Insects Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids, Order Orthoptera
The name Orthoptera means

When Should I Use a Bug Bomb?
Bug bombs don't work well on all insects, and can be hazardous if used incorrectly. Learn which bugs can be treated with a bug bomb, and which can't.

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (Order Orthoptera)
Insects in this order, Orthoptera, are familiar friends of summer. The grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids serenade us on warm days, and impress us with their jumping abilities.

Crickets – 10 Fascinating Facts About Crickets
How much do you know about common field and house crickets? Here are 10 fascinating facts you may not know about crickets.

What To Do If You Encounter Killer Bees
Your chance of being stung by killer bees is small, but you should know what to do if you encounter aggressive bees.

Information About Insects, Spiders, and Other Bugs
Fascinating facts and profiles of all kinds of insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Also, tips for controlling pest insects, and advice for attracting beneficial insects.

Can Woolly Worms Really Predict the Winter Weather?
Folk wisdom holds that woolly worms (aka woolly bears), the caterpillars of the Isabella tiger moth, can predict the winter weather.

What Is the Difference Between Venomous and Poisonous?
The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but incorrectly.

10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies
Everyone is familiar with butterflies, but how much do you really know about these insects? Here are 10 cool facts about butterflies.

Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)
The order Lepidoptera includes an estimated 100,000 species, and is probably the best known of all the insect orders. These articles explore the characteristics and behaviors of the Lepidoptera group. You will also find profiles of butterflies, moths, and skippers.

Butterfly Behavior
Articles about the things butterflies and moths do, and why they do them.

How Do Monarchs Know When to Migrate?
Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to Mexico each fall. Did you ever wonder how the monarchs know when it's time to migrate?

Do Flies Really Vomit and Poop When They Land on You?
You've heard this before, haven't you - flies vomit and poop on you when they land on you. Do you want to know if it's true?

Dragonfly or Damselfly? - How to Tell the Difference
Knowing whether a mystery odonate is a dragonfly or damselfly will help you identify it. This article outlines the differences.

Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
Do all bees die after stinging? No. Learn which bees can only sting once, and why bees die after stinging.

Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
People once thought fruit flies spontaneously generated, like magic. Here's where fruit flies really come from, and why it's so hard to get rid of them.

Make a Vinegar Trap to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you battling fruit flies in your kitchen? This simple vinegar trap works wonders on a fruit fly infestation.

How Insects Defend Themselves
Insects reside at the bottom of the food chain. With so many animals out to eat them, insects use some clever tricks to avoid predators and stay alive.

How Dragonflies Mate
There's nothing romantic about dragonfly sex. Dragonfly mating involves acrobatic moves, biting and scratching, and flinging sperm.

Darkling Beetles, Family Tenebrionidae
Darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae) scavenge under rocks and leaf litter. Learn more about darkling beetles, including how to identify them.

Ticks, Suborder Ixodida
Learn the habits and traits of the suborder Ixodida, the ticks.

How Do Ticks Get on You?
Learn the science behind how ticks sense and locate their hosts. Knowing how a tick gets on you can help you avoid them.

What Good Are Ticks?
Ticks drink our blood, and often transmit disease when they do. Did you ever wonder why we need ticks, or what purpose they serve?




10 Ways Insects Defend Themselves
How do insects thwart all the predators looking to eat them? Here are 10 ways insects defend themselves, from chemical sprays to secret disguises.








Is the Insect Nervous System Controlled by a Brain?
How does an insect make sense of the world, move from place to place, or breathe, eat, and mate? Do insects have brains?

Do We Know If Insects Feel Pain?
Scientists, animal rights activists, and biological ethicists have long debated this question: do insects feel pain?

Insects 101
Insects are the largest and most diverse group in the animal kingdom. Begin your study of this amazing group here by learning the basics of entomology. These articles cover insect anatomy, behavior, growth, and defenses.

10 Ways to Guarantee You'll Get Mosquito Bites
We all know a human mosquito magnet, the one person in the group who seems to get all the mosquito bites. Want to know how they do it?

Is It Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis?
You've probably heard it's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Is this true or false? Are mantids really protected by law?

What Causes Bed Bugs?
As bed bugs make headlines around the country, people are wondering what causes bed bugs. Here's what causes bed bugs, and what doesn't.

Top 10 Myths About Bed Bug Treatment
Do you know which bed bug treatments work, and which don't? This article outlines the top 10 myths about treating bed bugs.

Do Japanese Beetle Traps Work?
If you have Japanese beetles in your garden, the last thing you should do is hang a trap in your yard. Here's why these traps are more hype than hope.

10 Fascinating Facts About Beetles
With over 350,000 species of beetles already described, the order Coleoptera is the largest insect group by far. How much do you know about these insects? Here are 10 fascinating facts about beetles.

10 Fascinating Facts About Ants
Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.

True Flies (Order Diptera)
The order Diptera includes a variety of insects, such as midges, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, crane flies, blow flies, and of course, flies. The species count for Dipterans now tops 120,000.

Do We Really Swallow Spiders While Sleeping?
True or false? The average person swallows 8 spiders per year while sleeping.

The Life Cycle and Stages of Ladybugs
Learn about the life cycle of ladybugs, and what happens in each stage of life - egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Diagram of the Parts of a Caterpillar
All caterpillars share certain morphological features. These common features are labeled and described in this caterpillar diagram.

