The insect, spider, mite and centipede collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences contain between 15 and 17 million specimens. They span most of the known orders and contain at least 15,000 type specimens. As the unique specimen from which a particular species was described, these samples are important reference sources. About 1,000 such "types" have been added in the last ten years.

Scientist showing a drawer with insects from the dry collection.
Intro

Short introduction to the entomology collections

Belgian beetles in the Derenne collection (© RBINS, Thierry Hubin)
Overview

An extensive overview of the entomology collections.

Portrait of Wouter Dekoninck, conservator of the entomology collections (© RBINS, Thierry Hubin)
Conservator

About Wouter Dekoninck, conservator of the entomology collections.

A few insects collected at home
Donate

Donate your collection to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

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