The University of Guelph Insect Collection houses numerous voucher specimens from ecological and ethological studies, from both students and researchers. It is strongly suggested that anyone undertaking or completing research in these fields deposits specimens at an established insect collection, as these are the means for other researchers to verify the study’s findings.
It is expected that all graduate students in entomology at the University of Guelph ensure that appropriate vouchers are deposited at the University of Guelph Insect Collection. The material should be properly mounted and labelled, in accordance with the collections standards, and has been clearly identified. Specimens will be given a unique specimen identifier indicating that it is a study voucher, which can be cited in any published works. The curatorial staff is always open to discuss the importance of these vouchers, proper preparation, and labeling standards, along with establishing the best voucher practice for a given study.