Hasbrouck Insect Collection

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Hasbrouck Insect Collection

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection (ASUHIC) is a vibrant part of the ASU Natural History Collections community, with a diverse array of insect research, learning, and outreach activities.

ASUHIC is led by Nico Franz (curator) and Sangmi Lee (collection manager). Our holdings comprise approximately 1,000,000 insect specimens representing more than 15,000 species, with geographic concentrations in the southwestern United States and New World tropics. The collection is managed to maximize engagement with researchers and the general public. Since 2012 our holdings are being digitized for open access via Ecdysis, a Symbiota portal for live-managed arthropod collections.

Access the ASUHIC On-Line Holdings @ Ecdysis

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To ensure the continued preservation and augmentation of the remarkable existing entomology collection, to facilitate research on the insects, to serve as a resource for education and training, to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility in the public to make our world a better place.

Statement of Purpose

The ASU Insect Collection maintains quality natural history collections to promote its mission through exhibition, research, and education.

History of the Collection

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection began to flourish in the early 1960s under the curatorship of Frank F. Hasbrouck. It was previously known as ASUT for "Tempe". Hasbrouck was joined by other faculty members including Gordon Bender, Gordon Castle, Herbert Stahnke, and above all Mont A. Cazier. Jointly this group of ASU entomologists grew the collection to nearly 700,000 specimens in a span of three decades, with a strong emphasis on documenting the southwestern United States and Sonoran insect fauna.

In 2011 Nico Franz was appointed as the new curator, and in the subsequent year Sangmi Lee was hired as the collection manager. The official collection code was changed to ASUHIC. With new personnel and resources, the collection has been fully reactivated with a diverse program in research, teaching, and outreach to the public.

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