The Arthropod Museum at the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science, New Mexico State University, began as a small accumulation of insects assembled from specimens left over from the days when a collection of arthropods was kept at the then Department of Botany and Entomology. More specimens were added from identifications made for New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service and voucher specimens from student and faculty research. The Arthropod Museum is a member of the Center for Natural History Collections (CNHC) at NMSU.
The first curator was Carol Sutherland of Cooperative Extension. She pulled the various specimens together during the 1980s and when she left to become Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Entomology and Nursery Production at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the collection had expanded to over 25,000 pinned specimens. David Richman then became curator and he and Dr. Sutherland agreed to transfer the NMDA collection over to the EPPWS collection, which was now being called the Arthropod Museum. Upon the retirement of David Richman in April of 2011, Scott Bundy became director of the museum. It is our long-term hope that the Arthropod Museum, as a member of the CNHC, will eventually serve as the invertebrate portion of a unified natural science museum on campus.
The additions of the private collections shown below, along with more vouchers and trades, has allowed the collection to grow to approximately 150,000 research and 5,000 teaching specimens. This collection is currently housed in W-168 of the Skeen Hall.
Floyd Werner collection of Southwest Meloidae (Coleoptera)
David Richman collection of Aracnida, especially Salticidae (Araneae)
New Mexico grasshopper manual collection (Othroptera: Acrididae)
Grant Kinzer Ponderosa Pine insects and other conifer insects collection**
Carol Sutherland leafhopper collection (Homoptera: Cicadellidae)
James Cokendolpher collection of cave arthropods from New Mexico
Search through over 34,000 databased records, or search other collections in The Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network, a collaborative network that is specific to arthropods of the Southwest region. Close to 10,000 of these records are also available on the web pages of the New Mexico Biodiversity Collections Consortium and at the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in Copenhagen, Denmark.