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University of Kentucky Insect Collection (KY-UKIC)

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The University of Kentucky Insect Collection is composed of two major collections. The primary UK collection had its beginning in 1889 under the newly formed Entomology Department’s chair, Harrison H Garman. Charles Covelle of the University of Louisville facilitated donating their collection to UK; the transfer was completed in 2003. In 2010, the combined collection was moved into its current location in the Dimock building on the UK main campus. The collection is housed in compactors and consists of somewhere between ½ and 1 million pinned specimens in 1,868 drawers. Major strengths include leafhoppers (>250 drawers) and Lepidoptera (730 drawers) where taxonomists Paul Freytag (UK, leafhoppers) and Charles Covelle, Jr. (U of L, Lepidoptera) spent their careers studying these groups. The collection is Kentucky-centric, but has specimens from all over the US, and more exotic locations in Central and South America (Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela), Asia (Japan, Phillipines, Thailand) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia). There is also a more modest collection of ethanol-preserved specimens.

Contacts: Julian Dupuis,
Contacts: Eric Chapman,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 372e74b0-eda6-4818-ba6f-d5a0db5f21a8
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Kentucky
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Cite this collection:
University of Kentucky Insect Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 372e74b0-eda6-4818-ba6f-d5a0db5f21a8) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-21).
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY   
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 72,064 specimen records
  • 70,756 (98%) georeferenced
  • 61,344 (85%) with images (62,768 total images)
  • 39,539 (55%) identified to species
  • 121 families
  • 1,097 genera
  • 2,227 species
  • 2,275 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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