The Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PU-PERC)

The Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) is an integral part of the Department of Entomology at Purdue University. Specimens housed in the collection are the basis for research in systematic entomology at Purdue and by specialists worldwide. The PERC also serves as a reference to facilitate the accurate and timely identification of insects for extension and teaching needs. Approximately 2 million specimens are held, representing more than 140,000 species. This includes mainly dry-mounted pinned material as well as many specimens stored in liquid preservative or mounted on slides.
Contact: Dr. Jennifer M. Zaspel (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 61cff121-261e-4eff-a186-a377f91aa027
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Purdue University, Department of Entomology
Collection Statistics
  • 14,707 specimen records
  • 875 (6%) georeferenced
  • 12,612 (86%) identified to species
  • 120 families
  • 802 genera
  • 1,682 species
  • 1,736 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371