by Y. Bousquet

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The Coleoptera collection contains over 2.3 million specimens housed in more than 5600 drawers, making it one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Over 85% of the collection is curated at the generic level and a large portion is curated at the specific level. Nearly 1800 primary types reside in the Coleoptera collection.

Although most specimens are from the Nearctic region, coverage is worldwide. Families that are particularly well represented include the Alleculidae, Buprestidae, Carabidae, Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Dytiscidae, Elateridae, Hydrophilidae, Scarabaeidae, Scolytidae, and Staphylinidae. In addition, the beetle collection contains one of the best larval collections in the world with about ten thousand vials.


Bouchard, P. Scientist (weevils) & Unit Curator of Coleoptera
Bousquet, Y. Scientist (ground beetles)
Brunke, A. Post Doctoral Scientist (rove beetles)
Douglas, H. Scientist (leaf beetles and click beetles)
Gill, B. CFIA Biologist (scarab beetles)
Grebennikov, V. CFIA Biologist (various beetles)

Davies, A. Technician (rove beetles) & Assistant Unit Curator of Coleoptera
Savard, K. Technician
Zmudzinska, A. Technician (ground beetles)

Smetana, A. Honorary Research Associate (rove beetles)

Staff Photos


Assessment of Ground Beetle Species Diversity in the Mixedwood Plains Ecozone
Coleopterists Society (An international society devoted to the study of beetles)

Hardcopy Coleoptera Publications

Beetles Associated With Stored Products In Canada: An Identification Guide
Checklist of Beetles of Canada and Alaska
Canadian Beetles (Coleoptera)
The Insects and Arachnids of Canada (Handbook Series)
     Part 2 - The Bark Beetles of Canada and Alaska (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)
     Part 13 - The Carrion Beetles of Canada and Alaska - Coleoptera: Silphidae and Agyrtidae
     Part 15 - The Metallic Wood-boring Beetles of Canada and Alaska (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)
     Part 21 - The Weevils of Canada and Alaska: Volume 1 (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea, excluding Scolyidae and Curculionidae)

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