John Walters and I have been assembling this collection for the last few years. Our aim has been to have a single typical specimen of each of the species on the British list, carded as neatly and symmetrically as possible. In a few cases, the collection contains more than one specimen, to illustrate colour variation or sexual dimorphism. We’d still like to fill a few more of the gaps (please help if you can!) but before too much longer it will be time to photograph all these specimens.
This collection has been laid out by printing drawer liners on an A3 printer. If you’re interested in setting out a carabid collection in the way I have done it here, let me know and I can send you the Microsoft® Word file. It can be adapted to give more or less room for each species and to fit into different size drawers or store-boxes.
Many people have helped us to assemble this collection either by donating or exchanging specimens, or by taking us to see certain species. Our thanks go to: Tony Allen, Roy Anderson, Kevin Austin, Dave Boyce, Julia Carey, Jon Cole, Jonty Denton, Scotty Dodd, Brian Eversham, Andrew Graham, Peter Hammond, Mark Hancock, Peter Harvey, Peter Hodge, Richard Jones, Pete Kirby, Alan Lazenby, Sindre Ligaard, Martin Luff, Richard Lyszkowski, Steven MacCormick, Andy McVeigh, Paolo Neri, John Paul, John Read, Martin Rejzek, Pavel Saska, Andy Schofield and Emma Small.