Collections

Insects in the Hallway

Located in the second-floor hallway of Fernald Hall, the Insects in the Hallway display showcases the enormous diversity of insects to the public. A separate display shows a wide range of locally-collected Massachusetts species.

Read The Massachusetts Daily Collegian's article about the Fernald Hall insect collections.

Live Insect Zoo

The Fernald Club Insect Zoo is located in the second-floor hallway of Fernald Hall, opposite the Insects in the Hallway display. We maintain a variety of live insects and arachnids for use in educational outreach, and also because they're lots of fun!

May 2022: The Insect Zoo currently has hissing cockroaches, discoid cockroaches, stick insects, death-feigning desert beetles, and dragonfly nymphs. We also have some non-insect inhabitants: land hermit crabs! Look for more new additions to the collection soon!

Want to handle our live insects? Contact us at fernaldclubumass@gmail.com to set up an insect-handling session.

May 2022: We currently have an excess of hissing cockroaches and discoid cockraoches, so we are giving some away to anyone who is interested! Contact us at fernaldclubumass@gmail.com if you would like to arrange a roach adoption.

Insect Museum

The Insect Museum is UMass Amherst's scientific insect collection, comprising over 100,000 specimens across the insect orders. It includes both Amherst-area insects and exotic species from around the world, and includes many historic specimens from the early 1900s.

Contact us at fernaldclubumass@gmail.com if you are interested in an educational viewing of the collection or want to learn more about it.