Natural History Photographs


The index files below provide a systematically organized overview of the taxa represented on this site. The overview is based on phylogenetic principles, although I sometimes compromise between phylogenetic rigor and usability. In my notes On taxonomy, I briefly reflect on this trade-off. These notes also refer to the taxonomic resources that undergird the index files.

If you just want to find photos of a particular species, it is easiest to use the search field in the menubar (indicated by the magnifying glass). You may enter scientific names, or you can search for common names in a few languages (Norwegian, Swedish, English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Italian). The coverage of taxa in these languages is not very high though, varying from 9% for Norwegian and Swedish to 40% in Dutch. The index files below allow for a more systematic search, but this presumes you are familiar with phylogenetic classification. Finally, the search page allows for more general searches (higher taxa; geographic locations; time of observation; or any combination of these).

In the index files below, the numbers in parentheses is the number of species of the pertinent taxon you can here find photographs of. Species names in brown color refer to photos made in Australia. Species names in green color refer to photos of "extended phenotypes," mines and galls; more often than not, the insect itself doesn't show on the photo (e.g., species of the fly family Agromyzidae).