Overhead view of open entomology or insect collection drawers with two people looking at them


KU Entomology conducts research, research training and graduate education on the world's insects — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomic, morphology, conservation, ecology and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of almost 5 million specimens and their associated data.


Entomology research uses collection-based studies, genomic data, and morphology, researchers seek to understand global insect diversity, biology, and evolutionary history. Current entomology research centers on Beetles (Coleoptera) and Bees & Wasps (Hymenoptera).



The KU Entomology collections are estimated to contain over 4.9 million pinned and labeled specimens, in addition to preserved and slide specimens. Strengths include bees, aquatic beetles, and Midwestern, Mexican, and tropical insects.

Wasp in profile