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Mississippi Entomological Museum (MISSA-MEM)

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The Mississippi Entomological Museum is located in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University near Starkville, Mississippi. The Mississippi Entomological Museum was formed in 1979, under the leadership of Dr. William H. Cross, to combine several private and institutional collections that were present in the state. The research collection contains more than 1,300,000 pinned specimens, and more than 35,000 are being added annually. The Mississippi Entomological Museum includes collections, beginning in the late 1800's of H. E. Weed, Henry Dietrich, J. M. Langston, R. W. Harned, Gladys Hoke-Lobdell, E. W. Stafford, M. R. Smith, William H. Cross, Leon W. Hepner, Bryant Mather, and Charles Bryson. Exotic material includes taxa from Central and South America, the Seychelles, New Caledonia, and the Fiji Islands. The MacDonald Collection, emphasizing Lepidoptera of Panama, is housed in the Mississippi Entomological Museum as well as the Ross E. Hutchins collection of photographs, which are primarily of insects and other natural history subjects, and the James Solomon collection of wood damage. More information about the collection is available at For information pertaining to loans, contact the Curator, Terence Schiefer (

Director: JoVonn Hill,
Curator: Terence Schiefer,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 1b57b26a-4210-4480-980d-28d9e0fecbf9
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Mississippi Entomological Museum
GBIF Dataset page:
Cite this collection:
Mississippi Entomological Museum. Occurrence dataset (ID: 1b57b26a-4210-4480-980d-28d9e0fecbf9) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-21).
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Mississippi State University
P.O. Drawer 9775
100 Old Highway 12
Starkville, MS   39762-9775
Collection Statistics
  • 335,395 specimen records
  • 250,189 (75%) georeferenced
  • 5,860 (2%) with images (6,001 total images)
  • 265,075 (79%) identified to species
  • 142 families
  • 2,817 genera
  • 8,450 species
  • 8,720 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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