The Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (MSU-MSUC)

In 1867, Professor Albert J. Cook started the ARC and it currently houses ~ 1.5 million specimens mounted on pins, slides or stored in alcohol representing ~35,000 species. A significant portion of the collection represents the insect diversity Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Other significant collections represent the world-wide arthropod fauna for select taxa, e.g., Lepidoptera and Scolytinae. Researchers in systematics, agriculture, natural resources, urban insect management, to extension personnel and to the general public use these specimens. Please direct inquiries to Anthony Cognato, Director or Gary Parsons, Manager (
Contact: Anthony Cognato (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 15cdb244-b82d-4798-af5e-ef7bc138f233
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Department of Entomology, MSU
Collection Statistics
  • 190,261 specimen records
  • 69,322 (36%) georeferenced
  • 11,234 (6%) with images
  • 105,192 (55%) identified to species
  • 517 families
  • 7,540 genera
  • 26,593 species
  • 26,691 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371