The University of Guelph Insect Collection can be found in the Edmund C. Bovey Building, located on the northwest corner of Gordon Street and South Ring Road (see Google Maps). At the present time, the collection is closed to visitors due to COVID restrictions.
Please contact either the collection director or curator with inquiries about our holdings or requests for loans.
University of Guelph Insect Collection
School Of Environmental Sciences (Bovey Building)
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
519-824-4120 ext. 52582 (Insect Collection/Dr. Steve Paiero)
Insect Identification Assistance:
Personnel associated with the Insect Collection have been very active in providing insect identification resources including books, papers and interactive online guides in the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (CJAI). We do not provide a formal identification service, but we often offer casual help with requests to identify insects that have been found in and around homes and businesses, and colleagues from the University of Guelph and other institutions frequently use the specimens in the Collection to help with species identifications. Please, before contacting us, consider using online resources, such as Bugguide.net, CJAI, or field guides before contacting us. For formal identification requests, especially for insect species not easily identified with resources such as CJAI or BugGuide.net, we suggest the National Identification Service.
Inquiries on the Asian Giant Hornet
For concerns or inquiries about Asian Giant Hornets in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Government page here, which details how to report potential occurrences in Ontario. We are assisting OMAFRA with the identifications, but submissions should be made through their portal.