The Museum’s collection of Coleoptera includes approximately 22,000 drawers of specimens.
The Museum's collection is among the oldest and most important in the world and includes the collections of Sir Joseph Banks, dating back to the 18th century.
A box from the Hugues Bomans stag beetle collection.
The Coleoptera collection includes type material of almost 100,000 species, including types from:
Around 5000 beetles from Charles Darwin's Beagle Voyage are present and material from the Biologia Centrali Americana.
Recent acquisitions include the Hugues Bomans collection of stag beetles and the Voříšek collection of weevils.
The Museum welcomes visitors to the collections. Find out how to book as visit and who to contact here.
Learn which major collections are held in the separate British Coleoptera collection.
The Museum's collection is from all over the world, but there are areas better represented than others.
Find out about our research into the evolution and diversity of the Coleoptera.
Contact the entomology collections team with scientific enquiries about the collections.
The Coleoptera are among the largest groups of organisms on the planet. Learn more about them here.