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Dr. Phil Myers Insect Collection

Phil Myers is a retired professor of mammalogy from University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His special areas of interest include small mammal populations in Michigan’s northern lower Peninsula and the effects of climate change on the range of those populations.

A colleague introduced Dr. Myers to the variety and beauty of insects in our area, and he now dedicates many hours to macrophotography of these creatures. He donated his stunning photographs of those insects, with identifying information, to the Discovery Center for unlimited use.

Dr. Myers does much of his field work on both small mammals and insects in the Pigeon River Country State Forest. His family has deep and historic ties to Otsego County.


Beetles (Coleoptera)

Book Lice and Barkflies (Psocoptera)

Bugs (Hemiptera)

Caddisflies (Trichoptera)

Cockroaches (Blattodea)

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)

Earwigs (Dermaptera)

Fishflies and Alderflies (Megaloptera)

Flies (Diptera)

Grasshoppers and Crickets (Orthoptera)

Jumping Bristletails (Microcoryphia)

Lacewings, Antlions, and Mantidflies (Neuroptera)

Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)

Moths and Butterflies (Lepidoptera)

Preying Mantis (Mantodea)

Scorpionflies (Mecoptera)

Silverfish and Firebrats (Zygentoma)

Stick Insects (Phasmida)

Stoneflies (Plecoptera)

Wasps, Bees, and Ants (Hymenoptera)

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