The Natural History Museum's entomology collection has more than 5.8 million specimens of insects and spiders. It is the largest in Southern California and has specimens from all over the world.
Our collection of 5.8 million specimens represents at least 62,461 species.
The collection includes Laurence Quate’s extensive collection of psychodid slides. Click here to for a searchable database >
Of special interest are the type specimens preserved in our collections. Numerous secondary types (syntypes, paratypes, paralectotypes) exist throughout our main collection. Primary types (holotypes, lectotypes, neotypes) are kept in locked cabinets to protect them from unnecessary exposure to risks, befitting their special stature as the name-bearing specimen for each respective taxon. Search LACM ENT type database>
Based on telephone and e-mail inquiries, we have produced a gallery of the most commonly asked-about insects in Los Angeles. Information on each species is given, much of which is from our book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin by Charles Hogue. Learn more >
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