The insect collection contains
13 million specimens of which over 7 million are
prepared, labelled and ready for study.
Primary strength is Lepidoptera
but with strong collections in Diptera, Odonata, Heteroptera,
The Invertebrate Collections
The Section of Invertebrate Zoology maintains
resources for understanding the greatest radiation of life on earth,
invertebrates. These resources include world class specimen collections,
an extensive library of periodicals, books, reprints, fieldnotes,
and correspondence files, and unique staff expertise on certain
groups (Lepidoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera).
Most specimens in the collection are in the Phylum Arthropoda,
with greatest emphasis on insects, myriapods, and arachnids.
Mollusks may be found in a separate Section of Mollusks.
These collections augment studies by staff, but their greatest
use for research is by hundreds of specialists worldwide where they constitute the basis for numerous scientific publications. These
collections benefit present and future generations, and in their immensity comprise a public trust as a unique record of the
Carnegie Museum holdings
are worldwide in coverage, especially Afrotropical and Neotropical
The number of primary types exceeds 7,500 and most of those are
Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.
Links to the left provide information on attributes of the Carnegie collection:
History - Overview
of past staff and programs
Contents - Number
of drawers of each family for major regions of the world
A growing presentation of data from specimens in the collections
Specimen Loans -
Policies and rates of specimen lending
Statistics - Information
on geographical and taxonomic composition, curatorial status, growth,
influence on published research, and unique or special collections
Library - Monographs, periodicals, reprints, and archives about arthropods
NSF Project -
Renovation of facilities for study of arthropods worldwide
Links on top of the page
will take you to the different sections the website provides.