One of the scientists showing a Goliath birdeater, a spider species from South America, conserved in alcohol

1. Arachnological collections

A. Acari collection (mites, dry collections)
  • Collection of oribatid mites put together by Prof. J-C Lions: mites collected between 1967 and 1970 from a limestone ridge in the South of France. The collection contains specimens from more than 200 Oribatid taxa.
  • Collection put together by Prof. Dr. A. Fain: about 100,000 microscopic slides, more than 30,000 type specimens, and 2,407 described species of Acari.
B. Araneae collection (spiders, in alcohol)
  • Belgian collection, J. Kekenbosch
  • Other alcohol collections: non-Belgian spider collection (Galápagos collection), diplopoda (millipedes), myriapoda (centipedes), scorpions and pseudoscorpions, and arachnids
Mantises (Mantodea) in the entomology collection

2. Insect collections (dry collections), 25 larger orders

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Butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) in the entomology collection
D. Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Belgian collection:


General collection:

Travel collection made by His Royal Highness Prince Leopold 1929

  • Travel collection made by His Royal Highness Prince Leopold 1932
  • De Selys Longchamps collection
  • Collection made by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth (Lepidoptera of Brazil)
  • Collection made by His Majesty King Leopold III
  • Collection of Saturniidae (Emperor Moth) from Africa: contains more than 20,000 specimens and many type specimens. They represent about 95% of known African species. Saturniidae caterpillars are eaten in Africa (entomophagy). We have DNA barcodes for 5,000 specimens from this collection of Emperor Moths.
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