Habits and Traits of the Painted Lady Butterfly
The painted lady inhabits backyards and meadows throughout most of the world, and is the most widespread butterfly species.

What Are Florida Lovebugs?
If you drive through a swarm of Florida lovebugs, you'll know it. They're known as a nuisance along Florida roads. What are Florida lovebugs?

Schmidt Pain Index of Insect Stings
How much do insect stings hurt? Justin Schmidt, a researcher from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, can tell you from personal experience.

10 Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies
Have you ever spent a summer day watching dragonflies flying around a pond or lake? Here are 10 fascinating facts about dragonflies.

What Good Are Mosquitoes?
You probably can't think of one good thing to say about mosquitoes. They're annoying, they bite, and they transmit diseases. What good are mosquitoes?

Why Do We Need Wasps?
They build nests in our lawns and on our houses, they sneak into our soda cans, and worst of all they sting! Exactly what good are wasps?

Beneficial Insects - Identify and Attract Beneficial Insects to Help Control Pests
Looking for a natural, non-chemical method of controlling pest insects? Beneficial insects can help keep garden pests under control. Learn to identify beneficial insects and attract them to your garden.





How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
Put beneficial insects to work for you controlling pests the natural way. Use these tips to attract good bugs to your garden.

How Insects Grow
Molting isn't just the act of an insect breaking out of its skin. The molting process is a complex one involving hormones, proteins, and enzymes.

Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
People swear that bug zappers make a big difference in their backyard mosquito population, but research proves otherwise.

Wasps, Yellowjackets, Hornets
The social wasps of the family Vespidae include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets, all of which will defend their homes should you disturb them.

Identify an Insect
Once you know a little about insect characteristics and orders, you can start to identify insects you encounter. Articles on these pages will offer keys, picture guides, and information about how to find the name of an unidentified insect.

How Do I Control Box Elder Bugs in My House?
Box elder bugs often make their way indoors, where they can become a nuisance in the home.

Why You Shouldn't Plant Butterfly Bush
Planting a butterfly garden? Don't plant butterfly bush! Learn why butterfly bush is bad, and what you can plant instead of butterfly bush.

If You Touch a Butterfly's Wings, Can It Still Fly?
Many people believe that if you touch a butterfly's wings, it will no longer be able to fly, and will die. Is this true or not?

Common Mosquito Control Myths
Some mosquito control suggestions have become so popular, most people believe they work. But research shows these things do not have a meaningful impact on mosquito populations, and are really a waste of your time and money. Page 3.

Tips to Control Mosquitoes in the Yard and in the Home
Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. You can keep your local mosquito population under control by limiting their habitat on your property, and avoid their annoying bites by using the right barriers and repellants. This article also teaches you what oft-touted mosquito controls do NOT work.

How to Control Mosquitoes in Your Yard and Home
You can limit your exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites by using effective barriers and repellents. Page 2.

Can Fleas Live on People?
Fleas live on cats, dogs, and other furry animals. But can fleas live on people? That depends on the type of flea.

Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots?
Why does the ladybug have spots, and what do they tell us? Learn more about spots and coloration and why they might be necessary to the ladybug's survival.

How Do Honey Bees Make Beeswax?
Beeswax is one of the most versatile products made by an insect, used in everything from varnishes to medicines. Learn how honey bees make beeswax.

Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning Bugs
Learn about the life cycle of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs.

How Do Fireflies Produce Light?
Fireflies use light signals to attract mates. A complex chemical reaction in the firefly's light organ produces light energy efficiently.

10 Fascinating Facts About House Flies
For better or worse, these pests are with us to stay. Learn 10 fascinating facts about house flies.

10 Fascinating Facts About Caterpillars
How much do you really know about caterpillars? Here are 10 cool facts about caterpillars.

10 Fascinating Facts About Praying Mantids
People like praying mantids because they look a bit like humans, with their expressive faces and long arms. Here are 10 facts about praying mantids that you might not know.

10 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Here are 10 facts about honey bees you might not know.

10 Fascinating Facts About Centipedes
How much do you know about centipedes? Check out these 10 fascinating facts about centipedes.

10 Fascinating Facts About Spiders
From jumping spiders to tarantulas, spiders all share certain traits. These 10 facts about spiders will teach you what all spiders have in common.

10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas
These 10 fascinating facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.

Teaching About Insects
If you're a teacher, this is the topic for you. You can find lesson plans, activities, and information on keeping live insects in the classroom.

7 Fascinating Facts About Painted Lady Butterflies
Are you raising painted lady butterflies in your elementary school classroom? Here are 7 fascinating facts about painted ladies.

10 Fascinating Facts About Aphids
Gardeners may not care for the aphids in their gardens, but most entomologists will tell you these insects are pretty interesting to observe. Learn 10 fascinating facts about aphids.

What Do Caterpillars Eat?
Caterpillars can be generalist feeders, eating various plants, or specialist feeders, requiring a certain host plant.

10 Fascinating Facts About Dung Beetles
Dung beetles are among the most fascinating critters on Earth. Learn how dung beetles navigate, care for their young, and cool off on hot summer days.

10 Fascinating Facts About Stick Insects
Stick insects are known for their camouflage, but they're way cooler than you think. Here are 10 fascinating facts about stick insects.

