One of our customers is a major West Coast University known for its Museum of Entomology. (If you aren’t familiar with Entomology…this is the study of terrestrial (land-based) arthropods, commonly known as insects or bugs.) This museum houses an impressive research collection of over 5 million arthropods, containing specimens from the Western Hemisphere along the eastern Pacific Rim, including Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the central Pacific. Their work involves research documentation, teaching, and an outreach program in arthropod biology.
An obvious question arises: how does a museum like this keep track of all their insects, especially when some require special storage conditions? Their facility houses an impressive pinned collection of insects as well as a large library of microscope slides kept in insect drawers and fluid collections stored in jars. They also preserve specimens in envelops and Riker mount displays.