The Beetle Collection at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the largest in the world and the most comprehensive, type-rich and significant collection of its kind in Germany.
It started life in the 19th century as a main collection with a worldwide remit and has continued to be organised on these lines. It now comprises 6 million specimens and 130,000 species, of which 40,000 are represented by type material. The wet collection contains a large number of unmounted beetles and approximately 50,000 beetle larvae and pupae in 1,500 ethanol jars.
The Beetle Collection also includes a smaller collection of Strepsiptera, as this insect order was long regarded as a suborder of Coleoptera.