10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)
Fireflies are amazing insects! Learn 10 cool facts about fireflies.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Get a Pet Tarantula
A tarantula can make a great pet, but it's not the pet for everyone. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you get a pet tarantula.

10 Fascinating Facts about Bess Beetles
Bess beetles are surprisingly advanced insects that live in rotting logs. Learn 10 fascinating facts about bess beetles to see what makes them unique.

Will the 17-Year Cicadas Damage My Trees?
Periodical cicadas emerge from the ground by the thousands every 13 or 17 years. Homeowners may be concerned about damage to their landscape trees.

Large Crane Flies, Family Tipulidae
Giant mosquito?! Think again. Large crane flies are often misidentified as mosquitoes, but they really aren't anything like their biting cousins.

How Do Insects Hear?
There are four types of auditory organs that insects can use to detect sounds. Learn what they are, and which insects have which types.

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung By a Bee
In most cases, bee stings are entirely avoidable. Here's 10 tips to help you avoid bee stings.

Chigger Bug Bites – 10 Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites
Ever had chigger bites? If you have, you'll never forget them. Chigger bites are probably the itchiest bug bites you'll ever experience. These 10 tips will help you avoid chigger bites.

10 Tips to Avoid Tick Bites
Your first line of defense against tick-borne diseases is avoiding ticks. Follow these 10 tips to avoid tick bites when you head outdoors.

Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs?
Many spiders build webs to ensnare prey, then sit and wait for a hapless insect to fly into the sticky silk trap. Why doesn't the spider get stuck?

Bumblebee or Carpenter Bee?
Carpenter bees and bumblebees look somewhat similar and inhabit the same areas, so it's easy to mistake one for the other. Learn to tell them apart.




Top 10 Perennials for Caterpillars in the Butterfly Garden
These 10 perennials are important host plants for a variety of native caterpillars in North America. No butterfly garden should be without them.








What Are These Tiny Black Bugs in My House?
I keep finding tiny black bugs crawling on my floors and walls. What are they, and what do I do to get rid of them?!

The 13 Forms of Insect Antennae
Insect antennae serve different sensory functions, and come in 13 different forms. The shape of an insect's antennae may help you identify it.

10 Fascinating Facts About Pillbugs
A pillbug goes by many names -– roly poly, wood louse, armadillo bug, potato bug – but whatever you call it, it's a fascinating creature.

Learn about bees and bee behavior, as well as different families of bees.

How to Identify and Control Ground Bees
Ground bees may be a nuisance in the lawn or garden, but they're also beneficial insects. Learn to identify and control ground bees when needed.

How to Control Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are beneficial insects, but are sometimes a nuisance around the home. Learn when and how to control carpenter bees effectively.

How Insects Behave and Communicate
Insect behaviors tell us a lot about how an insect adapts to its world, about predator-prey relationships, and about evolution. These articles cover unique insect behaviors, including insect communication.




How Insects Make Sounds
Singing insects – crickets, katydids, grasshoppers, and cicadas – make sounds to attract mates. Learn how singing insects make sounds.

How to Make a Pitfall Trap to Catch Crawling Insects
A pitfall trap is an essential tool for catching and studying ground-dwelling insects, particularly springtails and ground beetles. You can build and set up a simple pitfall trap in less than half an hour, using recycled materials.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs When You Travel
How do bed bugs get in your home? They travel home with family members who stay in bed bug infested hotels, usually. Learn how to avoid bed bugs at hotels by planning wisely, inspecting thoroughly, and taking control measures when you return home.

How to Pack to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Do your homework before you travel. Research your hotel or resort, and pack appropriately to thwart bed bugs. Page 2.

How to Inspect Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
Before you settle into your hotel room, take a few minutes to look for any signs of bed bugs. Learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find bed bugs in your hotel room. Page 3.

Avoiding Bed Bugs when Returning from a Trip
Even if you think your trip was free of bed bugs, it's worth taking a few extra steps while unpacking to kill any potential pests. Page 4.

Review of Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Gel Colony™
Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Gel Colony™ is not your parents' ant farm. The company that made its name on sand-filled ant farms over 50 years ago now offers a real space age version of their live ant colony. Using a gel medium developed for a 2003 Space Shuttle experiment, the Ant Farm® Gel Colony™ makes ant watching easier than ever before.

Insect Behavior, Communication and Learning
Most insect behavior is genetically programmed, or innate. A caterpillar with no prior experience or instruction, can spin a silken cocoon. But can an insect change its behavior as a result of its experiences? In other words, can insects learn?

How Plant-Eating Insects Find the Right Food
Plant-eating insects may eat a variety of plants, or specialize in eating only one kind. Either way, no plant-eating insect will eat every green thing it finds. There must be some way for insects to know which plant is which, and to find the right food plant for its own species. How do they do it?

How Insects Taste Their Food (Chemoreception)
Since some insects eat very specific plants or prey, they must have a way to distinguish one taste from another. How does an insect taste its food?

How to Tell the Difference Between a Bee and a Wasp
Bees and wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, and are similar in many ways. However, there are some important differences. This article outlines the major distinctions between bees and wasps.

Which Caterpillar Is Eating My Landscape Trees?
Caterpillars that defoliate trees in your home landscape can be reason for concern, and sometimes require control measures. Three well-known caterpillars – eastern tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, and fall webworm – are often misidentified by homeowners trying to solve defoliation problems.

