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Nearly all the holdings of the Yale Peabody Museum’s Division of Entomology have been assembled since the late 1940s, and represent the collecting efforts of Charles L. Remington, divisional staff and affiliates, in addition to the accession of outside collections. A small portion of the holdings are from the Yale collection of the 19th century.

Emphasized taxonomic groups are:

  • World Lepidoptera
  • Araneida
  • Blattaria
  • Microcoryphia
  • Thysanura
  • Entotrophi
  • North American aquatic Coleoptera
    and Heteroptera, Hymenoptera and Odonata
  • Coleoptera of the families Tenebrionidae
    and Cicindelidae
  • Myriapod classes

Specialty collections have been organized around evolutionary themes such as extinction, hybridization, mimicry, insular endemism and regional faunistic surveys (such as New England bogs, and the offshore islands of New England and California).

Important lepidopteran collections include those donated by Frank Morton Jones, Herman Wilhelm, Sidney Hessel, Don Stallings, P.S. Remington, William Wright, T. Sargent, Thomas Manley and Margaret Cary, among others.

Other important collections include:

The Division has recently acquired several historically important collections dispersed by institutions:

  • A large regional parasitic Hymenoptera collection from the USDA Forest Service
  • The University of Indiana Collection, which contains Kinsey’s gall wasps
  • Collections from Princeton University and Dartmouth College
  • The Bridgham Collection from Rhode Island, with lepidopteran types from W.H. Edwards and A.R. Grote

The Yale Peabody Museum’s collections are available to legitimate researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible individuals at established institutions. Loans and access to the collection can be arranged through the Collections Manager.

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