Our insect research
Biosecurity at ANIC
The Australian National Insect Collection helps us identify insects and biosecurity pests that are intercepted at Australia's borders.
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.
Wasps, bees and ants
Hymenoptera is a large order of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants. Over 150,000 living species of Hymenoptera have been described, in addition to over 2,000 extinct ones. Our research focuses on uncovering and studying ant, bee and wasp evolution and biodiversity.
Our research into flies or Diptera is helping scientists better understand the evolution and ecology of this group of insects.
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 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.
Our research on spiders or Aranaea is increasing our knowledge of their diversity, distribution and complexity. Image credit: Jürgen Otto, CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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.