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The Museum's Entomology Collection includes 200,000 specimens that showcase the breathtaking diversity of insect life.

Check out our Bugs of Utah page and follow the Salt Lake Bug Lovers facebook page! 

If you have a bug specimen that you'd like identified, please email a photo or description to Christy Bills and we'll do our best to help you out. However, if your question is of a medical nature, please contact the local health department or your physician. 

*Please note not all of our collections are digitized but you can access the data of the arthropod collections here

NHMU Entomology Fun Facts

  • Specimens from six continents are represented in the collection.  More than 120 years of collecting are represented here.
  • The collection's concentration on the Wasatch Front makes it unique - and uniquely important.
  • Some of the specimens are pinned, some smaller or soft-bodied specimens are stored in alcohol and still others are stored "papered," or folded in paper triangles to conserve space.
  • New metal cabinets at The Rio Tinto Center create a more controlled, stable "micro habitat" that is safer for the specimens and also protects against pest infestations.  Delicate insect specimens expand and contract slightly with temperature and humidity changes causing them to become even more fragile.


Christy's Entomology News

DNR Contract: Grant to Study the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle!

"This month, we were awarded a grant to study the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle (Cicindela albissima), a threatened species.  Ed Gage will be searching the area surrounding the CPSD State Park for other populations of the beetle and evaluating the habitat’s characteristics.  This is the first state contract the inverts department has ever gotten!  Very exciting to be working with this interesting species and being able to put Ed’s vast experience to work. "


Links to other sites of interest:

Entomological Society of America

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources

University of Florida Book of Insect Records

Insect and Spider Collections of the World

Bug Guide

What's that bug?