FACILITIES

PINNED COLLECTION

The FSCA currently houses more than 8.5 million pinned/dried prepared specimens in 22,000 drawers. These specimens are split between the two main collection rooms in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS – DPI) Doyle Conner building.  Almost 2 million pinned moths and butterflies of the FSCA are jointly housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

SLIDE COLLECTION

In total, we have approximately 850,000 slides stored in almost 10,000 boxes. These slides fill three collection rooms in the Doyle Conner Building. Two of these rooms have been added in the last decade due to the rapid growth of this agriculturally important collection.    

ALCOHOL COLLECTION

The new FDACS – DPI Woodruff-Weems Special Collections Building houses over 2 million curated specimens stored in ethanol and isopropanol. There are an additional 60,000 bulk samples from decades of trapping efforts around the world.  The FSCA has one of the largest aquatic insect collections in the world.  This curated collection is currently housed and maintained by researchers at Florida A&M University.

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