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About the ODA Insect Museum
The museum has at least 100,000 pinned specimens representing about 6,000 determined species housed in 22 California Academy style 24-drawer cabinets and three 12-drawer cabinets. The remainder of the collection consists of approximately 1,500 alcohol vials and 3,000 slide mounts. Given the limited space and curatorial labor resources, no concerted effort has been made to attain a synoptic collection of the entire insect fauna of Oregon, which would encompass ~ 10,000 species.
Specimens collected in Oregon represent the vast majority of the holdings. Coleoptera, Diptera, and Lepidoptera comprise about 70% of the ODAC. Orthoptera comprise another 10%, primarily from the tireless efforts of Ken Goeden, including an especially well prepared and extensive array of Acrididae. Other taxa with good representations of Oregon species include Buprestidae (~ 90%), Carabidae, Cerambycidae, Curculionidae (including Scolytinae), Elateridae, and Scarabaeidae (Coleoptera); Asilidae (~ 80%), Dolichopodidae, Syrphidae, Tabanidae, and Tephritidae (Diptera); Cicadellidae (Homoptera); Siricidae and Tenthredinidae (Hymenoptera); Geometridae, Noctuidae (~ 600 spp.), and Tortricidae (Lepidoptera); and Odonata. Species associated with hot springs are also well represented, again due to the efforts of Ken Goeden.
The museum has an emphasis on species known or suspected to have agricultural significance, particularly pests. Many specimens have supporting ecological data (this is true of non-economically significant species, as well). As a result of recent targeted surveys, the museum has particularly strong representations of wood-associated insects. A modest reference collection of agriculturally significant species not known from the USA or unrecorded from Oregon is also maintained. The museum serves as a voucher depository for insect biocontrol agents, particularly those used for weed control. Vouchers of exotic species newly detected in Oregon are also retained. Recently, the museum has generated many new records of beetles from Oregon. It has also served as a source of specimens for images for several projects in the regulatory entomology sphere.
The museum is not a type depository, but several series of paratypes have been placed in the collection.
The value and extent of the museum holdings have been greatly enhanced in recent years with determinations by taxonomic specialists who have given freely of their time. For this, we offer our enthusiastic thanks! However, much information on the Oregon insect fauna remains to be gathered, analyzed, and synthesized and expanded use of the museum is strongly encouraged.