Due to COVID-19, the University of MN Insect Collection is temporarily closed. All activity is currently suspended; further inquiries can be sent to the curator, Dr. Robin Elizabeth Thomson, curator@umn.edu. Stay healthy and safe!


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Insect Collection (UMSP)!

Housed within the Department of Entomology, UMSP is one of the largest university-affiliated insect collections in North America. Current holdings include 4,035,133 specimens, representing over 53,000 described species (as of December 2019). The collection is a valuable resource for researchers at the University of Minnesota, across the state, and throughout 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.