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The University of Wisconsin-Entomology Department's impressive Insect Research Collection (IRC) represents close to 70 years of work by professional and amateur entomologists in Wisconsin. The Collection "contains about one million pinned and preserved insects with primary geographic emphasis on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region." The primary orders represented in the IRC are Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Diptera. Through outreach, the Entomology Department is hoping to generate a "greater visibility of the collection and stimulate loan activity by the systematics community." Qualified specialists with institutional associations are generally eligible for loans from the IRC for up to four years. The website contains links to IRC listings as well as concise sections that address the IRC history, organizational structure, collection description, future goals, acquisition policy, and more.
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