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Couple donate $10m bug collection

May 9, 2017

An American couple have  donated their bug collection to Arizona State University.

The collections includes more than a million insects, and is worth an estimated $10m. The bugs come from every continent and corner of the world, gathered over almost six decades.

Nico Franz, an entomologist at ASU, said the O’Brien collection was a goldmine for researchers and would double the university’s current holdings. Every specimen of the collection is worth between $5 to $300, depending on its rarity, and about 1,000 of the O’Briens’ insects are “new to science”.

The collection will help scientists piece together a large branch of insects’ family tree and also be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment.

Entomologists study insects, such as ants, bees, and beetles.

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1

I wonder when they started collecting, like if you agree

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cool

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why do humans need to now about bugs

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how much do they need

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That's amazing :0

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I wanna collect bugs too!

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The Undefeated

That's a lot lot of bugs and money. I mean $5-$300 and there are more than a million bugs in there !!!

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Hi that's cool