Insects in science

Insects have many uses. For some, such as indigenous tribes in Africa, Asia and Australasia, they are a tasty, high-protein snack. Police and detectives in Britain use insects for a very different reason. In murder enquiries, they can be used to work out the time of death. Follow the tell-tale maggots below!

Cartoon image of a stegasaurus disappearing through closing door

The first collected specimen of Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, is kept in the Museum.