Insects Collections

Because most insects are small and the majority cannot be identified without the examination of minute characters entomologists make and maintain collections. Very large collections are conserved in museums or colleges and universities where they are maintained and studied by specialists. Many college course require students to form small collections and many amateur entomologists and private collectors keep collections. Historically insect collecting has been widespread and was in the Victorian age a very popular educational hobby. Insect collecting has left traces in European cultural history, literature and songs (e.g., Georges Brassens: "La chasse aux papillons" ["The hunt for butterflies"]). The practice is still widespread in many countries especially in Japan and amongst the youth demographic.

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