An arthropod is an invertebrate animal belonging to the phylum Arthropoda, such as an insect, spider or crustacean. The DBG Collection of Arthropods (DBGA) was founded in 2015 by staff members interested in discovering and documenting insect, spider, and greater arthropod diversity within the Gardens and in educating the public about the role of arthropods in the Gardens and in wildlands. Today, DBGA holds nearly 900 specimens, all collected from the grounds of Denver Botanic Gardens. 

Explore Arthropod Collections Through SCAN

DBG Collection of Arthropod specimens are discoverable online through SCAN, an external database used by arthropod collections across North America. 

  1. Go to symbiota4.acis.ufl.edu/scan/portal (called “SCAN”)
  2. Search > Search Collections
  3. Click the Select/Deselect All at the top to deselect all the check boxes
  4. Click the box next to “Denver Botanic Gardens Collection of Arthropods”
  5. Click Next
  6. You can either enter in search criteria, including by county (e.g. Denver), or, just click Search to see all our specimens.
  7. If you click Search without entering criteria, you will end up with “stub” or “skeletal” records which may only have the data and no picture, or a picture with no data. We are continuing to database our 800+ insect collection.