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Databases

Although the Insect Division has something on the order of 3.5 million specimens in all of our collections, we have only a small part catalogued in databases. Our collection objects are catalogued in Specify, which is used by all of the biological museums at the University of Michigan. As of the summer of 2016, approximately 10% of our holdings are catalogued.  All of the North American Odonata specimens are catalogued, some of the Lepidoptera, about one-third of the Orthoptera, most of our aquatic orders, and small parts of the rest of the collection.  Additional digitization efforts in TCN participation and ad-hoc cataloguing are underway. Most of our field notes and related materials have been digitized and will soon be available on the web.

The Michigan Odonata Survey has databased all of the Michigan Odonata in the UMMZ, as well as parts of the Michigan State University collection as well as some other small collections. At over 29,000 records, it is one of the largest specimen-level Odonata databases available on the web.  All records are geo-referenced.