Invertebrates (Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera)

Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment

​Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 8 November 2022.


Applicant: Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO

Species/Taxon: Invertebrates

Location: Reserved areas across Tasmania, no more than 20 locations.

Title of research: Novel collection of invertebrates of Tasmania

Aim of project: To collect new records of invertebrate taxa (such as Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera) found in mainland Australia, to better understand the diversity of these groups in Australia. 

Justification: 
- Non-destructive collection events will be done on national parks or reserved land as these areas have been well protected from human impact.
- The researchers collecting the specimens will be targeting certain taxa, including Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera) and Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) which have been rarely collected in Tasmania. 
- Collecting in Tasmania will expand our current knowledge of target taxa distributions across Australia and will increase our understanding of Tasmanian ecology. 

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: No more than 30 per location.

Activities undertaken and methods: Non-destructive invertebrate sampling techniques, including light trapping and hand collection will be performed. Some leaves with evidence of leaf mining will be collected so that larvae can be reared to adulthood for identification. 

Fate of animals: Collected invertebrates will be preserved for research. 

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): Only species that are in the target taxa will be collected. The collection methods involved do not result in a large amount of by-catch, so by-catch will be kept to a minimum.