About the UW Insect Museum

The University of Wyoming Insect Museum is the only research collection of insects in the state of Wyoming. Present holdings are estimated at more than a quarter of a million specimens. It is an important regional resource, as well as a collection of national and international significance. The importance of the U.W. Insect Museum can be measured by several parameters including the uniqueness and historical significance of its holdings, visitor use of the collections, loans to specialists, and contributions to faculty and student research projects. Records of loans to researchers indicates that utilization of the collection has been substantial, both in terms of annual loans and numbers of specimens. Most of these studies result in publications, demonstrating the scientific importance of the collection. As a repository for reference material of state insects, the U.W. Insect Museum is a critical resource supporting state extension programs. Vistor records demonstrate that public interest in the Insect Gallery is increasing steadily each year since 1989. More than 1,300 people visited the Insect Gallery during 1996, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down.