Canadian National Collection

The Canadian National Collection (CNC) of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes is considered one of the best collections of its kind in the world in terms of size, species representation, and level of curation. It is maintained and developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as part of its systematics research program.

K.W. Neatby Bldg It is housed in the K.W. Neatby Building in Ottawa
photo of cabinets The collection is estimated to contain approximately 16 million specimens systematically arranged in 1400 steel cabinets
photo of drawer of insects Specimens are stored mostly as dry-mounted pinned specimens
photo of insects stored in freezers However, certain groups (e.g. larvae, aquatic insects, spiders, mites, aphids, midges, fleas, etc) are stored in two different ways. The first is in liquid preservative in cold storage, such as room freezers (temporary)
photo of vials containing ethanol or walk-in freezers (more permanent), organized in metal cabinets.
photo of aphid slide collection The second method of storage is mounting on slides.

The majority of specimens are from localities throughout Canada and North America, but significant holdings are present from other biogeographic regions.

Content contributed by Jeff Skevington

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