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Intersection: Taking Care Of Cops, UCF’s Bug Closet, and Sister Honey’s Bakery


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The wooden filing drawers line the walls of the Collection of Anthropods, commonly called the "Bug Closet," in the first floor of the Biological Sciences building at the University of Central Florida.
Student assistant and UCF senior Erin Barbaeu stands next to an open drawer inside the hole-in-the-wall bug museum.
Green-blue beetles are one of the many kinds of insects found inside the Bug Closet.
Barbeau says beetles were a preferred insect of late Bug Closet founder Stuart Fullerton, whose spirit lives on in the ethos of the database.
A filing cabinet contains as many different species as their size permits.
Most insects are held in alcohol solutions to preserve their original shapes and textures.
Butterflies are a more popular part of the tour Bug Closet employees host for visitors.
The space is cozy and cluttered, where bottles holding specimen await possible display.
While many of the species are native to Central Florida, some come from as far as California - Fullerton's home state.
The bugs are arranged in boxes on tiny pins attached to tiny pieces of paper, which detail their species name along with date and place of capture.
A student and employee of the Bug Closet assists in the back laboratory.
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