some of the largest natural crystals in the world

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Beetles, Mites, Cockroaches - Oh My!
[Insect Collection Tour]

The insect collection is the largest at The Field Museum, and houses more than 12 million specimens from all over the world. Only 4 million of those are in the pinned collection – the rest are stored in alcohol in another part of the building. 

Crystal Maier, the collection’s manager, took some time to show us how one organizes millions of specimens varying in size, shape, and number. Also I saw the most purple beetle in the world. It’s so purple, you guys. 

Want more on Crystal? Check out an interview with her about water beetles!