Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology) Insect, Arachnid and Myriapod Collection (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.

Collection Manager: Maureen Turcatel,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 November 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Field Museum
Collection Statistics
  • 15,339 specimen records
  • 14,618 (95%) georeferenced
  • 55 (0.36%) with images (81 total images)
  • 1,227 (8%) identified to species
  • 7 families
  • 52 genera
  • 146 species
  • 154 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics