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William F. Barr Entomological Museum (UI-WFBM)

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The University of Idaho’s William F. Barr Entomological Museum is located in the Agriculture building (room 136) at the University of Idaho (Moscow, ID). The museum was initiated in 1946, when taxonomist W.F. Barr (1920-2011) was hired at UI, where he served until retiring in 1982. The collection contains over one million pinned specimens, housed in 142 CAS type cabinets, over 20,000 vials of ethanol-preserved immatures, and a modest collection of slide-mounted mites, Diptera and aphids. The primary geographic focus is the Pacific Northwest region and southern deserts, but also world coverage for Buprestidae and Cleridae, Bill Barr’s specialty families. Other particularly well represented groups are other families of Coleoptera, rangeland grasshoppers, aquatic insects and butterflies. The collection also houses the very large collection of reprints and rare books donated by Melville H. Hatch. The long-serving (1986-2015) curator was Frank Merickel, a position held by Luc Leblanc ( since 2015.

Curator: Luc Leblanc,
Contacts: Stephen Cook,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 7182f3bc-92f7-4b7b-b763-5752dddb2802
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Idaho William F. Barr Entomological Museum
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Cite this collection:
William F. Barr Entomological Museum. Occurrence dataset (ID: 7182f3bc-92f7-4b7b-b763-5752dddb2802) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-25).
Collection Statistics
  • 57,676 specimen records
  • 51,600 (89%) georeferenced
  • 2,057 (4%) with images (2,057 total images)
  • 53,885 (93%) identified to species
  • 88 families
  • 1,024 genera
  • 2,427 species
  • 2,919 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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