Giant “Insect Museum” in Antalya: 530 Species Exhibited
530 species are exhibited in the “insect museum”, which was created in Antalya to show people the creatures living in the forests and to support scientific studies.
Forestry workers, who carry out intensive afforestation activities in order to increase the presence of forests, and who work as a cansipara to prevent more areas from being burned in fires, also carry out studies for the awareness of living things in nature.
Antalya Regional Directorate of Forestry Department of Forest Pest Control Branch, which produces and releases beneficial insects with natural methods against the insects that damage the vegetation in the forest, dried the insect species they saw in the forest with special methods and created a small museum in the branch office building in the Nebiler district of Dosemealti district a while ago. .
The museum, where 530 different species are exhibited, attracts the attention of its visitors with interesting insects, including rhino beetle and stag beetle.
“In the fire, not only the tree, but also the insects are burned”
Antalya Regional Director of Forestry Vedat Dikici said that not only trees but also all living things in nature are in the field of interest of the forest organization.
Dikici said that while they were struggling with forest pests with natural methods, they were also working on other living things living in trees and soil, and they also documented natural riches.
Stating that they created a collection of insect species, Dikici noted that they dried the insects and conducted research with the relevant departments of the universities on subjects such as what species they are and in which regions they live. Stating that they display the dried species in the museum in order to pass them on to future generations, Dikici said:
“In addition to plant species, many creatures from butterflies to crickets and birds live in the forest. When you look into the forest, you may see only the tree, but when you enter it, you will see that there are many more living things. We created this museum to ‘see the diversity in nature.’ “The forest is not just made of trees, it is an ecosystem, it contains thousands of plant species and thousands of animals. When a forest burns, not only our trees burn, but also hundreds of thousands of living things disappear.”
“Anyone who wants can visit the museum”
Stating that there are butterflies, veiled wings, scaly-winged, flat-winged, membranous-winged, similar-winged and dragonfly species found in the forests of Turkey in the museum, Dikici said that a large part of the collection consists of covert and scale-winged butterflies.
Dikici emphasized that sharing information with the society plays a major role in protecting natural riches, biodiversity and preventing plunder by foreign collectors. Stating that they opened the museum they created in this respect to everyone, Dikici said that many people have visited the museum and received information about insects. Stating that students from schools visit the museum in groups, Dikici also emphasized that the museum is open to anyone who wants it.