Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LACM-LACMEC)

This is a snapshot of publicly available data.

With over 800,000 described species — more than half of all known living organisms — insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth. The Natural History Museum's entomology collection has more than 5.8 million specimens of insects and spiders. The collection's strength lies in its holdings of specimens of ants, phorid flies, scarab beetles, and moths from North and Central America. Museum scientists conduct world-class research on systematics, studying species and their relationships, the evolution of major groups, and fossil insects in amber. They conduct field work on insect biodiversity at home and in tropical countries. Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County goes back as far as 1913, when the Museum first opened.
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 April 2016
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 184,364 specimen records
  • 180,381 (98%) georeferenced
  • 22,505 (12%) identified to species
  • 1 families
  • 153 genera
  • 943 species
  • 943 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371