Arthropod Collection


Michael Whiting - Curator of insects

Riley Nelson - Assistant Curator of insects
Shawn Clark - Collections Manager
Richard Baumann - Emeritus Curator of insects
Baumann Fieldnotes
Mike Hastriter - Research Associate
Selby Herrin - Research Associate


The insect and arachnid collection is comprised mainly of pinned specimens, but there are also major alcohol and slide collections. The collection serves as a library of insects and arachnids for western North America. It is a valuable historical collection and serves as an important voucher depository. BYUC is registered as the official acronym for the collection by the Entomological Collections Netword (ECN), a national organization.

Insects and Arachnids
Arthropod Collections Home Page - coming soon


Specimens: 2,000,000+
Type specimens: 72
Major groups represented:

  • Coleoptera - 1,000,000
  • Diptera - 50,000
  • Aquatic orders
    • Plecoptera (40,000 - world's largest collection)
    • Trichoptera
    • Ephemeroptera
  • Siphonaptera - 25,000
  • Orthoptera - 25,000

Geographic representation: Worldwide coverage; emphasis on western North America


John  Bell - Curator of Crustaceans and Mollusks


Specimens: 6,500
Frozen tissues: 5000
Major groups represented:
Aeglidae - 300
Astacidae - 40
Cambaridae - 2,000
Parastacidae - 200

Geographic representation: Worldwide coverage

The Utah Lepidopterists Society

The Utah Lepidopterists Society meets monthly, except during the months of June, July, and August (when members prefer to be out collecting or observing insects).  The meeting time is always the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon.  The meetings typically alternate between the Bean Life Science Museum and the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah. Anyone interested in butterflies or moths (or insects in general) is welcome to attend. Typical attendees range from absolute novices to experts, and from children to elderly.

Upcoming meetings at the Bean Life Science Museum (orientation classroom):

  • October 11, 2014 (10 AM - 12 PM)
  • December 13, 2014 (10 AM - 12 PM)
  • February 14, 2015 (10 AM - 12 PM)
  • April 11, 2015 (10 AM - 12 PM)