Entomology Collections Search
The U.S. National Entomological Collection is the world's largest accessible collection, with over 35 million specimens. The electronic records available here focus on type specimens as well as the general Odonata collections. Data for several taxonomic groups are indicated, at the end of detailed records, as reveiwed by staff of the Smithsonian or affiliates USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory and Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit. Legacy data for several taxonomic groups are kept available while under review and will be udpdated upon completion. Data and images for all specimens should be considered provisional. We will be updating and adding records and images regularly.
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Keyword searches on summary fields can be run from the Keyword Search tab above. Searches can be run against specific fields from the Search by Field tab. A custom presentation of Entomology Illustration Archive records is also available. If you do not know what to search for, try one of the three sample searches in the Quick Browse list below.
Search results are sorted by taxonomic group and limited to 5000 records. If you need to retrieve a larger record set, please contact the Department of Entomology.
See the Help tab to learn more about searching and then exploring your returned results (sorting, exporting, etc.).
Quick Browse Searches
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Enter your keywords separated by spaces and click Search. Records that match your search terms will be returned.
Note that searching for common (vernacular) names may not yield the expected results. Associating common names with specimen records is a work in progress.
Keyword search example: cicindela ("new mexico" OR chihuahua) type
Use the By Field search to find specimen data that match values in specific database fields. Enter a value or choose one from the dropdown lists.
The results of your searches can be displayed in Grid (a sortable, customizable table) or Gallery View (best for reviewing images). Use the Switch button to cycle between these views.
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See Exporting Results for information on downloading results to, for example, Excel or Google Earth.
Open the full collection record by clicking the expansion button () in Grid View, or anywhere within the image frame in Gallery View. Inverse expansion buttons () indicate records with multimedia (typically, images).
Sort results in Grid View by clicking the column header (or by choosing Sort from the column's dropdown menu).
Export all or selected results by clicking the Export Results as CSV button in the bottom toolbar in Grid, or Gallery View.
You can also export all or selected results to a KML file for viewing with Google Earth or other KML viewers, by clicking the Export as KML button. This button is grayed when all or selected results lack latitude/longitude values.
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