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The University of Wyoming Insect Museum is the only research collection of insects in the state of Wyoming. Present holdings are estimated at more than a quarter of a million specimens. It is an important regional resource, as well as a collection of national and international significance. Holdings are particularly strong in the major orders Hymenoptera (53%), Diptera (12%), Lepidoptera (10%), and Coleoptera (9%). Several unique voucher collections are housed at University of Wyoming including the Pawnee National Grasslands Collection, Johnston and Wyodak Power Plant Collections, Hanna Strip-Mine Collection, the 1989-1990 Yellowstone Post-Fire Collection, Shelterbelt Insect Collection, the 1992 Brazilian Araguaia River Expedition Collection, and the world's largest research collection of Costa Rican parasitic wasps of the family Braconidae.