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.

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.

A Children's Stick Insect hanging underneath a plant stem, at night.
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Children's Stick Insect

Find this stick insect in coastal and inland eucalyptus forests.

Visitor in front of butterfly display at the entrance to Bugs Alive exhibition
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Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

A Common Grass-blue butterfly on a leaf, showing underside of wings.
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Common Grass-blue Butterfly

These small lilac-blue butterflies flutter slowly, stopping frequently to feed on the nectar of low-growing flowers.

Black wasp
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Predator vs predator

Wasps give huntsman spiders a taste of their own medicine.

Trees and mist
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Forest Secrets

Walk through a stand of Victoria's mountain forests in the middle of the city.

Orange butterfly with brown patches on wing sitting on curled bark.
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Common Brown Butterfly

This butterfly has orange wings, dark markings and eyespots.

Cream buttefly with black stripes and orange spot hanging from yellow flower.
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Imperial Hairstreak Butterfly

This butterfly has tails on its hindwings with orange spots just above the tails.

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? 

Colour illsutration
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Field Guide app to Victorian Fauna

Detail of a colour illustration of a two koalas
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National Field Guide apps

Bird perched on a red bollard
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Wildlife Field Guide app to Gippsland Lakes

Cockatoos taking flight
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Field Guide to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Cover of Butterflies: Identification and Life History Museum Victoria field guide
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Butterflies: Identification and Life History

A Museum Victoria field guide
Cover of Bugs Alive: A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates
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Bugs Alive

A guide to keeping Australian invertebrates
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

Cockroach
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Bountiful Mallee

Close encounters with Mallee insects.

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

Orange centipede on bark.
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Scolopendrid Centipede

Dorsal view of stick insect on redish soil.
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Margined-winged Stick-insect

Large orange-brown moth on bark.
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Helena Gum-moth

A very large moth with brownish orange wings and prominent eyespots.

Mountain Katydid, wings raised showing colourful abdomen.
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Mountain Katydid

An insect with striking crimson and blue abdominal bands.

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