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The Montréal Insectarium.
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

In our Space for Life, through our outreach, conservation, education and research initiatives, we help people enjoy nature to the fullest.

The Insectarium encourages visitors to think more positively about insects and better understand their role in nature and their importance to the planet's ecological balance. Its remarkable collections of live and mounted insects and other arthropods are valuable tools for its research and educational activities.

Scientific Work

  • co-operation with the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle de Paris led to the identification of a new species of scarab beetle (Golofa spatha) that exists only in the entomological collections in Paris and Montréal.
  • a new form of butterfly, described by lepidopterist Gilles Delisle and named brossardi, in tribute to Georges Brossard, founder of the Montréal Insectarium.
  • a new species of scarab beetle, described by Dr Ronald M. Young and named Cyclocephala letiranti in recognition of his long-standing collaboration with Stéphane Le Tirant, assistant entomologist at the Montréal Insectarium.

Museological Expertise

The Montréal Insectarium has contributed its recognized expertise to major projects around the world:

  • the creation of the first insectarium in China, in Shanghai.
  • the creation of a butterfly house in the Adirondacks Park, in the USA.
  • the creation of other planned and completed insectariums around the world, in Hong Kong (China), Taipei (Taiwan) and Newfoundland.
  • butterfly houses at the Children's Museum in Minnesota and the New York Botanical Garden (USA).

National and international co-operation

Over the years, the Montréal Insectarium has established co-operative relations with many different local structures, including university, government and cultural institutions. And its network has grown, becoming national and international in scope. The following list shows a few examples:

Local

  • Université du Québec
  • University of Ottawa
  • Environnement Canada (CITES)
  • Agriculture Canada (region)
  • La Maison des Insectes, Québec City

National

  • Niagara Park Butterfly Conservatory
  • The Provicial Museum of Alberta
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Zoo
  • Vancouver Butterfly World & Garden
  • Vancouver Aquarium and Insect Zoo

International

  • Muséum national d'histoire naturelle de Paris
  • La Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, France
  • Le Vivarium de Paris, France
  • Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute, USA

Media Presence

The Insectarium's expert staff is frequently called upon to speak about various entomology-related matters.

The "Insectia" television series, inspired by Georges Brossard, founder of the Montréal Insectarium, examines the world of insects from different angles. Two 13-episode series, produced in co-operation with the Insectarium, have been broadcast in 150 countries around the world.

Insectarium experts occasionally appear as guests on popular science radio and television programs.

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