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The King of Dinosaurs

Invertebrate Zoology

Internationally recognized research focused on praying mantises and dung beetles
The Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is devoted to the study and curation of its entomology collection (insects) and malacology collection (mollusks including mussels, clams, snails, limpets and other related organisms).

Currently, the Museum’s entomology collection is home to the largest collection of praying mantises (Mantodea) in the Western Hemisphere at more than 14,000 specimens, rivaling the largest collections housed in Europe. Department scientists have built internationally recognized research programs supported by federal funding from the US National Science Foundation.            

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New Research

May 20, 2014 - Press Release
College Student Discovers New “Bush Tiger” African Praying Mantis Species

March 18, 2014 - Press Release
Curator Discovers 19 New Speedy Praying Mantis Species that Hide and Play Dead to Avoid Capture

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio, by Larry Rosche, Judy Semroc and Linda Gilbert, is a comprehensive field guide which includes charts, graphs and maps of all species occurring in Northeast Ohio. Generously illustrated and containing hundreds of stunning digital photographs by internationally acclaimed nature photographers, this field guide is a must for both the enthusiast and wildlife professional. At over 300 pages, the entire life history, from egg to nymph to adult, is discussed in full detail in a precise, easy-to-navigate format. Published by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Learn more and purchase your copy today!