• AJ Cook Arthropod Research Collection part of $3.2 million effort to digitize Lepidoptera specimens

    Posted on November 2, 2016 4:29pm

    The National Science Foundation is funding a $3.2 million effort to digitize millions of butterfly and moth specimens within the Lepidoptera of the North American Network. The grant was awarded to 27 U.S. institutes including the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (ARC) at MSU.

  • Online holdings of the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection have been updated

    Posted on February 19, 2016 4:38pm

    An updated database of insect specimens in the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection is now live at Symbiota Collection of Arthropods Network.

  • ARC gets new drawer imaging system

    Installing and getting the “bugs” out of the new robot camera system.

    Posted on July 28, 2015 11:29am

    The long awaited camera robot recently arrived at the ARC in December 2014. This custom manufactured robot was specifically designed to image drawers of insect specimens as part of a NSF grant (EF1114856) to digitize millions of insect among several US universities. Approximately 50 sections of a drawer are imaged and these sections are stitched together to produce one large image (>20 mb). The fine resolution allows for detailed examination of the specimens.


  • Mogens Nielsen Lepidoptera Collection

    Mo Nielsen in U.P. bog.

    Posted on July 28, 2015 10:41am

    Mogen Nielsen’s private Lepidoptera collection came to the ARC on April 2, 2014. As of July 2015, 13,173 of Mo’s specimens have been transferred to standard ARC storage, nomenclature has been verified and updated for 1,800 species, and 5,000 specimens have been databased. Complete curation of the Mo’s collection is anticipated by the end of 2015.


  • New Collembola Collection Room

    Snider’s slide collection.

    Posted on July 28, 2015 9:28am

    In April and May of 2015, Room 443 in the Natural Science Building was converted and added to the museum space to house the Collembola collections of Dr. Richard Snider and Kenneth Christiansen. Together, these collections comprise one of the most significant collections of North American Collembola species anywhere.

  • Eric Metzler completes White Sands/Carlsbad Caverns Lepidoptera Surveys

    Eric Metzler.

    Posted on September 23, 2014 3:54pm

    In 2012, Eric Metzler, Adjunct Curator in the ARC, completed a volunteer study begun in 2007 that was supported by the National Park Service to sample moths from Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Eric ran UV light traps in various habitats and locations yearly to sample the Lepidoptera in those areas. Thousands of specimens and hundreds of species were collected, identified and recorded. Several new species of moths were discovered and described, and many other species displayed pale or light colored-forms that were endemic to the light-colored sand habitats in study areas

  • MSU recognizes six CANR faculty and staff members for excellence

    Posted on February 12, 2014 12:49pm

    Three faculty members and three staff members from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were honored for their outstanding contributions to education and research at the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Feb. 11.

    MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon congratulated the honorees at the ceremony and saluted their contributions to the university’s excellence during a ceremony held at the Wharton Center.

  • Ed Voss Collection of Lepidoptera donated to ARC

    Mo Nielsen working on Ed Voss collection, 2012

    Posted on August 15, 2012 4:55pm

    Although Ed Voss was most noted for his work as a botanist, he also was an avid butterfly and moth collector, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. His collection was bequeathed to the ARC. ARC personnel recently drove north to the family cottage at Mackinaw City to pick up this collection and bring it to the ARC.


  • Les Drew Spider Collection acquired by ARC

    Posted on June 29, 2012 12:05pm

    In March of 2013, Dr. Richard Snider was contacted by Mrs. Norma Drew, regarding her late husband’s spider collection. 


  • Kenneth Christiansen Collembola Collection now part of the ARC

    Posted on May 30, 2011 12:11pm

    Through the efforts of Dr. Richard Snider, arrangements had been made to bring the Ken Christiansen Collembola Collection to MSU upon Ken’s retirement from Grinnell College in Iowa. 


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