Lepidoptera Type Collection

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There are over 4,000 butterfly and moth types at the Museum of Natural History. A type specimen is the specimen or a set of specimens which were used when a species was named and described. These are often the most scientifically valuable specimens of Natural History collections and are studied by researchers from all over the world.

Read about imaging the Lepidopetra Type Collection

Find out about the "Lost Types" being discovered in the Lepidoptera Project

Explore the Lepidoptera type collection by searching for "Lepidoptera" in the basic search or using the advanced search and selecting Life Collection from the drop down menu and Order = "Lepidoptera".

 

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