Swiss Entomological Society

The Swiss Entomological Society (SES) fosters cooperation among both professional and amateur entomologists and promotes the scientific study of indigenous insects.

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!

  • Publications

  • 2019

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 142

Waldreservate – was lange währt, wird endlich gut
Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?
  • 2019

Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?

Biodiversity makes an important contribution to a healthy life. This is confirmed by an analysis of scientific studies published by the Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) as a fact sheet. Conclusion: the considerable preventive and therapeutic potential of biodiversity is still largely untapped.
Hotspot 40
  • 2019

Hotspot 40/19 Insekten im Fokus der Forschung

Unsere Beziehung zu Insekten ist ambivalent: Einige, wie beispielsweise Mücken und Bienen können uns gefährlich werden, wenn sie ernsthafte Krankheiten übertragen oder wir allergisch auf ihre Stiche reagieren. Andere erregen vielleicht Ekel, Käfer möglicherweise. Und dritte, wie zum Beispiel bunte Schmetterlinge sind bei den allermeisten willkommen.
Aber viele Insektenarten sind gefährdet. Sie drohen, für immer zu verschwinden, bevor wir sie überhaupt entdeckt haben. Diese HOTSPOT-Ausgabe legt ihren Fokus daher ganz auf die Insekten in der Forschung.


c/o Hannes Baur
Naturhistorisches Museum Bern
Bernastrasse 15
3005 Bern

+41 31 350 72 64

Willkommen im Reich der Insekten!

Baur, Hannes Portrait Foto

In no other animal group are so many new species described every year. Not surprising, given that insects represent approximately 80% of all known species. Nevertheless, it is remarkable that so many new species are discovered in a region as well studied as Switzerland.

The description of new species represents a fundamental part of taxonomic research. Equally important is our understanding of the biology, distribution and ecology of these species.

Since the founding of the society in 1858, the SES has encouraged the study of indigenous species through the publication of books and a journal, 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.

Become a member of the Swiss Entomological Society today!

– Hannes Baur

President of the Swiss Entomological Society