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Luther Entomological Research Collection (LCDI-LERC)

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The Luther entomological research collection, one of the collections of the Hoslett Museum of Natural History at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, is an important repository of Northeast Iowa insect biodiversity and includes many state record specimens (insect species not previously found in Iowa) not found in the Iowa State University insect collection. The LERC has a unique role specializing in the documentation of insect biodiversity of the driftless region in NE Iowa, SE Minnesota, and SW Wisconsin.

Contacts: Kirk Larsen,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 0a2d1691-227d-402d-82e0-47cdfd569a6f
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Luther College
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Cite this collection:
Luther Entomological Research Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 0a2d1691-227d-402d-82e0-47cdfd569a6f) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-03-01).
Collection Statistics
  • 12,708 specimen records
  • 9,728 (77%) georeferenced
  • 815 (6%) with images (2,862 total images)
  • 7,889 (62%) identified to species
  • 301 families
  • 692 genera
  • 1,367 species
  • 1,365 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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