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CBC: It might bug you, but University of Manitoba’s insect collection is key to understanding the world

January 5, 2023 — 

As CBC reports:

Some are smaller than a fingernail, others wider than a splayed hand. Some catch the light in an iridescent shimmer while others have long antennae or furry legs.

Most impressive of all: there are close to three million of them.

The University of Manitoba is home to one of largest insect collections in Canada, with the oldest specimen dating back 128 years — just over a decade after the university was founded as the first in western Canada.

The ballpark number of specimens usually cited by the U of M is 2.5 million “but that I think that number has been quoted for years and the collection just keeps growing,” said Jason Gibbs, associate professor in the university’s department of entomology.

Read the full CBC article here.

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