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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, and is housed in the K.W. Neatby Building in Ottawa (Figure 1). The collection is estimated to contain approximately 17 million specimens systematically arranged in over 1500 steel cabinets (Figure 2). Specimens are stored mostly as dry-mounted pinned specimens (Figure 3), but certain groups (e.g. larvae, aquatic insects, spiders, mites, aphids, midges, fleas, etc) are stored in liquid preservative (Figure 4) or mounted on slides (Figure 5). About 1 million of the specimens have been databased.

History of CNC
Role and Uses
Collection Management
CNC Specimen Database

Curatorial Units

Arachnida (Mites, Ticks, Spiders)
Coleoptera (Beetles)
Diptera (Flies)
Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Hymenoptera (Sawflies, Parasitic Wasps, Ants, Wasps, Bees)
Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Moths)
Miscellaneous Insect Orders
Nematoda (Roundworms)


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