About Frank Hennemann

Frank H. Hennemann was born 01.07.1978 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany and grew up in Bad Dürkheim and Freinsheim on the German Wine Route on the edge of the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve (Biosphärenreservates Pfälzer Wald). Already as a child, he was interested in the animal world, especially arthropods, amphibians and reptiles in his neighbourhood. At the age of eleven, he bred his first phasmids (Extatosoma tiaratum, Haplopus bituberculatus), which laid the foundation for his interest in phasmid breeding and his fascination with this order of insects. During a phasmid friends' meeting at the Pollichia Natural History Museum in Bad Dürkheim in 1990 (https://www.pfalzmuseum.de/), he obtained further phasmid species and a single terrarium quickly became a whole room full of breeding cages and terrariums. He quickly developed an interest in the naming (taxonomy) of phasmids as well as the differentiation, characterisation and systematisation of the various species and genera, whereby he began to critically question naming early on. This also awakened his interest in collecting, which, in addition to breeding, laid the foundation for the development of an extensive scientific reference collection of this insect order, which is constantly growing. In 1990, he travelled to Singapore and this trip laid the foundation for his love of the tropics. Subsequent trips to Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia and Sri Lanka followed in the 1990s. In 1991, he collected his first phasmids in natural biotopes in West Malaysia. After graduating from high school, he studied biology and taught at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and trained as a car salesman, but the phasmids were always with him until the present day. Since 1992, Frank Hennemann has written the first breeding instructions in the journal "Phasmid Studies" and the first publication on the taxonomy of phasmids by Frank Hennemann, in which he described the first new species, that appeared in 1995. Since then, over 80 further publications have followed, dealing with the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of phasmids from the Oriental and Neotropical regions.