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Division of Insects


In response to the ongoing events associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, suspension of non-essential UMMZ operations has been extended.  This includes access to the collections via scientific visits or outgoing loans.  Please also do not ship any specimens (gifts, exchange, loan returns, etc.) to the museum at this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Insect Collection (UMMZI) endeavors to document Earth’s incredibly diverse world of insects. We actively conduct research, grow the collection, and facilitate entomological research of scientists from our own and other institutions with the goal of discovery and understanding of the organisms that live around us. The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Insect Collection currently houses approximately 4.5 million prepared insect specimens from around the world as well as hundreds of historical field notebooks and audio recordings related to specimens in the collection.

Feature Publications

Dichopetala and new Related North American Genera

The genus Dichopetala Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1878 sensu Rehn and Hebard, 1914 is revised, with the description of 6 new genera and 14 new species.
T. J. Cohn (posthumous), D.R. Swanson, and P. Fontana

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