Important Delphacid institutional collections

This is a list of the most important Institutional collections of New World delphacid specimens (in alphabetical order).  It is not exhaustive, but contains only those institutions that contain the largest holdings, and particularly those with substantive type material.  For information on other collections, try Biodiversity Collections Index.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Entomology Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Telephone: (212) 769-5601
Fax: (212) 769-5277

Contact: Randall T. Schuh  (Toby)
(212) 769-5610

Notes: Collection includes most of Linnavuori’s specimens; 57 type specimens, mostly African material described by Linnavuori, Fennah and Asche.
Types databased online, includes photo!

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street,
Honolulu, Hawai’i   96817
Phone: 808.847.3511
Fax: 808.841.8968

Contact: Shepherd P. Myers
Entomology Collections Manager
phone:  (via main switchboard): (808) 847-3511
fax: 808-847-8252

Notes:  Includes many type specimens of Muir and Kirkaldy (South America and Australia).
Type specimen database

California Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum(CASC)
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco Ca 94118
CASC Entomology Research website

Norman D. Penny, Ph.D.
Senior Collections Manager
(415) 379-5320,

Notes: The collection of David Crawford (from Pomona College) resides primarily at CASC, including the type specimens (which have not been included on the type specimen database).  Includes specimens from  Fisher’s ongoing survey of Madagascar.  The type specimen database includes 48 delphacid type specimens.   The delphacid collection has been inventoried and can be explored on their online database.


California State Collection of Arthropods

CDFA-Plant Pest Diagnostics
3294 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832

fax: 916-262-1190

Collection Manager: Jackie Kishmirian, Collections Manager
phone: 916-262-1160


Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes (CNCI)
Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
K.W. Neatby Building
CEF  Ottawa, Ontario

Contact: Dr. K.G.A. Hamilton (Andy)
Telephone: 613-759-1835
Fax: 613-759-1927

Comments:  Includes the collections of G. Scudder and H. H. Ross.


Essig Museum of Entomology

211 Wellman Hall #3112
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3112

Contact: Cheryl B. Barr
Museum Scientist/Collection Manager
(510) 643-0804


Florida State Collection of Arthropods  (FCSA)
1911 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-1268
(352) 372 – 3505

Contact: Susan E. Halbert
Phone: 352-372-3505 x 185
Fax: 352-334-0737

Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)
1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6880
Fax: (217) 333-4949
Contact: Dr. Paul Tinerella
Phone: 217-244-2149

Notes:  In addition to very good holdings from the Midwest, this collection has a fine collection of Auchenorrhyncha from Kyrgystan from research conducted by Dr. Chris Dietrich.

North Carolina State University Insect Museum (NCSU)
Department of Entomology
Box 7613, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613 USA

Contact: Bob Blinn
Phone: 919 515 3595
Fax: 919 515 7746

Notes: Includes the Z. P. Metcalf collection.  Collection contents available in searchable database.  Primary types on indefinite loan to USNM.  The Z. P. Metcalf literature collection is also housed at NCSU.

Ohio State University – The C. A. Triplehorn Insect Collection (OSUC)Department of Entomology
Museum of Biological Diversity
1315 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212-1192
Contact: Creighton Freeman (

Website suggested contact: Norman Johnson
phone: (614) 292-6595
fax: (614) 292-7774

Notes:  Online database lists 14 primary types, listing available in searchable database (under Araeopidae, instead of Delphacidae).


The Museum of Natural History (BMNH)
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London  SW7 5BD UK

Contact: Mr. Mick Webb
Phone (department); +44 (0) 20 7942 5000

Note:  Perhaps the largest collection of Delphacidae worldwide.  Importantly, it includes the collections of R. G. Fennah.


The U.S. National Entomological Collection (USNM)
National Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 37012
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Contact: Stuart McKamey, Research Entomologist
Systematic Entomology Laboratory,
Plant Sciences Institute, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
c/o National Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 37012
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 382-1779
Fax: (202) 786-9422

Notes: Collection includes many of Caldwell’s types.  Collection includes types formerly at Iowa State and North Carolina State University types are on indefinite loan to USNM.
University of Kansas Natural History Museum (Snow Entomological Museum)
Division of Entomology
Snow Entomological Collection
1501 Crestline Drive, Suite #140
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66049-2811, USA

Contacts: Zachary Falin (  phone: 785-864-3034
Jennifer  Thomas (; phone: 785-864-2234
Fax: 785-864-5260

Notes: This collection includes Raymond H. Beamer’s collection of Auchenorrnyncha, including his types.  Raymond Beamer described a large number of delphacid species from the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s.

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