Worker bees with pollen stored in beehive cells.
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Discover Documentary: Bees

In this episode of Discover, Dr. Ken Walker takes us into Museums Victoria's Entomology Collection. As an expert in native bees, he explains how these tiny creatures have a major global impact.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
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Forest Secrets

The forested mountains which embrace the city of Melbourne are the setting for giant trees, dramatic geological events, human stories of tragedy and triumph, evolution of unique organisms and regular occurrence of bushfires.

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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Help us document biodiversity – record your own sightings

Pinned butterfly in box with paper label.
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Australia's oldest insect specimen

A Common Evening Brown collected in China in 1742.

Black and orange beetle on a flower
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What are these swarming beetles in my garden?

Each January, the Museum receives many enquiries about swarms of beetles in suburban gardens in and around Melbourne

Black wasp
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Predator vs predator

Wasps give huntsman spiders a taste of their own medicine.

Image taken by a microscope of a bees head
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Buzz off!

How do you study a bee so small it can barely be seen? 

Cockroach
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Bountiful Mallee

Close encounters with Mallee insects.

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Nik McGrath and Simon Hinkley in the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio, 19 November 2019.
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On the wing

Portrait of Dr G.A. Waterhouse arranging specimens in his collection at the Australian Museum, 2 February 1931.
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Kindred spirits

Between 1891 and 1947, George Lyell and Gustavus Athol Waterhouse's regular correspondence shared a passion for moths and butterflies.

Mirabilis (female) from the George Lyell Collection at Melbourne Museum.
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Light sheets

Peter Marriott talks moth bioscans in the Otways for National Science Week at Melbourne Museum.

A pressed orchid specimen.
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Pressed Orchids

Unlike their Asian counterparts, Australian orchids like the rosy spider orchid, pictured below, are beautifully understated. Delicate and beautiful, they are not flashy like the orchids available at your local nursery.

Moth specimens in a museum collection
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Butterflies of the night

The aim of the "George Lyell Collection: Australian entomology past and present" project is to examine the George Lyell collection scientifically and culturally, and to share discoveries with the wider community.

“Butterflies of Australia” (1914) proofs from the Museums Victoria Archives
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Moths are beautiful too

At October's Nocturnal event, a multidisciplinary team of Museum workers and a guest speaker from University of Melbourne got together to present items from the George Lyell Collection to visitors.

Sepia portrait of a young man
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The sting of the final letter

Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.

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