Coleoptera collection

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.

Stag beetles

A box from the Hugues Bomans stag beetle collection.

 The Coleoptera collection includes type material of almost 100,000 species, including types from: 

  • Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)
  • David Sharp (1840-1922)
  • George C. Champion (1859-1927)
  • George R. Waterhouse (1810-1888)
  • Charles O. Waterhouse (1843-1917)
  • Rev. Thomas Blackburn (1844-1912)
  • Thomas Broun (1838-1919)
  • Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe (1813-1893)
  • Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892)
  • George Lewis (1829-1926) and many others

Around 5000 beetles from Charles Darwin's Beagle Voyage are present and material from the Biologia Centrali Americana.

Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana

Recent acquisitions include the Hugues Bomans collection of stag beetles and the Voříšek collection of weevils.

  • Various beetles from the collection of Sir Joseph Banks
    Access to the collections

    The Museum welcomes visitors to the collections. Find out how to book as visit and who to contact here.

  • Smallest and largest British beetle speices.
    British collections

    Learn which major collections are held in the separate British Coleoptera collection.

  • A rose chafer beetle
    Geographical coverage

    The Museum's collection is from all over the world, but there are areas better represented than others.

Pseudaplemonus limonii (Kirby), weevil
Coleoptera research

Find out about our research into the evolution and diversity of the Coleoptera.

Contact us

Entomology collections team

Contact the entomology collections team with scientific enquiries about the collections.

Splendour beetle

The Coleoptera are among the largest groups of organisms on the planet. Learn more about them here.