Frost Entomological Museum

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Frost Entomological Museum
LocationPenn State University, University Park, PA, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°48′13″N 77°51′43″W / 40.803706°N 77.862041°W / 40.803706; -77.862041
TypeNatural History Museum
Collection size2 million specimens

The Frost Entomological Museum is an active research institution, associated with the Pennsylvania State University's flagship campus in University Park, PA. The museum houses a research collection, estimated at 2 million [1] arthropod specimens, and a public exhibition and educational space. Although the museum was founded in 1969, much of the collection dates to the early 1900s and even the late 1800s.

Ten acre pond, near the museum

The research collection provides a record of the insect biodiversity of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the eastern and southeastern United States. Major collection holdings include:

  • Aphididae - The John O. Pepper aphid collection consists of over 32,000 mounted specimens, representing at least 800[2] species. The collection is especially strong in aphids from central Pennsylvania.
  • Anoplura - The K. C. Kim collection of sucking lice comprises more than 15,000 slide-mounts and represents approximately 300 species.
  • Odonata - The George H. and Alice F. Beatty Collection includes more than 60,000 dragonfly and damselfly specimens, collected from the 1940s through the 1970s. More than 1,000 species are represented, and half of the specimens were collected in Mexico.

Other notable collections, which reflect the interests of the museum’s namesake, Dr. Stuart W. Frost, include leaf miners, light-trapped insects,[3] and arthropods of the Archbold Biological Station.


  1. ^ "Insect Holdings". The Frost Entomological Museum at Penn State. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  2. ^ Carl, W. (1996). "John O. Pepper" (PDF). American Entomologist. 42 (2): 126.
  3. ^ Frost, S.W. (1964). "Insects Taken in Light Traps at the Archbold Biological Station, Highlands County, Florida". The Florida Entomologist. 47 (2): 129–161. doi:10.2307/3493289. JSTOR 3493289.

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