Hymenoptera collection

The Museum houses one of the largest collections of Hymenoptera in the world, with over 3 million pinned specimens. 

Rich in type specimens, the collection includes historical material from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as that of Charles Darwin and Henry Walter Bates, Amazonian explorer and collector.

The collection is actively growing with recent collecting efforts focused on supporting current research projects.

Recent collections have included:

  • Hymenoptera from Bolivia
  • Hymenoptera from the Russian Far East
  • Bees from South Africa
  • Chalcidoidea from Costa Rica
  • The Hedqvist collection, particularly rich in European Chalcidoidea
Hymenoptera research

Learn about our extensive research on bees and parasitoid wasps.

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Entomology collections team

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

Bumblebee feeding

Learn more about one of the largest orders of insects, including bees and wasps.