Department of Entomology
Ants, Bees, Wasps & Sawflies
The Hymenoptera Collection consists of about three million specimens including over 15,000 holotypes. More than 7,000 drawers house the pinned specimens and approximately 10,000 glass vials contain the preserved larvae and adults in alcohol.
The collection represents about 15% of the total entomological collections in the department, and is especially rich in Symphyta (sawflies), aculeates, and entomophagous parasites from worldwide locations.
Housed within the Museum of Natural History is the The SI AntLab, a special facility where colonies of ants live and are studied. Specifically, there is an Atta texana leaf-cutter farm that helps scientists study these ants within the museum, rather than travel to South America where the ants are from.