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Entomology

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 some of 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

IMLS Grant to Digitize Butterfly and Moth Data

We recently received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to database our butterfly and moth collection.  This will give researchers, as well as anyone who is interested, access to decades of Lepidoptera data - this is important for tracking changes in population over time and locations.  Butterflies and moths are important herbivores so they have a big impact on ecological systems.  

Watch Christy's interview on ABC4!


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?