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Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst
(1 November 1743 – 5 November 1807) was a German
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
Natural history is the scientific research of plants or animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study, and encompasses more research published in magazines than in academic journals. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study...
and entomologist from Petershagen
Petershagen is a town in the Minden-Lübbecke district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.-Geography:Petershagen is situated on the river Weser, approx...
Minden-Ravensberg was a Prussian administrative unit consisting of the Principality of Minden and the County of Ravensberg from 1719–1807. The capital was Minden. In 1807 the region became part of the Kingdom of Westphalia, a client state of Napoleonic France...
He was the joint editor, with Carl Gustav Jablonsky
Carl Gustav Jablonsky was a Berlin naturalist, entomologist and illustrator. He was also the private secretary to the Queen of Prussia....
, of Naturgeschichte der in- und ausländischen Insekten
(1785–1806, 10 volumes), which was one of the first attempts at a complete survey of the order Coleoptera.
Herbst's other works included Anleitung zur Kenntnis der Insekten
(1784–86, 3 volumes), Naturgeschichte der Krabben und Krebse
(1782–1804, 3 volumes), Einleitung zur Kenntnis der Würmer
(1787–88, 2 volumes) and Natursystem der ungeflügelten Insekten
(Classification of the unwinged insects) (1797–1800, 4 parts).