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© 2001 The Field Museum, Neg. # Z94347c, Photographer: Mark Widhalm
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To learn more about biodiversity research, the Pritzker DNA Laboratory, and the insect and arthropod collections at The Field Museum, check out the following online resources.


For Adults and Families

Field Museum Division of Insects, Arachnids, and Myriopods
The Division of Insects is the largest of the Zoology Department's six divisions, covering insects, arachnids (spiders and their relatives), and myriapods (millipedes, centipedes and their relatives). Our curators and collection management staff work together closely to maintain a world-class collection of more than 12 million  specimens, over half the Museum's holdings.

The Insects, Arachnids, and Myriopods Collections Database
Browse through The Field Museum's Division of Insects' collection of arthropods (excluding crustaceans), which ranks fifth in overall size among North American collections.

The Moreau Lab
Learn more about Dr. Moreau's research lab and their focus on the origin and evolution of ants. In particular, she and her team are studying how biogeography, climate change and invasive ants have and will continue to affect the evolutionary processes that generate and sustain high biological diversity in tropical rainforests.

The Division of Insects Brochure
Discover more about research and collections, outreach and education, accessions and loans, and volunteering in The Field Museum's Division of Insects throught this downloable PDF brochure.

The Division of Insects Poster
Download a poster featuring photos and fun facts about The Field Museum's Division of Insects.

The Pritzker Laboratory
The Pritzker Laboratory for molecular systematics and evolution is a non-departmental, multi-user core facility dedicated to genetic analysis and preservation of the world's biodiversity.

The Biodiversity and Conservation Website
Explores the fragile web of life we call "biodiversity" and examine the causes and possible solutions to some of the environmental problems that plague our planet.

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
Search the EOL database that works to accumulate all existing knowledge about the world's biodiversity through thousands of species pages that include text, images, maps, and videos.

Especially for Children

Underground Adventure
Kids can take a virtual tour of The Field Museum's Underground Adventure exhibition and design and conduct their own soil experiments to learn what life is like for the tiniest ecosystems underground.


Alexander Wild Photography
Browse through amazing photos and information about ants and other insects. Alex is a biologist at the University of Illinois where he studies the evolutionary history of various groups of insects.

Ant Web
Check out the world's largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants.

Ant Blog
Got questions about ants? Send 'em to the ant blog and get answers from our experts!

Global Ant Project
For more ant resources and tools, check out the website created by a global community of ant scientists (myrmecologists) working to foster the study of ants around the world.