Insect Identification

There are over 1 million identified species of insects and spiders in the world with many more still awaiting discovery. Insects provide a mostly overlooked - and often times misunderstood - window into our fragile ecosystem that involves the perfect balance of millions of components. In so many ways, the mighty little insect allows for our comfortable world to exist by providing a plethora of benefits: consumable goods, useful consumer products, population control, debris removal and answers to some of science's lingering questions - understanding insects is a small step to understanding the very world we live in.

Spider Identification
Supremely helpful, often misunderstood creatures.
Beetles Identification
The largest animal group on the planet.
Bees, Ants, and Wasps Insect Identification
Bees, Ants, and Wasps
Helpful, scary and a nuisance all in one package.
Butterfly and Moth Identification
Butterflies and Moths
Group of two closely-related flying insects.
Grasshoppers and Crickets Identification
Grasshoppers and Crickets
The singing, chirping insects of summertime nights.
Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Dazzling flying insects of the North American summer.
True Bug Insect Identification
True Bugs
Piercing, sucking mouthparts make up this insect group.
Centipede Identification
Imposing - and utterly useful - dwellers.
Earwig Insect Identification
Appearance alone says "stay away" from these insects.
Flies and Mosquito Identification
Flies and Mosquitoes
A pest to most but useful to all in our ecosystem.
Alderfly, Fishfly and Dobsonfly Identification
Alderflies, Fishflies & Dobsonflies
Born in the water, these insects make their lives in the air.
Walkingstick Identification
Walkingsticks and Timemas
Masters of the art of camouflage in the bug world.
Cicada Identification
Cicadas and Similar
The sounds of summer provided to you by the Cicada.
Scorpion and Similar Insect Identification
Scorpion and Scorpion-Like
Predatory instincts drive this animal group.
Mantid / Mantises Identification
Mantises / Mantids
Mantids are the ultimate backyard garden helper.
Cockroach Identification
Even the lowly cockroach has something to offer the planet.