BioLegacy is a program administered by the Bohart Museum of Entomology, part of the University of California, Davis, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. The program was established to support species discovery and naming, research and teaching activities of the museum through sponsorships. At a time when support for taxonomic and field research is shrinking, researchers find it increasingly difficult to discover, classify and name undescribed species. Yet there are thousands yet to be discovered. Taxonomy is the basis of all biology and without species discovery and naming much of the world’s biodiversity will remain unknown and therefore unprotectable.


Participation in the BioLegacy Program is open to members of the public of legal age and scientists in research organizations. Taxonomists are expressly invited to join the BioLegacy Program.


The Bohart Museum of Entomology, part of the University of California, Davis, is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


The BioLegacy Program


Provides donors the opportunity to sponsor and give a scientific name to a newly discovered insect species;

  • provides researchers responsible for identifying the new species with names provided by donors;
  • ensures that names provide by donors are used in a scientifically sound and scientifically correct manner in accordance with International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature rules;
  • provides donors with documentary proof of their name for the new species in question;
  • ensures that donated funds go to the support of taxonomical research in the Bohart Museum of Entomology;
  • publishes donor named species and information about the research on its website:

Your Donation:


Supports research, education and outreach activities at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Species naming is a unique, lasting form of dedication. It is also a great honor both for the person giving the name and for the individual or other honoree whose name is being given to the species. A minimum sponsorship of $2,500 is requested.