Beetle Drive

March 20, 2013

Germany

Almost 25% of all life-forms are beetles. That’s a lot of beetles to go around. Berlin’s Natural History Museum has almost 6 million specimens in its beetle collection. The collection luckily happened to be stored outwith the museum, when the original ‘Beetle Hall’ was bombed during World War II, and is now one of the most significant in the world. It’s a scientific collection, which means it’s still actively being studied and usually not accessible to the public. But during the Long Night of Museums last weekend, the Beetle Hall, which houses both the collection and the working areas for the relevant curatorial staff, was opened up. Of course, not all 6 million specimens were on display to visitors that night! But the ones that had been selected were absolutely amazing. Whether like me you think beetles are pretty awesome, or you’re more of a squeamish disposition when it comes to insects, you can’t help but be fascinated by this incredible collection:

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