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.
Collection Areas & Database
Research, Projects & Fieldwork
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