Aglaia Bouma

Aglaia Bouma

I’m an entomologist with the drive to make the world see how beautiful, funny, fascinating and indispensable insects are. The tools I use for this include teaching, giving lectures, doing research, appearing in the media and writing books for the general public.


entomology, networks, fieldwork, ARISE, biodiversity, insect popularisation


How do insect populations change? How to monitor these changes easily and reliably? What can be done to counter insect decline and how do we make known this is necessary in the first place?

Most animal species are insects, but the class is relatively poorly studied. The fact that it has only been a couple of years since research showed insect numbers have declined drastically proves that. I'm interested in finding out which species occur where and when, and how they interact with other species to form an ecosystem. Because insects are hard to study and identify, this means looking for ways to monitor them in a simple yet reliable way.
One way of accomplishing this is by involving citizen scientists, who often need to be convinced first that insects are fascinating enough to study.

With a European hornet (Vespa crabro)
Cloeon dipterum


A selection of the topics I am working on currently.

ARISE logo

ARISE: knowing Nature in the Netherlands

In the ARISE project, Naturalis, together with the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute and the universities of Amsterdam and Twente, is building an infrastructure that knows and recognizes all (multicellular) Dutch species. Every species, every sample…
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LiveScience werkstraat

Live Science

With its large windows facing the street, Live Science functions as a shop window for Naturalis. This place is where you will meet our researchers and collection managers, so that you can see and experience what their work is all about.
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In the

I'm regularly talking about insects in the media. Please check my personal website for a selection of appearances and interviews.

In Jeugdjournaal