Spring 2021
A robberfly (Asilidae sp.); all photography by Jolanda Huisman

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and more

An insider’s tour of the University of Minnesota’s Insect Collection

Room 311 in Hodson Hall on the St. Paul campus is bugged. It isn’t infested with covert surveillance devices. Rather, it’s home to the University of Minnesota Insect Collection in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. With more than 4 million specimens representing more than 53,000 species, it’s one of the premier university-affiliated collections in the United States. Gifts from donors have helped expand its holdings during its more than 140-year history. Here are a few examples of what it contains and how it’s helping us understand ways Minnesota's ecosystem is changing.