The Academy holds one of the four largest entomology collections in North America, containing approximately 10 million curated specimens representing all orders, nearly all families, and approximately 250,000 species of insects, myriapods, and arachnids. Meet the researchers, explore projects and expeditions, and more.
The China Natural History Project is a three-way collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), and the Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ). Throughout the years, the incredible biodiversity of the Gaoligong Shan region has brought Academy biologists from many disciplines to study its flora and fauna. Along with their Chinese colleagues, entomologists Dave Kavanaugh and Charles Griswold have studied the area’s beetles and spiders, respectively. Additionally, botanist Peter Fritsch has explored the region's parasitic plants and wintergreen species.