Field Museum of Natural History - Insects, Arachnids and Myriapods (FMNH-Insects)

The Division of Insects’ holdings of worldwide Arthropoda (excluding Crustacea) rank fifth in overall size among North American collections and are of worldwide importance for many groups. The collection presently includes roughly 4.1 million pinned insects plus 8.3 million specimens or lots in alcohol or on microscope slides. In addition, there are over 17,000 partly-sorted “bulk samples” from traps or leaf-litter extractions. The collection receives heavy use by US and international research visitors and borrowers as well as extensive educational use.

Technology Liaison to Science: Sharon Grant, sgrant@fieldmuseum.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 November 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
FMNHInsects-DwC-import-2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Field Museum of Natural History
Cite this collection:
Field Museum of Natural History - Insects, Arachnids and Myriapods. Occurrence dataset (ID: b3f172b2-9295-4770-9412-1f8bbeafe278) accessed via the New Brunswick Museum Collections Portal, /portal, 2024-07-20).
Collection Statistics
  • 595 specimen records
  • 431 (72%) georeferenced
  • 19 (3%) with images (19 total images)
  • 17 (3%) identified to species
  • 28 families
  • 17 genera
  • 8 species
  • 8 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Show Geographic Distribution
Show Family Distribution