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Bug Resources

There is a vast amount of information out there about insects and other arthropods. We found the following sites to be the most helpful when trying to learn about these fascinating creatures!

Conservation Sites:

Wildlife Trust empowers local conservation scientists worldwide to protect nature and safeguard ecosystem and human health.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation.

Identification Sites

Amateur Entomologists' Society is a registered charity run by volunteers for those with an interest specifically in entomology and natural history in general.

American Tarantula Society a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering education about tarantulas and other arachnids.

Aquatic Insects – University of Michigan Dearborn an informative key developed to help identify the variety of aquatic insects studied in the Rose Garden Pond at the University of Michigan Dearborn Environmental Study Area.

Brown Recluse Spider Guide from the University of California Riverside, Department of Entomology provides helpful information on how to identify (or misidentify) the Brown recluse spider.

Caterpillars of Pacific Northwest Forests and Woodlands – USGS gives an overview on caterpillars found in our area.

Checklist of the Collembola this site provides a fascinating in depth scientific look at the Collembola of the World.

Common Larger Adult Insects - Queensland Museum, Australia this simple key helps classify adult insects to Order level, usually without having to use a microscope.

The Diptera Site provides information about the flies of the World.

Field Guide to Common Insects - Texas A&M University. In Texas, there are currently over 25,000 different insect species. In order to aid the public in the identification of most insects, the Texas A&M Department of Entomology has provided some useful identification methods on this page.

Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States. The primary goal of this website is to enable users to identify crickets, katydids, and cicadas from America north of Mexico.

Field Key to Adult Washington Dragonflies (Odonata). This key has been prepared to provide identification in life of adults of the species of Odonata that occur in Washington.

Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles. This guide provides a comprehensive systematic overview for the approximately 600 genera of New World scarab beetles and provides a foundation for a future comprehensive treatment of world scarabaeoids.

Hobo Spider Guide. This guide from the University of California Riverside, Department of Entomology provides helpful information on how to identify (or misidentify) the Hobo spider.

Kentucky Critter Files from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology provides detailed information about Kentucky insects, spiders and others bugs.

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa. The aim of this site is to provide a large iconographic sample of European moths and butterflies and, for each species, information about foodplants, breeding, and life cycles.

Tree of Life Web Project is an online database that compiles information about biodiversity and the evolutionary relationships of all organisms.

Yellowjackets of the Northwestern United States is a review of yellowjacket general biology and systematics.

Reference Books

Field Guide to Insects and Spiders

An excellent guide with more than 700 full-color photographs visually arranged by shape and color. Descriptive text includes measurements, diagnostic details, and information on habitat, range, feeding habits, web construction, life cycle, and environmental impact. An illustrated key to the insect orders and detailed drawings of the parts of insects, spiders, and butterflies supplement this extensive guide.

Field Guide to Butterflies

A handy field guide with more than 1,000 photographs of all the butterflies of North America north of Mexico. The color plates are visually arranged by shape and color, and thumb-tab silhouettes provide a convenient index to identification of butterflies in the field. The species account for each butterfly provides measurements, descriptions of each stage of the life cycle, and information on coloring or distinguishing markings, flight period, habitat, and range.

Insects of the Pacific Northwest

The only comprehensive guide to insects of the Pacific Northwest. This reference book is perfect for hikers, fishers, and naturalists. With coverage from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, it describes more than 450 species of common, easily visible insects, some non insect invertebrates, and a few snails & slugs. The more than 600 superb color photographs, helpful visual keys, and clear color-coded layout make this field guide an invaluable resource for nature lovers throughout the region.

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