The Difference Between a Centipede and a Millipede
Centipedes and millipedes tend to get grouped together, but they're quite different creatures. Though both are arthropods, that's where the similarities end. Here's how to tell which is which.

Grasshopper or Cricket?
What are the differences between grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids? This chart outlines how they're alike and different.

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
When it comes to mosquitoes, it's not the bite that's the problem. It's the annoying itch! Why do mosquito bites itch, anyway?

How to Control Tent Caterpillars
I have eastern tent caterpillars in my trees. Will they kill my trees? How do I get rid of them?

Definition of Malpighian Tubules
Definition of the term Malpighian tubules.

Is a Daddy Longlegs a Spider, or Not?
People often mistake the daddy longlegs, also called the harvestman, for a spider. Though they are both arachnids, the daddy longlegs is quite different from a spider in several ways.

Are Daddy Longlegs Venomous, and Do They Bite?
Myth or fact? A daddy longlegs has deadly venom, but cannot bite humans because its fangs are too short to penetrate the skin. Here's your answer.

Do Ticks Bite in Winter?
On unseasonably warm winter days, people and pets like to go outdoors for some fresh air. Should you protect yourself from tick bites in winter?

What Are Killer Bees? - Africanized Bees
Killer bees, as they've been dubbed by the news media, arrived in the U.S. in 1990. What exactly are killer bees, and how dangerous are they?

Insect Winter Habits - Migration and Hibernation
How do insects survive the cold winter months? Some migrate, some hibernate, and some insects make their own antifreeze to make it through cold weather.

The Queen Bumblebee
The bumblebee queen survives the winter cold on her own, waiting until spring to lay her eggs and establish a new bumblebee colony.

How Do Bees Make Honey From Nectar?
Honey bees use their stores of energy-rich honey to get them through lean times, including winter. Worker bees gather nectar from flowers and convert it into enough honey to keep the colony alive. How do bees make honey from nectar?

How to Manage Invasive Insects in Firewood
Firewood can harbor insects, from boring beetles to carpenter ants. Invasive insects transported in firewood can infest new areas, leading to the loss of thousands of trees. You can minimize insect problems by collecting and storing your firewood properly.

Rise in Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bugs are making headlines, as a rise in bed bug infestations hits cities and towns all over the world. Why are bed bugs making a comeback?

Control Fall Webworm - Mechanical, Biological, Chemical
Fall webworm, the larvae of a North American moth, feeds on the foliage of over 100 shade and ornamental trees. Fall webworm caterpillars construct silk nests that enclose the foliage on which they feed. Multiple infestations on the same tree can cause branch dieback. Here's how to recognize and control fall webworm in your home landscape.

Why Is Getting Rid of Bed Bugs So Hard?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they've established themselves in a dwelling. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?

Everything You Need to Know About Insect Poop (Frass)
Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.

Insect Poop - How Social Insects Keep the Poop from Piling Up
Insects that live together in nests or hives would be overrun with poop if they didn't clean up after themselves. Page 2.

Insect Poop - Insect Poop in the Ecosystem
Insect poop, called frass, actually keeps some ecosystems in balance. Page 3.

Profiles of Insects, Arachnids, and Other Arthropods
An index of insects, arachnids, and other arthoprods profiled on this site, sorted alphabetically by common names.

The Insect Index - Sorted by Scientific Names
An index of insects, spiders, and other arthropods profiled on this site, sorted alphabetically by scientific names.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Butterfly or Moth?
Butterfly or moth? Learn the 6 physical or behavioral traits that will help you tell the difference between butterflies and moths.

How Wasps Build Wasp Nests
Paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets all make paper nests, though the size, shape, and location of their nests differ. Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped wasp nests suspended underneath eaves and overhangs. Hornets construct large, football-shaped nests. Yellowjackets make their nests underground. In general, though, the process of constructing all wasp nests is the same.

Honey Bees, Apis mellifera
Though not a native pollen bee in North America, the honey bee, Apis mellifera, is an important pollinator of commercial crops.

Carpenter Ants, Genus Camponotus
Carpenter ants recycle our forests by excavating nests in dead or decaying trees. Occasionally, they establish colonies within the structural lumber of people's homes, and then they become pests.

Ants, Bees, and Wasps, Order Hymenoptera
The Hymenoptera is the third largest group of insects, and includes ants, bees, wasps, horntails, and sawflies. Learn the common traits shared by these insects.

Ants, Family Formicidae
The social ants serve important functions in the ecosystem. Ants aerate and turn the soil, defend plants, pollinate flowers, and disperse seeds. In places where ants exist, they comprise 15-20% of the terrestrial animal biomass. That's a lot of ants.

Bumblebees, Genus Bombus
Bumblebees are familiar insects, but there's probably a lot you don't know. Learn about habitat, diet, life cycle, range, and more here.

How Honey Bees Communicate
As social insects living in a colony, honey bees must communicate with one another. Honey bees use movement, odor cues, and even food exchanges to share information.

Honey Bee Workers, Drones, and Queens
Each member of a honey bee colony has a specific role. All contribute to the survival of the colony. Queen bees lay eggs, drones mate with the queen, and workers take care of the chores.

