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Australian National Insect Collection

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CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection approach Shirty Science to create a shirt design celebrating its collection of over 12 million specimens.

After a tour of the collection Dan Power created a psychadelic hexagonal hexapod mandala, featuring the main ANIC research groups: 
Velvet Ants: Ephutomorpha 
Female Horse Flies: Bombyliidae beyonce
Soldier Flies: Hermetia hauseri
Lepidoptera: Coscinocera hercules
Longhorn Beetle: Rhytiphora
Weevil:Eurhamphus fasciculatus
Nematode: Beddingia siricidicla

Can you spot them?



The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC)is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, nematodes and centipedes, housing over 12 million specimens.

ANIC is a critical and authoritative resource for systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, natural resource management, biosecurity and biogeography.

Each year, staff members conduct research in order to increase our understanding of the fauna, and manage and improve the curation levels in the collection.


Dan Power is an award-winning Canberra-based artist documenting and dissecting the natural world, conservation and biodiversity in the Anthropocene.

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This shirt was created with support from CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection

Australian National Insect Collection
Australian National Insect Collection
Australian National Insect Collection
Australian National Insect Collection
Australian National Insect Collection

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