University of Minnesota Insect Collection

Housed within the Department of Entomology, the University of Minnesota Insect Collection is one of the largest university-affiliated insect collections in North America. Current holdings include 4,060,820 specimens, representing over 53,000 described species (as of December 2020). The collection is an invaluable resource for students and researchers at the University of Minnesota, citizens across the state, and members of the entomological community both nationally and internationally.

Help support our mission to discover, describe, and preserve the remarkable diversity of Minnesota's and the world's insects. Click here to donate to the Insect Museum Fund. Your gift will be used to fund special equipment needs, graduate student research, attendance at workshops, undergraduate student workers, directed field work, databasing initiatives, and other needs beyond the routine maintenance of the collection.

The Collection’s official institutional code is UMSP as registered in the Global Registry of Scientific Collections