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Highlights

  • Only major entomological collection in state of Iowa.
  • Primary source of historical specimens from prairie habitats of Iowa & upper Midwest
  • Significant collections by H.H. Knight, J.A. Slater, and H.M Harris (Hemiptera), J.L. Laffoon and W.A. Rowley (Diptera), and G.W. Courtney (Dipteraandaquatic insects)
  • Significant international collections from Asia (especially India, Nepal, and Thailand), Central America (especially Costa Rica), South America (especially Chile) and Australia
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Bugeye Camera

The Bugeye System is a camera on a robotic arm, created by the University of Illinois. The camera captures small micro images that are stitched together with another program called Stitchdaemon. This allows us to capture high-resolution images of entire insect drawers. Read more about Bugeye Camera

Gregory W Courtney

Faculty
Professor
Curator of Iowa State Insect Collection
Area of Expertise: 
Biodiversity, Aquatic Insects, Systematics

About

The Iowa State Insect Collection (ISIC), which is housed in the Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, is the only major entomological collection in the state of Iowa.


The collection maintains global holdings for taxa of prior and current research  focus (e.g., Miridae,  Siphonaptera, Blephariceridae,  and Mycetophilidae). ISIC is of national and international importance because it is a primary source of insect specimens from prairie habitats of Iowa, and because of significant collections by H.H. Knight, J.A. Slater, and H.M Harris (Hemiptera), J.L. Laffoon and W.A. Rowley (Diptera), R.L. Lewis (Siphonaptera), and G W. Courtney (Diptera and aquatic insects).


Although the majority of specimens are from Iowa and the upper Midwest, the collection houses abundant representation from other North American  localities. Significant international collections include specimens from Asia (especially India, Nepal, and Thailand), Central America (especially Costa Rica), South America (especially Patagonia), and Australasia.

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