The work of the Entomology Section is concerned with the study of insects. Our collection consists of over a million species of which about half are British (the remainder are from many countries of the world).
The British collection is a good representation of the species found in the UK. It is used as a reference for the identification of newly collected specimens and for comparison when we describe new species. Even in Britain we are discovering new species and those that have not been recognised here previously.
Insects and other invertebrate species are increasingly used for the assessment of the quality of habitats in the UK and elsewhere.