North Carolina State University Insect Museum

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NCSU Insect Museum
Drawer of insects from the NCSU Insect Museum.
Established 1952
Location North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°47′15″N 78°40′21″W / 35.787638°N 78.67262°W / 35.787638; -78.67262
Type Natural History Museum
Collection size 1.5 million specimens

The NCSU Insect Museum is the center for research and training in insect systematics and biodiversity informatics at North Carolina State University. The Museum's collections hold more than 1.5 million specimens,[1] with major emphases on the insects of North Carolina and on the Auchenorrhyncha and Aphididae (Hemiptera) of the world. A smaller but historically important part of the collection (especially for bees of the eastern USA) is dedicated to Hymenoptera.[2]


Deitz (1983a[3] and 1983b[4]) provides the most comprehensive reviews of the history of the NCSU Insect Museum. Insect reference collections started growing soon after the foundation of NC State University in 1889, with each individual collection being cared for by one curator. These multiple independent collections across campus were then collated into a single resource in 1952, then referred to as the Entomology Museum. This effort was organized by Zeno P. Metcalf, an Auchenorrhyncha systematist who served as the Insect Museum's first director.

This museum has since been referred to as the NCSU Insect Museum, and it continues to serve as a resource for entomologists who need to identify specimens, for researchers attempting to understand more about species distributions through time, for students learning insect taxonomy, and as a repository for vouchers that reference entomological research.


  1. ^ "Insect Museum main page". NCSU Insect Museum. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ AR Deans and AF Ernst (2009). "Past, present, and future of the NCSU Insect Museum. Entomological Collections Network annual meeting, December 2009". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ Deitz, L. L. (1983). "Featured institution - North Carolina State University at Raleigh". Association of Systematics Collections Newsletter. 11: 65–69. 
  4. ^ Deitz, L. L. (1983). "North Carolina State University Insect Collection". Tymbal, Auchenorrhyncha Newsletter (Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, London). 2: 8. 

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