Essig Museum of Entomology (EMEC-EMEC)

The Essig Museum of Entomology on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley houses an active research collection of over 5,000,000 terrestrial arthropods. From humble beginnings as a teaching collection over a hundred years ago, through exponential growth as the California Insect Survey beginning in 1939, the Essig Museum is now one of the largest and most important university-based research collections of insects in North America. Primarily a collection of specimens from the Western Hemisphere, regional emphasis is on the eastern Pacific Rim, in particular California, Mexico, and Central America, and the islands of the central Pacific.
Contacts: Peter T Oboyski,
Contacts: Kipling Will
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 16 July 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Cite this collection:
Essig Museum of Entomology. Occurrence dataset (ID: ecfa2e89-e803-4cc9-9d7a-c4d01c7f9e65) accessed via the NEON Biorepository Data Portal,, 2024-07-21).
Essig Museum of Entomology Attn Dr. Will Kiplling
University of California
54 Mulford Hall ESPM
Dept.- Organisms & Environment Div., University of California
Berkeley, CA   94720
Collection Statistics
  • 14,479 specimen records
  • 14,469 (100%) georeferenced
  • 30 (0.21%) with images (58 total images)
  • 1,936 BOLD genetic references
  • 45 publication references
  • 13,195 (91%) identified to species
  • 3 families
  • 95 genera
  • 354 species
  • 378 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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