Natural history collections like the Zoologische Staatssammlung (ZSM) in Munich, Germany, are nature’s treasurehouses. The ZSM holds about 25 million zoological objects, including ten million butterflies and moths, 3-4 million beetles, and 3 million bees, wasps, and ants. The purpose of this blog is to make information about the treasures housed in the ZSM and the research conducted at the ZSM available to the general public.

The ZSM is part of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB) that is among the largest union of natural history research institutions in Germany. The research focuses on the past and present bio- and geodiversity and the evolution of animals and plants. The SNSB employs over 250 staff, including 30 tenure track positions and about 30 scientists supported by external funding. The SNSB is directly subordinate to the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.