Habits and Traits of the Asian Longhorned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis
The Asian Longhorned Beetle, an invasive pest from China, was discovered in New York and Illinois in the 1990's. So far, the only method of control for Asian Longhorned Beetles requires removing and chipping infested trees, along with potential host trees, in the area where it is discovered. A well-informed public may be our best defense against this invasive species.

Ground Beetles, Family Carabidae
Ground beetles hide under rocks and boards by day, and hunt insects and other invertebrates by night. Most are predatory in both the larval and adult stages, making ground beetles true powerhouses among the beneficial insects of the garden.

Habits and Traits of Beetles, Order Coleoptera
The order Coleoptera is the largest group in the insect world, and comprises nearly a quarter of all the described animal species on Earth. These articles include profiles of beetles and their families, and information on their behaviors and characteristics.

Ladybugs, Family Coccinellidae
Ladybugs, or ladybirds, are neither bugs nor birds - they're beetles. Gardeners love them because they're predators of aphids and other plant pests.

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
In the eastern U.S., emerald ash borer may be the worst tree pest of all. Since its accidental introduction from Asia in the 1990's, emerald ash borers have killed millions of ash trees. Worse still, this invasive pest is spreading. Make sure you know how to identify it when it reaches your neck of the woods.

Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis
Though it's now one of our most common North American lady beetles, the Asian multicolored lady beetle is actually native to Asia.

Fireflies, Family Lampyridae
Fireflies flash their Morse code signals across lawns and fields on warm summer nights. They're easy to recognize from afar, but do you know what they look like up close?

Scarab Beetles, Family Scarabaeidae
Scarab beetles include the biggest insects in the world, in terms of sheer mass. Scarabs were revered in ancient Egypt as symbols of resurrection. More than just powerhouses, scarab beetles serve important roles in the habitats where they live. The family Scarabaeidae includes dung beetles, June beetles, rhinoceros beetles, chafers, and flower scarabs.

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus Plexippus
The Monarch butterfly, familiar to nearly everyone in North America, depends on milkweed plants for caterpillars to eat. The orange and black butterflies are best known for their seasonal migrations to and from Mexico.

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
The silver-spotted skipper is a common resident of fields, meadows, parks, and gardens. With it's brown wings and quick flight from flower to flower,it's often overlooked for slower, brighter butterflies.

Fall Webworm, Hyphantria cunea
Fall webworm, a moth native to North America, produces unsightly silk tents on hardwood trees. The fall webworm larvae live communally in their tents, where they feed and grow.

Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
The World Conservation Union ranks the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, on its list of

Eastern Tent Caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum)
Eastern tent caterpillars are best recognized by their characteristic silken tents in the crotches of cherry and apple trees. These moth larvae may be confused with another spring caterpillar, the gypsy moth, or by another tent builder, the fall webworm. Get to know the eastern tent caterpillars characteristics and habits.

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
The black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) is a common visitor to backyard gardens. Learn how to identify this species, its habits and traits, and why black swallowtail caterpillars are frequently found in vegetable gardens.

Evergreen Bagworm Moths (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)
Bagworm is not a worm, but a moth whose larvae disguise themselves in bags made from bits of foliage. A native pest of North America, bagworm infests popular landscape evergreens like arborvitae and junipers.

Butterflies and Moths, Order Lepidoptera
Learn the common characteristics of butterflies and moths (Order Lepidoptera), the major families in this order, and species of interest.

Stages of the Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies and moths, all members of the order Lepidoptera, undergo complete metamorphosis with four stages - egg, larve, pupa, and adult. In each of these four life cycle stages, the insect looks and behaves quite differently from the others.

Aphid-Herding Ants
Ants and aphids have a mutualistic relationship. Ants feed on the honeydew excreted by the aphids, and in exchange, they protect the aphids. Some ants take their jobs as aphid caretakers pretty seriously.

Monarch Migration
Monarch butterflies are the wings down champions of migrating insects, completing the longest two-way migration. The North American Monarch populations fly south each fall, and return north in the spring.

Dragonflies and Damselflies, Order Odonata
The order Odonata includes dragonflies and damselflies, dedicated predators of other insects. Odonates begin life in ponds, streams, and other freshwater sources.

Fleas, Order Siphonaptera
We know them as bloodsucking pests, but fleas were once beloved circus performers. Why not learn a bit about these interesting insects?

Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter?
Mosquitoes are nowhere to be found in winter, but reappear in force each spring as if by magic. Where do mosquitoes go in winter, and how do they reappear so quickly in spring?

True Flies, Order Diptera
Insects of the order Diptera, the true flies, are a large and diverse group that includes midges, no-see-ums, gnats, mosquitoes, and all manner of flies.

Mosquitoes - Family Culicidae
Mosquitoes bite people on six continents, and you can probably recognize one when it lands on your arm. Mosquitoes belong to the family Culicidae, in the order Diptera, the true flies. This article describes the mosquito's defining characteristics, its life cycle, and its habits.

The Subclass Pterygota and Its Subdivisions
The characteristics of the insect subclass Pterygota, the superorder Exopterygota, and the superorder Endopterygota.

How Crime Scene Insects Reveal the Time of Death
Insect evidence is most often used to calculate the postmortem interval, or time of death, of a corpse in a suspicious death.

