Why a website about Auchenorrhyncha?

The main reason to start a website on Western Palearctic Auchenorrhyncha was the lack of summarized information on taxonomy, ecology and distribution in this area. While searching the web, scanning books, reading publications and digitizing collections, I came up with the idea to publish all this collected information on a website.

This website has several goals:

  • Making this most interesting group of insects accessible for a wider public, from entomologists to nature photographers who want to look up which species they photographed.
  • Collecting as much information as possible on distribution, ecology and taxonomy of Western Palearctic Auchenorrhyncha and showing this information in a clear way.
  • Collecting photo’s of as many species as possible.
  • Creating several, easily usable identification keys.
How is this website built?

Many people contributed to this website as it is today. I am especially thankful for the help of Jelle Jacobsen for building the entire website from scratch. Without his help this project would have failed in the earliest stage. Several people helped through the contribution of publications, information and photo’s. Especially thanks to Gernot Kunz for providing pictures of hundreds of species and his help in the search for specific literature. A list of contributors can be found below. As this website is non-financed, every single contribution is done voluntarily.


This website covers the complete Western Palearctic area. The following areas are distinguished: Åland Islands, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, France – Corsica, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greece – Crete, Guernsey, Vatican (Holy See) Vatican, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Italy – Sardinia, Italy – Sicily, Jersey, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Portugal – Azores, Portugal – Madeira, Republic of Kosovo, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia (northern part), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Spain - Canary Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Western Sahara.

Contributions and contact

Everyone can make contributions by sending photo’s, additional information and corrections. All data will be implemented as quickly as possible. Only published data can be used, please always add a scan or pdf of the publication. Contributions can be send to Marco de Haas.

Name Contribution
Marco de Haas Editor
Jelle Jacobsen Web designer
Gernot Kunz Providing photo’s and publications
Adrià Miralles Providing photo’s
Rudy Soethof Providing photo’s
Petri Metsälä Providing photo’s
Petri Parkko Providing photo’s
Arto Muinonen Providing photo’s
Jan Ligtenberg Providing photo’s
Francesco Poggi Providing photo’s and publications
Kees den Bieman Providing specimens for photography
Max Caspers Providing access to the RMNH collection to photograph specimens