Even as a child, Darwin was an enthusiastic collector of specimens. Although he studied to be a clergyman, “he was more interested in collecting bugs than saving souls.” His close attention to detail led him to question the similarities and variations he observed in his beetle collection. It has been said that his collection “bested the lot of them.” Ask students to find out what is involved in starting an insect collection. What materials are needed for mounting and preserving the specimens? Suggest that students call a natural history museum and interview an entomologist about how specimens are collected and identified.