The University of Arizona’s Insect Collection is a UA core facility that is the cornerstone for entomological research and insect diagnostics in the Arizona. The UAIC maintains approximately 2.0 million insect specimens and is the most comprehensive in the world for the Sonoran Desert Region. Many holdings are encountered in agricultural or urban environments, of which some are actual or potential pests or vectors of disease. Specimens of these species have been authoritatively identified by leading researchers from around the world making the UAIC the most complete, modern, and well-curated source of research specimens, and an essential resource for scientists conducting basic and applied entomological research in this biologically rich region.
We are located on the 4th floor of the Forbes Building near the center of the University campus. The collection is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, however we encourage you to contact us before you visit to make sure someone will be available to help you with your questions.