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.

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UCFC during the pandemic

UCF employees must work remotely in these crazy times, so fortunately we have a large backlog of trap samples from surveys, bioblitzes and ecological projects to sort through, and then pin, label and database the specimens.  There are also many specimens to identify – doing so often leads us to finding new distributions, natural history, and even undescribed species. The current Bug Closet techs (pictured: Alessandra, Vikki, Rachel, and Dylan) are well-trained and experienced, and so reliably able to take their work home with them.

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