Mississippi Entomological Museum (MISSA-MEM)

The Mississippi Entomological Museum is located in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University near Starkville, Mississippi. The Mississippi Entomological Museum was formed in 1979, under the leadership of Dr. William H. Cross, to combine several private and institutional collections that were present in the state. The research collection contains more than 1,000,000 pinned specimens, and more than 35,000 are being added annually. The Mississippi Entomological Museum includes collections, beginning in the late 1800's of H. E. Weed, Henry Dietrich, J. M. Langston, R. W. Harned, Gladys Hoke-Lobdell, E. W. Stafford, M. R. Smith, William H. Cross, Leon W. Hepner, Bryant Mather, and Charles Bryson. Exotic material includes taxa from Central and South America, the Seychelles, New Caledonia, and the Fiji Islands. The MacDonald Collection, emphasizing Lepidoptera of Panama, is housed in the Mississippi Entomological Museum as well as the Ross E. Hutchins collection of photographs, which are primarily of insects and other natural history subjects, and the James Solomon collection of wood damage. More information about the collection is available at http://mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu/. For information pertaining to loans, contact the Curator, Terence Schiefer (tschiefer@entomology.msstate.edu).
Contact: Richard Brown (RBrown@entomology.msstate.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 681c0543-167b-4f2a-94d3-61e9d3183ad3
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Mississippi Entomological Museum
Mississippi Entomological Museum
P.O. Drawer 9775
(100 Old Highway 12)
Mississippi State, MS   39762
Collection Statistics
  • 100,734 specimen records
  • 60,729 (60%) georeferenced
  • 748 (0.74%) with images
  • 70,115 (70%) identified to species
  • 100 families
  • 1,417 genera
  • 3,611 species
  • 3,681 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371