Field Museum of Natural History Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Myriapods (FMNH-FMNHINS)

The Field Museum's Collection of Insects houses worldwide collections of Arthropoda (excluding Crustacea) that rank fifth in overall size among North American collections. At present, the collection includes approximately 4.1 million pinned insects and 8 million specimens or lots of insects and other arthropods in alcohol or on microscope slides. The collection receives heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers. Collection data are now available online in KE EMu for many parts of the collection
Contact: Crystal A. Maier (Collection Manager) (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 June 2017
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Copyright © 2015 The Field Museum of Natural History
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Collection Statistics
  • 360,064 specimen records
  • 79,906 (22%) georeferenced
  • 6,729 (2%) with images
  • 41 GenBank references
  • 158,475 (44%) identified to species
  • 762 families
  • 9,468 genera
  • 31,405 species
  • 31,466 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371