Banner introducing the Insect Collection

Founded in 1863, the University of Guelph Insect Collection is the oldest insect collection in Canada.


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The Research

Material from the collection is usually found under the acronym “DEBU” in published papers.


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The Collection

Holding approximately 4 million specimens, the OAC Insect Collection is Canada’s fourth largest insect collection. Containing a significant collection of flies (Diptera) from the New World, and many specimens from extirpated species. The OAC Insect Collection prioritizes collaboration and is heavily involved with research projects with other institutions to support entomological research.



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Behind the Scenes