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We offer training to DOD Pest Management Professionals to include Pesticide Applicator Certification (approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to satisfy federal training and certification requirements for pesticide applicators); DOD Pesticide Applicator Recertification; Operational Entomology Training (preparing preventive medicine personnel to establish a public health pest management program where none exists; and Shipboard Pest Management (We serve as the Navy Program Manager for Shipboard Pest Control).

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Systematic Biological Collection


The U.S. Navy Systematic Biological Collection is housed at the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) onboard Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. The collection is a one of a kind resource includes over 350,000 of medically important specimens. This resource is especially important for systematic research and identification of arthropod disease vectors and pests, supporting Force Health Protection efforts.


We began collecting specimens from the Pacific in 1949, but today the collection represents specimens from every continent except Antarctica. While we focus mainly on mosquitoes, flies and gnats, we also collect other insects, plants, arachnids, snakes and fossil specimens. Currently the collection has three parts: the systematic collection, the training collection and the public affairs collection.

Directions For Submitting a Specimen

Hard Bodied, Adult Insects

Obtain a pill boxes or similar container. Place a thin layer of cotton in the bottom of the box and cover with a single piece of tissue paper. Place the insect(s) on the tissue paper in a single layer, being careful not to crowd the specimens. Place a piece of tissue paper over the specimens followed by a thin layer of cotton. Place the lid on the box and tape to secure. Do not pack insects between layers of cotton or other similar fibrous materials. Record where, when and who collected the specimen(s). Enclose this information in the package and ship via mail.

Soft Bodied Arthropods (includes insect larvae, spiders, scorpions, ticks)

Preserve in 70% ETOH placed in glass vials. Close vials with stoppers and cover with a layer of parafilm to prevent fluid loss. Place vials in a small box filled with cotton or other suitable packing materials. Record where, when and who collected the specimen(s). Enclose this information in the package and ship via mail.

  • Schedule a Visit:  Tours may be arranged for groups not exceeding 60 persons at one time. Typical groups are elementary and middle school classes, church groups, Junior ROTC (high school) programs, child-care facilities, etc. The tours, administered by the Training Department and led by a team of staff volunteers, last about one hour and usually include short sessions in our classroom and our teaching laboratory.

    There is no fee for the tour, and your visit can be included in a half-day tour of the local Naval Air Station. Please arrange your visit through the Public Affairs Office at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. They can be reached at (904) 542-1529, -1532, or -4033. The local DSN prefix is 942 for military callers.