INHS Insect Collection
Holdings. The INHS Insect Collection, which comprises ca. 7 million prepared specimens
Location. The collection is housed on the second floor of the Natural Resources Building on the campus of the University of Illinois (rooms 285, 291 and 296).
Access. Access to the collection by qualified researchers, normally available from 8:30am-5pm M-F may be arranged by contacting the collection manager, Chris Grinter or curators, Dr. Felipe Soto-Adames or Dr. Chris Dietrich
Specimen loans. Specimen loans are available to qualified researchers. Loans are generally made for a period of one year, renewable upon request. Primary types are generally loaned for a period of three months from the date received by the borrower and are non-renewable. Holotypes, allotypes, and a major portion of the type series of each species described based on INHS specimens must be returned. Details of the collection policy may be seen here.
Acquisitions and maintenance. In general, specimens will not be accessioned unless they have been properly curated and have data that includes at least the collection locality and date. Standard methods of preserving, maintaining, and mounting specimens are followed. Pest control procedures include the limited use of naphthalene, scheduled inspections of all drawers in the collection, fumigation/ freezing of all incoming pinned material, avoidance of food and water sources in the collection, and general housekeeping.
Database. Label data for approximately 10% of the collection holdings are accessible via our local database search interface available here or via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) portal
Collection news. For the latest news on the INHS insect collection, see our blog.