Field-collected beetles drying, ready to be labelled and added to the insect collection.The entomology collection contains:
- over 1,600,000 specimens;
- covers all taxonomic groups and all habitats throughout Queensland and adjacent regions;
- most comprehensive collections from all major tracts of rainforest, and a database of 60,000 specimen records from 750 sites within these rainforests;
- internationally recognised collections of Australian parasitic wasps (Microhymenoptera); dung beetles (Scarabaeidae); ground beetles (Carabidae); ants (Formicidae); 'sucking bugs' (Aradidae); and New Caledonian insects;
- current collection and research strategies include the taxonomy, ecology, and biology of Scarabaeinae, Carabidae, Chalcidoidea, Formicidae, and several families of Diptera (flies); distribution patterns of rainforest insects, in particular using pivotal collections of particular insect groups as indicators of ecosystem health;
- about 150,000 specimens, including more than 21,600 type specimens, are databased. This represents over 9% of the collection, being amongst the highest proportion of entomology collections databased in Australia.