The Cornell University Insect Collection is a world-class research and training collection that includes over 7 million insects specimens representing about 200,000 species, or roughly 20% of the World’s described insect fauna. Our collection is an important resource for Cornell students, staff and faculty, for the College of Agriculture, for residents of New York State, and for the broader systematics community.

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Enter a single taxonomic name; Order, Family, Genus, or species. A list of type specimens fitting that descriptor will be generated. Or submit search with no value to see a list of recently added insects.

For more search and filter options, visit the Type Collection or Insect Image Gallery.

Insect Diagnostic Lab

Do you have an insect problem – or an insect you’re interested in – and want to know what it is? Send your sample to the IDL to learn more about it!

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