These specimens on display at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh were not collected by museum scientists.
Local insect entusiasts Robert and Tressa Surdick who lived in Bethel Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh, spent their lives collecting insects from all over Western Pennsylvania. Bob visited the museum as a teen to examine the entomology collections.
When Bob passed away in 2012, he donated his collection of more than 100,000 beautifully prepared insects, including the ones shown above.
A portion of his collection is now displayed near the landing of the Grand Staircase, where it catches the attention of young bug lovers each day.