How Are Accumulated Degree Days (ADD) Calculated?
Farmers, gardeners and forensic entomologists use accumulated degree days (ADD) to predict when different stages of an insect's development will occur. Here's a simple method for calculating accumulated degree days.

How Crime Scene Insects Provide Toxicology Evidence
Insects recovered from a corpse may contain all the toxicological evidence needed to determine if someone overdosed or was poisoned.

How Insects Provide Evidence That a Murder Victim Was Moved
Insects at a crime scene can help prove that the body was moved after death, and also pinpoint the time a death occurred.

Tulip tree - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Tulip poplars are actually magnolias, not poplars. Their large blossoms are highly attractive to honey bees and other pollinators.

Serviceberry - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Serviceberry blooms early, and provides nectar and pollen for bees.

Crabapple - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Crabapples attract pollinators like orchard mason bees.

Tupelo - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Honey bees gather nectar from tupelo trees, and their tupelo honey goes for a high price.

Locust - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Locust trees get a bad reputation, thanks to the invasive black locust, but they are valuable to foraging bees.

Redbud - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
The bright pink flowers of the redbud tree attract bees in spring.

Cherry - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Cherry trees are highly valued by pollinators.

Sourwood - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
The sourwood tree attracts honey bees, which produce a prized honey from its nectar.

Southern Magnolia - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Magnolias produce showy, fragrant flowers that attract bees in the spring.

10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Learn which trees are the most attractive to pollinating bees in North America.

American Basswood - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
American basswood, or linden, provides a good source of nectar for bees.

Skippers, Family Hesperiidae
About one-third of all North American butterflies belong to the family Hesperiidae, the skippers. These small butterflies fly fast, and can be mistaken for day-flying moths. Learn the habits and traits of skippers.

10 Biggest Beetle Families in North America
Almost 70% of the beetles in the U.S. and Canada belong to one of these 10 beetle families. Learn to recognize these 10 families, and you will be well on your way to identifying most of the beetles you find.

Parts of a Tarantula
A labeled diagram of the external anatomy of a tarantula, with descriptions of the basic body parts.

Why Don't Monarchs Get Sick From Eating Milkweed?
Did you ever wonder why monarch caterpillars don't get sick from eating toxic milkweed? Learn how monarch butterflies have co-evolved with milkweed, and how they disable the milkweed's defenses.

Common Lacewings, Family Chrysopidae
The common or green lacewings will be familiar to gardeners. In their larval stage, they're often called aphid lions, thanks to their ravenous appetite for aphids and other soft-bodied pests. Learn the habits and traits of common lacewings, family Chrysopidae.

Why Are My Monarchs Turning Black?
If you're raising monarch butterflies, you should know the signs and causes of

Identify an Insect: How Does It Move?
Noting how your mystery insect moves is helpful, especially if you did not capture it for identification. Even if these traits don’t give you definitive answers to an insect’s identity, making notes on their movement patterns will teach you something about how that insect lives.

Identify an Insect: Is the Insect An Adult?
The taxonomic orders are based on the adult forms of insects. You need to know if the insect is an adult before you try to identify it.

Identify an Insect: Where Does It Live and When Is It Active?
Insects live in certain climates and habitats. Make a few notes about where you found or observed the insect. Insects may be nocturnal or diurnal - this is also a clue to an insect's identity.

Identify an Insect: What Do the Wings Look Like?
The presence and structure of the wings may be your best clue to identifying an insect. In fact, many insect orders are named for a specific wing characteristic.

Identify an Insect: What Do the Legs Look Like?
An insect’s legs are adaptations that help it move, eat, and survive predators. The shape and structure of an insect's legs is a key to identifying the insect.

Diagram of the Insect Digestive System
Insect digestion occurs as food travels through the enclosed alimentary canal. Each of the three regions of the canal provide a different function.

Diagram of the Insect Excretory System
The Malpighian tubules and the hindgut work together to excrete waste products, primarily nitrogenous wastes, from the insect's body.

Ten Simple Questions to Help You Identify an Insect
Have an unknown insect that you want to identify? Use these questions to collect information about your specimen, before you try to use a key or field guide.

Identify an Insect: What Color Is It?
Insects can be quite colorful, with distinct markings that are unique to a certain species. Note any colors and patterns on the wings and the body of your mystery insect. If there are dots or stripes, try to count them. This may help you identify your insect.

Spiracle - Definition of the Term Spiracle
Definition of the term spiracle.

Complete Metamorphosis - Types of Insect Metamorphosis
Most insects undergo complete metamorphosis. Each stage of the life cycle – egg, larva, pupa, and adult – looks different from the others. Entomologists call these insects holometabolous. Page 4.

What Are Bombardier Beetles?
Bombardier beetles top the list of strange but effective insect defenses. Potential predators learn a hard lesson when they mess with the bombardier beetle.

Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD - What is Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD?
In the fall of 2006, beekeepers began reporting the disappearances of entire colonies of honeybees. Scientists named this phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. What are the signs and symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder?

Keep Caterpillars, Cocoons, and Chrysalides in Winter
In the fall, you can find caterpillars you might want to raise through adulthood. But what do you need to do to keep a caterpillar through winter months?

Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis)
Walk in the woods anywhere in the northeastern U.S., and you stand a good chance of encountering this ectoparasite best known for spreading Lyme disease. Most people refer to this species as the deer tick.

Top 10 Beneficial Garden Insects
Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check. You should learn to recognize these top 10 beneficial insects in your garden.

