The Entomology Department at the National Museum of Natural History houses over 35 million specimens, making it one of the largest entomological collections in the world. These specimens and their data are used in original scientific research on the nature, inter-relationships, origin, and evolution of insects and their allies. The collections also house a large number of medically and agriculturally significant species which are important in identifying insect pests.
Our mission is three-fold: 1) To describe and understand the evolutionary and ecological diversity of insects and other terrestrial arthropods through global field and laboratory research; 2) To care for and improve the world's largest and most comprehensive terrestrial arthropod collection; and 3) To make these discoveries known via scholarly and popular publication, databases of systematic and collection information, training at the intern, graduate and post graduate level, lectures, teaching and consulting, and through museum exhibits.
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