The Field Museum's Lepidoptera collection contains worldwide holdings of macrolepidoptera, both butterflies and moths. The single largest element is the worldwide Herman Strecker Collection of nearly 50,000 specimens, built up in the late 19th century and including over 450 types of species or subspecies described by Strecker or others. At the time of Strecker's death in 1901, his collection was the largest and most important private collection of butterflies and moths in the New World. Other strengths of the collection as a whole are North American Lepidoptera (about 75% of named species of Macrolepidoptera) and European moths.
With support from NSF (DEB-8814449), the Strecker Collection specimens were individually databased and labeled under the supervision of Dr. John Rawlins (Carnegie Museum) in preparation for integrating that previously separate collection with the rest of the Lepidoptera collection (by species). Beginning with later NSF support (DEB-9527968) and continuing to the present, the collection has been inventoried and curated at the species level. Integration of the Strecker and several smaller collections with the main collection was completed along with moving and rehousing the entire Lepidoptera collection in new cabinets. The Strecker collection specimen data and comprehensive inventory data are both presented here. Indications of type status should be regarded as preliminary, since they are generally based only on the presence of type labels; the main exception to this is the Strecker types of Catocala species (Noctuidae), a catalog of which was published in 1990 (Gall, L. F. & D. C. Hawks. Systematics of Catocala moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). I. Type material in the Strecker collection, with lectotype designations. - Fieldiana (Zoology n.s.) 59: 1-16). Users should note that the "Str-" numbers used for collecting sites and events for the Strecker specimens are merely database reference numbers; they have no historical significance and are not present on the specimen labels.
As with all our initial data in EMu, conversion of Insects' Lepidoptera data to KE EMu was partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services' support for Common Ground, IMLS CM-00-05-0050-05.
Searches are automatically performed as whole-word wildcard searches, i.e., entering Chyromya in the Scientific Name field will find all species (and undetermined material) of that genus. The scientific name of partly-identified material is the lowest taxon to which it is identified. Entering a subgeneric name alone will find all taxa in that subgenus if the subgeneric name has been entered in our database; if you don't find something that way, try using the appropriate generic name. Partial words may be entered using an asterisk (*) for a wildcard. If you choose to enter more than one term in a field, only records with both terms will be returned. Searches will take more time with wildcards (*) in conjunction with partial words. Results are sorted by Scientific Name, but if there are more than 5000 records in the result set, they will be unsorted. If you choose to enter more than one term in a field, only records with both terms will be returned. The vast majority of records will not have images.
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