Illinois Natural History Survey - Insect Collection (INHS-INSECT)

The INHS Insect Collection, which comprises ca. 7 million prepared specimens as well as noninsect arthropods (e.g., arachnids and myriapods) and miscellaneous invertebrates (bryozoans), is one of the largest and oldest entomological collections in North America. Specimen holdings emphasize the upper midwestern USA but are global in scope for certain groups, particularly Coleoptera, Collembola, Diptera, Hemiptera (Auchenorrhyncha), Hymenoptera (Apoidea), Lepidoptera, Plecoptera, Psocodea (Psocoptera + Phthiraptera), Thysanoptera and Trichoptera. The collection contains significant historical holdings from Illinois dating to the mid-1800s, including >13,000 primary type specimens.
Contact: Tommy McElrath, Collection Manager (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 January 2016
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 657,608 occurrence
  • 525,649 (80%) georeferenced
  • 575 families
  • 0 genera
  • 0 species
Extra Statistics