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Entomology (Colchester)

Entomology is the study of insects and other creepy crawlies. Insects are fascinating – did you know that around half of all species on Earth are insects? That’s around 10 million different species!

We currently hold approximately 40,000 insect specimens at Colchester from a wide variety of orders. These include:

  • Lepidoptera – moths and butterflies. Collections include P.H.Barker, A.D.Blaxill, J.Firmin, J.H.Fremlin, B.Goodey, G.Mathew , W.C.Nield, W.Seabrook, E.J.G.Sparke, G.T.Stott, D. Warner, P.Wood.
  • Hymenoptera – bees, wasps etc.
  • Diptera – flies
  • Coleoptera – beetles. Collections include D.Cox, M.T. Greenwood, R.D.Weal, W.West. R.D.Weal collection also includes world Cerambycidae (longhorns).
  • Odonata – dragonflies and damselflies
  • Orthoptera – grasshoppers and crickets
  • Dermaptera – earwigs
  • Blattariae – cockroaches
  • Phasmida – stick insects
  • Siphonaptera – fleas. Collection by P. Underwood.

    The Harwood Room was opened in 2008 at the Museum Resource Centre. This room houses most of the entomology collections and is available by appointment for researchers. A microscope can be provided on request.

    Researchers should contact sophie.stevens@colchester.gov.uk or 01206 282936 for further information or to book an appointment.

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