Main Collection

Photographs of all species represented in the collection

Featured Families

Saturniidae

This family of moths, known as silk and royal moths, contains the largest members of Lepioptera found in BC.

Lucanidae

Males of this family, commonly known as stag beetles, often have very large mandibles used in fighting for a mate.

Oestridae

The larvae of this parasitic fly family, known as botflies, develop just below the skin of mammals, including humans!

Notable Collections

Spencer Slide
Collection

A collection of over 8,000 microscope slides of fleas and lice from around the world that constitute Spencer's personal holdings.


Lane Photograph Collection

A collection of over 10,000 photographic slides by late insect photographer Ian Lane, generously donated by his family.


Hook Beetle
Collection

Over 3,000 historical specimens from the UK, Japan, and BC are showcased along with their accompanying field note book entries.


What's New


Notes on Insects Recently Introduced to Metro Vancouver

Through fieldwork and examination of older museum specimens sixteen species of insects are recorded for the first time from British Columbia, including seven new to Canada. Read more here.





Insects of the Vancouver Convention Centre Green Roof

In 2016 an inventory of the insects on the VCC Green Roof was taken.

The Spheciform Wasps of BC

A checklist of all the spheciform wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae) species recorded from British Columbia.

The Lepidoptera
of BC

A comphrehensive checklist of all species of Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths) recorded from British Columbia.

Photo Gallery
Updates

Species galleries that have been updated with new images or maps.


The Collection

Over half a million pinned specimens, 75,000 alcohol-preserved specimens and 25,000 specimens on slides showcase BC and the Yukon's spectacular insect diversity. Past collectors' particular projects have shaped the collection, and have resulted in particularly strong holdings of Hemiptera (true bugs), Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), Siphonaptera (fleas) and Anoplura and Mallophaga (lice). The collection has also been enriched by the following notable holdings: de Waard Lepidoptera (moths), Downes Hemiptera (true bugs), Foxlee Diptera (true flies) and Hymenoptera (bees and wasps), Harrison Coleoptera (carabids), Llwewllyn Jones Lepidoptera (butterflies), Scudder Hemiptera (true bugs), Stace-Smith Coleoptera (beetles). The Collection also includes an extensive library of entomological literature, ranging from insect taxonomy, biology, and habitat to pest control. It includes over 350 books, 8000 reprints, and 20 series of unbound journals. We also have over 10,000 photographic slides of insects and arachnids with accompanying data.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

The Spencer Entomological Collection is housed along with five other natural history collections in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia.



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