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Insect Collection

Beetles comprise a major holding of the museum with an estimated 2.5 million prepared specimens. These include world-class holdings of several groups including Scarabaeidae, Cucujoidea and Cerambycidae.

The estimated 1 million-specimen Diptera collection forms one of the major North American fly collections.

The Odonata collection, curated by the International Odonata Research Institute, has the world’s largest and most diverse collection of dragonflies and damselflies, with nearly 750,000 specimens.

Butterflies and moths are well represented, with over 1.5 million specimens housed within the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History.