September 18, 2020
The museum's invertebrate collection recently increased by nearly 3,000 expertly identified bees and beetles (and a few wasps, flies, and true bugs) thanks to generous donations from VMNH Research Associate Dr. Art Evans and Virginia Tech graduate student Robert Ostrom!
The donated materials represent 396 different species, chiefly of Virginia origin. Donations such as these not only contribute specimens to our growing collection, but represent an invaluable resource to studying the ever-changing biodiversity of the Commonwealth. Such collections can also provide data for future research using new analytical methods and technologies, allowing scientists to study them in ways not yet conceived.