insect links

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.

Fun Resource Guide on Crickets is another kid-recommended page with facts and information about crickets and grasshoppers.

Bug Me!—Classroom Activities for Teaching about Bugs presents 10 activities for teaching and learning about bugs, with lesson plans.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln also offers Insects in the Classroom: Insect Curriculum with numerous downloadable lesson plans.

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.

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.

The UK-based Amateur Entomologists’ Society offers 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.

Beautiful insect photography at’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., 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.

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: September 8, 2019