Insect identification for Museum Collections


Start date

24 March

Time commitment

1.5 days


Face to face


$250 for UC students
$450 for external attendees

This course has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation and the face to face and practical nature of this course.

This course, run over 1.5 days, will provide collection services professionals an introduction to insects, an understanding and identification of insect pests within the museum and gallery context.

Students will explore basic insect anatomy morphology and delve into the life cycles of insects to understand how to identify insects and other arthropods. Students will gain skills in identifying insects and assessing the effects of these insects in collection storage and displays spaces, to better manage the care of these collections through understanding insects found in their collections.

Career potential

This course gives an introduction to a broad field that has applications in libraries, archives, museums and galleries.

Who should apply for this course

Professionals within the museums and galleries sector who care and manage collections.

Learning outcomes

  • Basic understanding in insect morphology, diversity and life cycles
  • Identifying different types of insects that may be found in collections
  • Understand the impacts of insects have on collections

Course presenters

Learn from industry experts

Mr Hakim Abdul Rahim

Heritage Lab Manager, School of Arts and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Design

Hakim Abdul Rahim is currently the Heritage Lab Manager at the Faculty of Arts and Design where he supports the teaching and learning of materials conservation, in addition to the care and management of the faculty’s teaching collection. With a background in science, heritage and materials conservation, He has worked in the museums and galleries sector in Singapore and Australia since 2010 in institutions such as the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO.

Course structure

Session 1

Insect basics

  • Introduction
  • Basic insect biology and morphology
  • Understanding insect diversity and ecology
  • Identify insect orders
Session 2

Lab session 1

  • Introduction to basic microscopy
  • Lab based exercises in identifying insects
  • Identifying insect damage in collections
Session 3

Lab session 2

  • Lab based exercises workshop in identifying museum pest and other insect found in collections
  • Debrief and discussion

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