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Glance into a collection box with butterflies. Photo: LWL/Steinweg

Glance into a collection box with butterflies in the magazine. Photo: LWL/Steinweg

Zoology | Invertebrates

The LWL-Museum of Natural History hosts an extensive zoological collection that includes insects, mollusks, spiders, birds and mammals. The collection consists of more than 1,5 Million objects.

The collection of insects makes up the major part of the zoological collection. Approximately since the middle of the 19th century, insects in Westphalia have been collected on a scientific basis. These collections were initiated by the fusion of scientists of the zoological section of the provincial association for science and art. According to the tasks of the State Museum, the area Westphalia-Lippe can be regarded as the main area of collection.