Member of SCNAT

The SES fosters cooperation among both professional and amateur entomologists and promotes the scientific study of indigenous insects.

Image: LaMantarraya,


> NEWS (01.09.22): Die Professur für Waldschutz der Technischen Universität Dresden lade ich Sie hiermit herzlich zum 4. Tharandter Waldschutzkolloquium ein. Am 13. und 14. Oktober 2022 erwarten Sie in Tharandt zahlreiche Vorträge zu aktuellen Waldschutzthemen, die sowohl durch Angehörige der Professur als auch durch externe Experten und Expertinnen bestritten werden. Die Details zum Programm enthält der Flyer.

> NEWS (04.08.22): "BeweiDung: Dungkäfer und ihre Rolle in Weideökosystemen" Tagung der Österreichischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft (ÖEG, in Illmitz am 01.10.2022 mit Exkursion in den Nationalparks am 02.10.2022. Anmeldung zur Veranstaltung von 01.08.-15.09.2022 bei Carina Zittra (Geschäftsführerin der ÖEG) <>

> NEWS (06.07.22): new topical collection in Alpine Entomology on "Impacts of alien insects in the Alpine ecosystem": LINK to announcement on Pensoft blog & full details on journal site

> NAHIMA – Natural science collections online by ETH library - virtual infrastructure to make natural science collections accessible to researchers in an efficient and clear way: LINK to news article

> Interesting session at Intecol 2022 (28.8-2.9.22, hybrid format): S3.4 Insect decline: temperate versus tropical trends
(organized by Yves Basset, Thibault Lachat, Nadir Alvarez)

"This session will present new data on insect population dynamics; will contrast potential insect conservation threats and insect decline in temperate and tropical areas; and will identify convergent/diverging population patterns for temperate and tropical insect communities, bridging the gap between entomologists studying them."

> NEW: red lists for dragonflies and native cicadas (BAFU/CSCF)

> Radio interview with Thibault Lachat on the topic of "Peut-on sauver les insectes ? (1/5) - Comment éviter lʹextinction ?": LINK

> Personal statements of entomologists concerning the state of our insect fauna


Insects — Boundless diversity

Insects are by far the most diverse group of living organisms. There are over 30’000 species in Switzerland, or approximately ten times more insects than plants! In addition to their spectacular diversity, insects have a significant impact on our environment and daily lives.

On this website, we regularly publish insect news from all fields of research. Let yourself be inspired!

Cover Alpine Entomology 5 2021
Image: SEG / Pensoft

Alpine Entomology

The Journal of the Swiss Entomological Society (SES)!


Swiss Entomological Society (SEG)
c/o Dr. Oliver Yves Martin
ETH Zürich
CHN G 26.2
Universitätsstrasse 16
8092 Zürich

Martin, Oliver Porträt
Image: CC BY-SA 4.0

Insects account for the majority of animal species. Beyond this diversity, insects impress due to various remarkable facets of their biology, as well as far-reaching interactions with other organisms. Insects provide key ecosystem services, and are of central importance for humans.

Insect species are currently endangered worldwide. It has hence become more important than ever to understand more about the diversity, evolution, distribution and ecology of these fascinating animals.

Since the founding of the society in 1858, the SES has encouraged the study of insects through the publication of the “Fauna Helvetica” book series and the journal “Alpine Entomology”, the organization of annual meetings and the support of various research groups. All of these activities have the same objective: to create an active network of entomologists and other entomologically interested people.

Become a member of the Swiss Entomological Society today!

Oliver Martin

President of the Swiss Entomological Society