HALLOWELL, Maine — The University of Maine insect collection was donated to the Maine State Museum on Sept. 6. It will be held at the museum’s collections storage facility, 10 Water St. in Hallowell.
The university’s priceless and irreplaceable insect collection containing more than 107,000 specimens was moved to the climate-controlled collections storage facility where it will become a permanent part of the museum’s natural science collection.
Due to lack of resources, the collection, stored in the attic of the Orono campus’ Child Development Building, was in danger of being damaged and was not accessible for use. Its donation to the Maine State Museum means it will be preserved for research and exhibition.
The collection complements the state’s existing collection of more than 60,000 specimens actively used for identification and research by the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The UM collection contains significant historical and donated collections, including such items as a collection of rare, tropical butterflies. Some items were collected in the 1800s. The collection will be stored in 29 cabinets, also donated to the museum by the University of Maine, holding more than 500 drawers of insects.
The Maine State Museum collections storage facility is located behind the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery building at 10 Water St., Hallowell.