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Officially known as the University of Central Florida Collection of Arthropods (UCFC), our collection was founded by Stuart M. Fullerton in 1993, who possessed a lifelong passion for entomology.

UCFC possesses one of the largest completely databased collections in the world with over 560,000 specimen records for insects and other arthropods with more being added daily. Check out the Database and see what entomological wonders reside within Central Florida! We especially pride ourselves on our Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) and Coleoptera (beetles) holdings.

Recent Posts

Cool finding by our tech, Brian Silverman

Bilateral gynandromorphy is a condition in which an organism develops the sexual characteristics of both sexes. This typically occurs as an early female zygote loses an X chromosome during mitotic division. The portion that remains XX develops female characteristics while the portion that is now XO develops male characteristics (Le & Rizk, 2012). This occurs in arthropods and occasionally in birds as well. This European Earwig (Forficula auricularia Linnaeus) was found in Stanislaus County, California. The “male” portion of the forceps is large and curved while the “female” portion is short and straight.

 

Read more about bilateral gynandromorphy in butterflies and chickens!

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