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Published: March 7, 2012

New Guide for Common Spiders of the Chicago Region

Rebecca Collings, Conservation Ecologist, Keller Science Action Center

 

The Field Museum's Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) has developed a Rapid Color Guide for Common Spiders of the Chicago Region. The guide and others can be viewed and downloaded for free from The Field Museum's website.

 

The Field Museum's Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) has developed a Rapid Color Guide for Common Spiders of the Chicago Region. The guide and others can be viewed and downloaded for free from The Field Museum's website.


Rebecca Collings

Rebecca is a Chicago native who specializes in the ecology and restoration of Midwestern natural communities and in connecting people to local conservation and stewardship efforts.  At The Field Museum Rebecca teaches plant identification courses for local community groups, leads and participates in volunteer stewardship workdays, and assists partners in developing management plans for their natural areas.  She works to make the museum's collections accessible and relevant to the local conservation community through vplants (www.vplants.org), Keys to Nature (fieldmuseum.org/keystonature/), and rapid color guides.  Additionally, her professional interests include Midwestern flora, native pollinators, and native landscaping. Rebecca has also worked with the Chicago Park District as a Volunteer Stewardship Coordinator and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory as a Field Ecologist.

Fossil Invertebrates Diversity

Arthropod Collections

The Field Museum's Insect Collection contains worldwide collections of Arthropoda (excluding Crustacea) that rank fifth in overall size among North American collections. At present, the collection includes approximately 4.1 million pinned insects and 8 million specimens or lots of insects and other arthropods in alcohol or on microscope slides. The collection receives heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers. Collection data are now available online in KE EMu for many parts of the collection:

Arachnida & Myriapoda Collections

The entire scorpion (Scorpiones) collection has been databased as lots, largely through the efforts of Tom Anton and collection manager Dan Summers. As of February 2008, it consists of close to 1000 lots (mostly single-specimen), including 71 type lots, from 53 different countries, with 11 of the 18 scorpion families represented. The Field Museum's types of spiders (Araneae, ca. 140 lots), daddy-long-legs (Opiliones, ca. 100 lots), and pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpiones, ca. 80 lots), have all been databased. Relatively little non-type material of those orders has been entered so far. 

 

The Division of Insects covers insects, arachnids (spiders and their relatives), and myriapods (millipedes, centipedes and their relatives). Our curators and collection management staff work together closely to maintain a world-class collection of more than 12 million  specimens, over half the Museum's holdings.

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