insects in general, insect taxonomy, and insect collecting
Learning About Insects on the Playground is a link-filled page written for kids, with information about the most common insects they will encounter in their own yard, a park, or a playground, especially ladybugs, ants, bees, beetles, and butterflies. A fun article recommended by a middle-school student in Colorado.
The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Bugs. A long list of links to university, government, and extension fact sheets and information on a wide range of insects, encouraging learning about the role of insects in ecology and distinguishing pests from beneficial insects.
Gardens and Grasshoppers: Kids' Guide to Insects is an excellent kid-friendly collection of links to web pages and videos on butterflies, bees, grasshoppers, spiders, and earthworms, approved and recommended by a group of middle school students.
BugGuide. “Identification, Images, & Information.” An online community of naturalists who identify and share knowledge about insects in photos sent by users from the U.S. and Canada. Huge virtual collection of every insect family, with interesting commentary. “We capture never before seen behaviors and we have photos of species that you won't find anywhere else on the web.” Hosted by Iowa State University Entomology.
Kendall Bioresearch Services. This UK-based site has a good online key to orders of insects. It also has information on insect body parts, habits, and life history, photos, including micro photos, and more, plus a link to their free image bank (non-commercial use only) of insects and other photos.
Also UK-based is the Amateur Entomologists’ Society, offering high-quality books and journals to bug enthusiasts of all ages, insect identification service, keys to adult insects, and other informative resources for identifying, conserving, and appreciating insects and arthropods in general.
Studying for an insect identification quiz, or curious to see whether you can “name that bug”? Try Mississippi State University’s Interactive Insect Identification Test. Multiple-choice questions on identification to the level of family.
InsectGeeks.com, a social networking site for bug enthusiasts around the world. Share photos, videos, and information.
BugBios: shameless promotion of insect appreciation
“This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.” Beautiful insect photos by Dexter Sear.
Check the Smithsonian Institution’s Zoology page for links to insect-related images (especially butterflies and moths), fact sheets, description of the Butterflies & Plants exhibit, more.
Beautiful insect photography at photo.net’s “no words thread” of insect photos (but you will have to identify them yourself). Also enter “insect” into the site’s search engine for a list of insect photos at other locations on the site, such as this exquisite gallery by Igor Siwanowicz.
InsectNet.com, Network for Insect Collectors: “A meeting place for entomologists, insect collectors, insect hobbyists and craftspeople, traders, and dealers. All invertebrate enthusiasts welcome.” Lots of links to suppliers worldwide of mounted/pinned specimens and insect art.
Locate your local agricultural extension office, where you can get answers to insect pest problems, gardening advice, insect identification and more, from “one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.” The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension service provides this index of Cooperative Extension offices.
Recommend a link! I’d like this page to be as helpful as possible to anyone seeking information about insects—their identification as well as details of their secret world.
last updated: June 22, 2016