Pet Millipedes – Maintaining the Proper Environment for Your Pet Millipedes
Keeping environmental variables within the optimal range for your pet millipedes is important to their health and well being.

5 Best Insect Horror Movies
Do you like scary movies with lots of bugs? Here are my picks for the top 5 insect horror movies of all time.

The Nine Most Annoying Insects
Even for people who love insects, some bugs can be really annoying. Through a very unscientific poll, I have compiled this list of the nine most annoying insects of all.

About Insects - Living With Insects
For good or for bad, insects are everywhere around us. As pets or pests, carriers of disease or providers of protein, insects will always play a role in our lives.

A Guide to Caring for Pet Millipedes
So you're thinking about getting a pet millipede? Pet millipedes are a good choice for people who want to keep live arthropods, and make great classroom pets. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about caring for pet millipedes.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

Insect Classification - Subclass Apterygota
What are apterygotes? Learn which arthropods are classified as Apterygota, and what that means.

What Is Müllerian Mimicry?
Mllerian mimicry is a defensive strategy used by groups of insects to thwart predators. This article explains Mllerian mimicry, and provides examples of Mllerian mimicry rings.

What Is Batesian Mimicry? - Definition and Examples
Naturalist Henry Bates, a peer of Charles Darwin, first discussed how insects use mimicry to defend themselves. One form of mimicry is now named for him – Batesian mimicry.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

10 Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder
Theories about the causes of CCD emerged almost as quickly as the bees disappeared. No single cause or definitive answer has yes been identified. Most researchers expect the answer to lie in a combination of contributing factors. Here ten possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder.

12 "Must Have" Tools for Studying Live Insects
These 12

About Insects - Profiles of Insects
Scientists estimate there are over 1 million insect species in the world. We encounter insects, as well as spiders and other arthropods, every day in our homes, backyards, and travels. Here's where to learn more about insect species and groups.

About Insects - The Basics on Insects and Other Arthropods
For people new to the study of insects, here are the basics. Learn about insect anatomy and how the insect body works; how insects grow, change, and reproduce; and about other

Learn about ants, ant behavior, and ant groups.

Learn about wasps, wasp behavior, and types of wasps.

Keeping Live Insects - Learn to Care for Live Insects in Captivity
One of the best ways to learn about insects is rearing them yourself. Be keeping live insects, you can observe and study their traits, behaviors, and life cycles up close.

Fire Ants
Learn what fire ants are, how to identify them, and what works (and doesn't work) to get rid of fire ants.

Ants, Bees, and Wasps (Order Hymenoptera)
The order Hymenoptera includes many of the most common insects - ants, bees, and wasps. This is the third largest insect order with just over 100,000 species. These articles cover the behaviors and characteristics of this order, including profiles of Hymenoptera species and families.

Profiles of Flying Insects
The flying insects are the subclass Pterygota. This group includes butterflies, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and many other insects.

For Insect Enthusiasts
Are you really into insects? Find out where you can go to see the world's most fascinating insects. This topic covers insect festivals, insect-related travel, ways to volunteer on insect research projects, and insect trivia.

Insect Pests - Tips for Identifying and Controlling Problem Insects
If you're dealing with a garden pest, an infestation in your home, or just trying to avoid getting stung or bitten by insects, these articles will help you learn to identify and control insect pests.

Insects and Society - Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
Insects and people cross paths in many ways. Beneficial insects keep pests in check, and pollinate our crops. We harvest products from insects, and in some cultures, eat them. Insects also spread disease, and may bite or sting. Today, insects even solve crimes.

Learning About Insects
There's nothing better than hands-on experience to learn something new, and the field of entomology is no exception. These articles offer descriptions of good tools and field guides to use for closer study of live insects.

Ticks, Pillbugs, Daddy Longlegs and Other Arthropods
Some arthropods, though not insects at all, are commonly grouped with true insects. We'll explore spiders, ticks, scorpions and other insect cousins in this topic.

Spiders (Class Arachnida)
Looking for an arthropod of the eight-legged variety? Try checking out these articles and links on spiders.

Profiles of Wingless Insects
The wingless insects are the subclass Apterygota.

Traits of Spider Families
Learn the habits and traits of spider families, and how spiders are classified.

Use Homemade Bait to Get Rid of Sugar Ants
Every now and then, I get an S.O.S. from a reader with a kitchen full of sugar ants. Sugar ants look for sweet foods to gather and bring back to their brood.

Vedalia Ladybugs and the Story of How They Saved the Citrus Orchards
When entomologists hatched a plan to save California's citrus orchards, which were besieged by scale insects, the U.S. Congress refused to fund their work. Learn how scientists thwarted Congress and found the ladybug that saved the citrus industry.

Why Do Bees Swarm?
Learn how and why honey bees relocate their hives, and why you shouldn't worry if you find a bee swarm in your yard.

What Good Are Ants?
Can't stand the ants invading your kitchen? Don't dare go in your backyard barefoot, thanks to the fire ants that moved in? Although ants may cause some trouble now and then, as a group, they provide invaluable services that keep the ecosystem healthy. Learn 4 reasons we can't live without ants.

