Entomology Collection

The Entomology Collection is one of Museum Victoria’s largest, estimated at 2.5–3 million specimens, more than 190 000 of which are registered. The collection is locally, nationally and internationally significant.

It contains several important historical collections and many thousands of irreplaceable type specimens that are used in the scientific description of species. Comprising both wet (preserved in 70% ethanol) and dry (pinned) specimens, it covers all major insect groups found in Australia, including butterflies and moths, beetles, grasshoppers, ants, bees, true bugs, caddisflies (and other aquatic insects) and cockroaches.

Significant items

  • Francis Walker Collection of foreign insects (including the scientifically valuable Wallace Indo-Pacific material).
  • Castelnau foreign beetle collection.
  • Godeffroy Collection of Australian and foreign insects.
  • Collections from large expeditions such as the 1894 Horn Scientific expedition to Central Australia, and from private collections.
  • Approximately 50 000 specimens of spiders, ticks, mites, centipedes, scorpions and millipedes.
  • Over 600 000 aquatic insect specimens, the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in Australia.