An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.

Insect Zoo

The Insect Zoo in Iowa State University's Department of Entomology is an outreach program developed to foster an appreciation of insects found in Iowa and throughout the world. Participants can view and interact with live insects and other arthropods. We emphasize the diversity, ecology and behavior of arthropods while the students are exposed to many basic concepts of biology. Participants will learn about interrelationships among diverse insect groups and their important role in life on Earth.


  • Loans to/from other institutions: usually 20-40 I year, including California Academy of Sciences, Carnegie Museum, Cornell University, Brigham Young University, Field Museum (Chicago), Illinois Natural History Survey, Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard), Purdue University, and United States National Museum I Smithsonian Institution (USA), Canadian National Museum and Royal British Columbia Museum
    - (Canada), Australian National  Insect Collection and Australian National Museum
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