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Congo grasshopper

Congo grasshopper
The insect collection contains an estimated
13 million specimens of which over 7 million are prepared, labelled and ready for study.
Primary strength is Lepidoptera and Coleoptera,
but with strong collections in Diptera, Odonata, Heteroptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera,
and Siphonaptera.
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 natural world.
Carnegie Museum holdings are worldwide in coverage, especially Afrotropical and Neotropical regions.
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
Databases - 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

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will take you to the different sections the website provides.