Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the University of Minnesota Insect Collection.

We greatly appreciate your desire to help look after one of the largest university-affiliated insect collections in North America.

The role of a volunteer is to assist with the maintenance of the University of Minnesota Insect Collection. Volunteers may undertake a range of duties including (but not limited to): mounting and labelling of specimens, sorting of specimens, assistance with packaging of specimens for dispatch and/or storage, cleaning and restoring of trays and drawers, assistance in incorporating donated material or newly acquired specimens, and the identification of specimens.

University of Minnesota Insect Collection expectations of volunteers are that they: have good manual dexterity and fine motor skills in order to handle very small specimens, be reliable, be willing participants in a friendly team environment, be organized and detail-oriented, and have an interest in insects and/or related arthropods.

If you are interested in volunteering on either short-term or long-term-projects, please contact the Curator, Dr. Robin Elizabeth Thomson, at [email protected].

Lantern fly (Fulgoridae: Laternaria pyrorhyncha).
Fulgoridae: Cathedra serrata.
Peanut bug (Fulgoridae: Fulgora lampetis).