ANIC research

The Australian National Insect Collection researches a number of major bio-diverse and economically important groups of insects and related organisms.

  • Beetles

    Coleoptera is the group classification given to insects collectively known as beetles and are one of the largest orders of living organisms on the planet. Our research examines their economic and environmental importance.

  • Flies

    Our research into flies or Diptera is helping scientists better understand the evolution and ecology of this group of insects.

  • Mites

    Research on mites or Acarina is increasing our knowledge of their diversity, biology and behaviour. Mites are not insects, but arachnids, a group that also includes spiders, scorpions and harvestmen, and a few other groups of small invertebrates.

  • Moths and Butterflies

    Lepidoptera, otherwise known as moths or butterflies, is one of the most diverse insect orders and probably one of the best-loved insect groups.

  • Roundworms

    Roundworms or nematodes are the most abundant and ubiquitous multicellular organisms on earth. Between 100,000 and 1,000,000 are believed to exist. Only a small percentage of Australia's species are currently known, with 1000 having been named.

  • Spiders

    Our research on spiders or Aranaea is increasing our knowledge of their diversity, distribution and complexity.

  • Thrips

    Our research on Thrips or Thysanoptera, aims to better understand their biological diversity and economic importance in Australia and its relationship to the fauna in other parts of the world.

  • DNA unlocks insects identity and evolution

    Molecular Systematics provides new tools and techniques for understanding the identity and evolution of insects and their relatives.


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