthoptera New Zealand grasshoppers: Click here
  • WetaGeta: A comprehensive guide to New Zealand Orthoptera: Click here
  • Terrestrial invertebrates of biosecurity concern: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, biosecurity research on invertebrates, including important keys to the ants and mosquitoes of NZ: Click here
  • MAF watchlist of pests and diseases: Click here
  • Insects and mites on New Zealand native plants: Click here
  • Soil invertebrates Identification key: Click here
  • Fauna of New Zealand: Click here
  • Flora of New Zealand (vol. 1-5): Click here
  • Moths and Butterflies of NZ Trust: Click here

Entomology & Invertebrate Identification Training

Interested in entomology and all creatures small? Listed below are some places where you can learn more.

University undergraduate courses:

Lincoln University

  • ECOL 202 Biological Diversity
  • ENTO 304 Insect Ecology and Diversity
  • ECOL 302 Applied Ecology and Conservation

Massey University

  • 199.211 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 199.310 Entomology

University of Auckland

  • BIOSCI 208 Invertebrate Diversity
  • BIOSCI 320 Pure and Applied Entomology
  • BIOSCI 747 Biosecurity and Invasion Biology
  • BIOSCI 760 Biosystematics

University of Canterbury

  • BIOL 211 Insect Biology

University of Otago

  • FORB 201 Forensic Biology

University postgraduate courses:

Lincoln University

  • ENTO 612 Advanced Entomology

Massey University

  • 199.717 Entomology

University of Auckland

  • BIOSCI 730 Entomology and Biosecurity

Careers in Entomology

  • Biosecurity officer
  • Quarantine inspector
  • Museum curator
  • Agriculture
  • Apiculture
  • Medical entomologist
  • Public health
  • Pest control
  • Research technician
  • Ecologist
  • Consultant (e.g., environmental, public health, food technology)
  • University academic
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Veterinary entomologist
  • Science communicator
  • Conservation
  • Forensic entomologist
  • Food production (e.g., pollination research and development, invertebrates as food,)
  • Government departments and agencies (e.g., MPI, DoC, Scion)

Places of Employment

  • Colleges, universities
  • DoC
  • Councils
  • MPI
  • Crown research institutes, e.g. SCION, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research
  • Armed forces
  • Museums
  • Consulting firms
  • Agricultural chemicals industry
  • Mosquito control agencies
  • Pest control companies
  • Conservation agencies
  • Corporations involved in food, fiber and forest products
  • State and federal plant quarantine agencies
  • Local, state & federal departments of public health
  • Independent laboratories