Institutional Collection: Wisconsin Insect Research Collection

Collection Information

CollectionCode: 
WIRC
Status of Collection: 
Active
Accession Status: 
Institutional
Collection Description: 

The Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC) is home to nearly 3,000,000 curated specimens. The collection also houses more than 5,000,000 additional uncurated specimens in bulk, primarily in ethyl alcohol.
 
The Wisconsin collection is the result of nearly 170 years of collecting by amateur and professional entomologists. Early collecting efforts focused on increasing holdings of Coleoptera, Diptera, and Lepidoptera, while the current research strengths of the WIRC include Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, and Hemiptera. This diversity reflects the ongoing research of curatorial and support staff as well as taxonomic graduate training and several key collection donations. Active taxonomic teaching and research programs and involvement in state and regional inventory projects have contributed to a sustained growth of the collection by an average of 16,000 specimens per year in recent years.

Collection Content Type: 
Biological: Exoskeletons
Preservation Type: 
Sample Treatment: Dried
Sample Treatment: Fluid preserved
Sample Treatment: Pinned
Sample Treatment: Slide mount
Access Eligibility and Rules: 
(empty)
LSID: 
(empty)
Cool URI: 
http://grbio.org/cool/358v-iiee

Collection's Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Mailing Address 2: 
Department of Entomology
Mailing Address 3: 
1630 Linden Drive, #346
City/Town: 
Madison
State/Province: 
Wisconsin
Postal/Zip Code: 
53706-1598
Country: 
USA

Collection Contact Information

Primary Contact: 
  • Created: 2 October 2017 - 10:49am EDT
  • Updated: 3 October 2017 - 9:14am EDT
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