Orthopteroid collection

The Museum’s orthopteroid collection contains an estimated 785,824 specimens, including 5567 primary and 15,051 secondary type specimens.

The majority of the collection consists of dry pinned specimens, but most of the termites and a small proportion of the other groups are stored in alcohol.

The pinned specimens are housed in 4,639 drawers, of which 3,940 hold the main identified series and 699 contain unidentified or partly identified specimens. 

There is also:

  • a small genitalia collection on microscope slides
  • a fairly large photographic slide collection
  • a large archive of sound recordings of Orthoptera stridulation on tapes and CDs

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Entomology collections team

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

Creobroter meleagris, flower praying mantis
Orthopteroid insects

Learn more about the fascinating orders of Orthopteroidea, which includes locusts, cockroaches and stick insects.

Termites in a nest
Termite research

Learn about the Museum's research into termites.

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Insects Division
Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7942 5000