Our Complete Database of Insects, Bugs and Spiders of North America
North America is home to hundreds of thousands of insect and spider types - the perfect stage for casual observation, photography, research and education.
The term 'bug' is often misused to represent all manner of insect (bug refers to an insect that can only use its mouthparts to bite or suck). With over 80,000 species categorically identified throughout the world, the term "bug" does not apply to insects as a whole.
Insects can be both harmful and helpful for humans for they pollinate plants or make honey and even keep pest populations under control while they can also infect individuals, destroy crops and kill livestock. The circle of life, therefore, becomes a complicated formula and one can agree that there is more going on than meets the eye. As such, insects represent a vital part of our active ecosystem which requires respect.
The InsectIdentification.org database currently features (730)Our Complete Database of Insects, Bugs and Spiders of North America commonly found throughout North America. While primarily centering on the United States, this listing also includes insects found in Canada as well as Mexico. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.
Click on the red "X" icons in the panels below to remove bugs that do not match your specimen. Note that each panel is numbered for your reference.