What Has Six Legs?
What can you learn about insects from the Royal BC Museum?
What animals have six legs, a three-part body, compound eyes, antennae and make up about half of all living things on Earth? Insects, of course. Did you know there are about 35,000 species of insects just in British Columbia? Insects and the other land animals without backbones, but with segmented bodies and jointed appendages (terrestrial arthropods) make up at least 75% of the more than one million species recorded on earth.
Our insect (entomology) collection contains about 600,000 specimens of insects, spiders and other arachnids.
We share our museum specimens with insect scientists (entomologists) around the world. Sharing allows scientists with new perspectives or research techniques to add to the value of our specimens.
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