What Has Six Legs?

What Has Six Legs?

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Butterflies and More!

Before our entomology collection moves to the new collections building, come take a behind-the-scenes look! Join one of our educators for an interactive livestream tour of the research entomology collection, a collection with over one million specimens strong.

Creep, Crawl, Slither

Join curator of vertebrate zoology Dr. Gavin Hanke and curator of entomology, Dr. Joel Gibson for this live program. You'll leave with a new appreciation for animals that creep, crawl, and slither!

Live at Lunch: Plant Galls and What Emerged

In the winter of 2022, curator of entomology Dr. Joel Gibson collected plant galls from the Native Plant Garden at the Royal BC Museum. Over the next few months he reared them out to see what insects were inside. Come and discover what it emerged and what Dr. Gibson is going to do next. Credit: RBCM

Live at Lunch: Let it Bee

Collection manager of entomology, Claudia Copley will give an overview of why pollination is important, the amazing diversity of bees and other pollinators, what habitat they need, and how we can all help in small ways to benefit these amazing and essential creatures. Credit: RBCM

This Week In History - Plant Galls

Did you know insects can lay their eggs inside plant tissue? Entomologist Joel Gibson shows us how plant galls are created, and what might be hiding inside. Season 11 Episode 13, Jan 2023 Credit: RBCM and CHEK-TV (2023)

Streamable Learning Livestream: Creepy Crawl Slither

Join our curators of entomology and vertebrate zoology as we explore the creatures that creep, crawl, and slither through our province.

Behind the Scenes at the Royal BC Museum - Natural History

Beyond the walls of the galleries are the collection spaces, filled with specimens, objects, belongings, documents and images. Millions of items that help tell the diverse and dynamic stories of what it means to live in British Columbia. This video is a peek into the Natural History collection, meeting some of the people that help care for and activate through research what is there. Music by Konovalov Credit: RBCM

RBCM@Outside: A Moveable Feast

Join educator Liz Crocker and Royal BC Museum curators Dr. Henry Choong and Dr. Joel Gibson for a virtual exploration of wrack on a beach. We’ll discover why we should not clean up beach wrack but leave them as a critical part of a food web. Credit: RBCM

Sea Wrack!

If you've wandered along one of the beaches of Vancouver Island, you've likely seen something called wrack. It can be smelly, but it's an amazing source of organisms that bridge the gap between sea and land. Dr. Joel Gibson and Dr. Henry Choong, both researchers at the Royal BC Museum, take us down to the shore where there collect some specimens, and explain the importance of these 'buffets' of animals and insects. This Week In History Season 10 Episode 4. Nov 2, 2021 Credit: RBCM and CHEK-TV

Bumble Bees

When most people picture bees they think of honey bees. Honey bees were brought to the west coast only 160 years ago, but BC is home to 459 other species of bee—50 percent of the bees in Canada. Entomology Collections Manager Claudia Copley explains about the habits of BC's bees and what we can do to help make our gardens bee-friendly. From This Week in History Season 7 Episode 7.

Life In The Soil

Beneath the forest floor lies a world alien to human experience. The lives of microscopic soil organisms are revealed in this close-up view of an exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. Credit: RBCM

Seaweed and Bugs

Seaweeds found on Vancouver Island and Gulf Island beaches are home to diverse communities of insects. New research by Curator of Entomology Dr. Joel Gibson is uncovering a hidden world of insects on our coasts, never before found in British Columbia. From This Week in History Season 5 Episode 18. Credit: RBCM

Monarch Butterflies

Since 1997 the Monarch Butterfly has been considered a species at risk in Canada.  Depending on where you live, one of the things we can do to help Monarch Butterflies is to plant and protect Milkweed. Watch the video to learn more. From This Week in History Season 5, Episode 10. Published November 8, 2016.
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Entomology: Behind the Scenes

Meet Entomology Collection Manager Claudia Copley and peek behind the scenes in entomology. Credit: RBCM, J. Weller

Dragonflies of BC

Curator Emeritus of Entomology Dr Rob Cannings talks about dragonflies and damselflies. Credit: RBCM