The Invertebrate Zoology collection at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) originated as a teaching resource for an entomology class in the 1950s. The collection expanded significantly in 1960 when Dr. Adrian Wenner contributed his personal collection to enhance its diversity. Currently, the collection boasts over 40,000 arthropod specimens, predominantly insects, with a focus on those found in California. A particular emphasis is placed on the order Hymenoptera order, especially bees. Growth of the collection is sustained through student donations from class projects, UCSB faculty research, contributions from the UCSB Natural Reserve System, and research carried out at the UCSB Cheadle Center.

Close up image of a green bee

Citing this Collection

The Invertebrate Zoology Collections and their data can be accessed through the Ecdysis Symbiota portal, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and iDigBio. If utilizing the data from the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration please cite the source of the data using the citation below and also include the GBIF download citation when applicable


UC Santa Barbara Invertebrate Zoology Collection. Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, University of California, Santa Barbara. Accessed on [todays date] Occurrence dataset (ID: b03a3f0c-bfa5-4e02-b5d3-56ff38626302)

Three blue beetles on a wood mounting board
yellow butterfly