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Jenyns’ Insect Collection: Take a look at the wildlife of Cambridgeshire’s past

Leonard Jenyns lived in Cambridgeshire during the 1800s and he spent much of his time observing and recording the local wildlife. Many of the specimens he collected, including an extensive array if insects, are now stored here at the Museum and provide us with the opportunity to view species that lived in the area nearly 200 years ago.

In addition to collecting specimens, Jenyns also recorded a notebook entry for every species he found in Cambridgeshire. These notes provide further details on where species were found as well as their rarity, with comments supplied by Jenyns himself and other naturalists of the day such as Charles Darwin.

Click here to learn more about the species Jenyns found.