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Bhutanitis lidderdalii.
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (René Limoges)

Would you like to donate a specimen or nest to the Insectarium?

Were you thinking about donating a splendid living or dead specimen you found in the garden, or the enormous wasp’s nest you found in the attic to the Insectarium? Were you wondering if your find is rare and exceptional, perhaps even from another country? It’s possible. However, in most cases, we accept only the prettiest or largest species of insects from Québec.

What to do with your discovery

  1. Try to identify your specimen by consulting the Insects and other arthropods section. If you are unsuccessful, you can submit a request for identification to the Entomological Information Service.
  2. A picture is worth a thousand words! Photographiing insects is a great way to appreciate them without removing them from their natural habitat. As well, your image will help our personnel answer your questions if you submit a request for identification.
  3. You have a live specimen native to Québec: It is preferable to leave it in its natural habitat, where it can complete its life cycle, contribute to maintaining its population and play its vital ecological role.
  4. You have a live specimen of an exotic species: Take a picture of the insect and place it in the freezer in order to kill and preserve it. Then submit a request for identification to the Entomological Information Service.
  5. You have a dead specimen you wish to preserve: Consult the Preserving specimens section.

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