Why Do Spiders Bite Humans?
Why do spiders bite humans? Actually, that

Leaf and Seed Beetles, Family Chrysomelidae
Leaf and seed beetles (family Chrysomelidae) make up one of the largest beetle groups. Many cause significant damage to garden and farm crops. Learn the habits and traits of leaf and seed beetles.

Luna Moth, Actias luna
Luna moths are colorful and large, so people often think they are butterflies. The night-flying adults live just a few days. Learn the habits and traits of luna moths, Actias luna.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Aurantia argiope
The black and yellow garden spider, Aurantia argiope, is one of our largest North American spiders. Although you may find its size startling, it's really quite harmless and actually beneficial. Learn the habits and traits of the black and yellow garden spider.

Earwigs, Order Dermaptera
Earwigs were thought to crawl in people's ears, but that almost never happens. These interesting insects belong to the order Dermaptera. Learn the habits and traits of earwigs.

Darners, Family Aeshnidae
Darners (family Aeshnidae) are large dragonflies and strong fliers. Learn the habits and traits of these odonates, and how to identify them.

Plant Bugs, Family Miridae
The family Miridae is the largest group in the order of true bugs, with over 10,000 known species. Most plant bugs feed on plants, as you may have guessed. Learn about the habits and traits of plant bugs.

Gall Wasps, Family Cynipidae
Gall wasps (family Cynipidae) are probably the most common gall-making insects. Learn the habits and traits of gall wasps, and which plants they affect.

Nursery Web and Fishing Spiders, Family Pisauridae
Learn the habits and traits of nursery web spiders and fishing spiders, members of the family Pisauridae.

Cellar Spiders, Family Pholcidae
Cellar spiders (Family Pholcidae) are also called daddy longlegs and vibrating spiders. Look around your basement and you'll probably find one. Learn the habits and traits of cellar spiders.

Lynx Spiders, Family Oxyopidae
Lynx spiders are agile hunters with unique traits that make them easy to identify. Learn the habits and traits of lynx spiders, Family Oxyopidae.

Did a Florida Man Really Die From a Brown Recluse Bite?
When the news media reports a man in Florida died from a brown recluse spider bite, should you believe it? Read such stories with a healthy dose of skepticism, and question the

Do Bugs Crawl in People's Ears?
Feel something moving inside your ear and wonder if it's a bug? It just might be. Find out which bugs, and what you should do if a bug crawls into your ear.

Bugs in Your Food
Think you'd never eat a bug? I've got news for you. You eat bugs every day. Food manufacturers use bugs for everything from coloring to candy coatings. Learn about the bugs you're eating and how to find the bugs on food labels.

An Early History of Forensic Entomology, 1300-1900
The field of forensic entomology has a much longer history than you might suspect, dating all the way back to the 13th century.

What Are Exotic, Invasive Insects?
Some organisms, including insects, are referred to as exotic, invasive species. Put simply, these organisms were introduced, intentionally or accidentally, into an ecosystem outside their own and managed to thrive. Alien invasive species can tip the balance in an ecosystem, sometimes with serious environmental and economic consequences.

How to Get Rid of Christmas Tree Insects
Live or cut Christmas trees can come with surprises - bugs! You can still enjoy a real evergreen tree for Christmas without bringing a forest of insects indoors. Here's what you need to know.

What Are Insects?
The most basic definition of an insect is an organism with three pairs of legs and three body regions – head, thorax, and abdomen. Entomologists, scientists who study insects, might also add that insects have a pair of antennae and external mouthparts. As you learn more about insects, you will find there are some exceptions to these rules.

How Insects Attract a Mate
Lone insects must find a mate of the same species and opposite sex in order to reproduce. Most insects employ one or more of three signal types to attract a mate: auditory, visual, or chemical.

Class Arachnida - What Are Arachnids?
The class Arachnida includes a diverse group of arthropods: spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites, harvestmen, and their cousins. All members of this group share certain common characteristics. Arachnids provide an important service, keeping insect populations under control.

Superorder Dictyoptera, Roaches and Mantids
The superorder Dictyoptera includes two unlikely cousins - the cockroaches and the mantids. What could roaches and mantids possibly have in common?

Praying Mantises: The Suborder Mantodea
The easy-to-recognize praying mantis is a fascinating insect to observe. With a head that swivels, large eyes, and legs clasped in a prayer-like stance, mantids seem almost human.

Learn About Orb Weaver Spiders, Family Araneidae
To most people, spiders are creatures that spin large, round webs around our homes and gardens. These webs are the work of the orb weaver spiders.

Characteristics of Spiders - Order Araneae
Most people can recognize a spider, but do you know what characteristics make a spider a spider? Learn more about their habitats, families, and more.

Brown Recluse Spider, Loxosceles reclusa
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, has a bad and largely undeserved reputation. Across the U.S., people fear the bite of this spider. In truth, the brown recluse is just that - a recluse. It's range is limited to one section of the country, and its bite is rarely life threatening.

Habits and Traits of Jumping Spiders, Family Salticidae
Jumping spiders comprise the largest family in the order, the family Salticidae. They use their vision and springing ability to hunt and capture prey.

Widow Spiders, Genus Latrodectus
Widow spiders, including the black widow spider, are not aggressive, but their bites are medically significant. Learn to recognize these venomous spiders.

Learn About Wolf Spiders - Family Lycosidae
One of the largest spider families, wolf spiders use keen eyesight, quick reflexes, and camouflage to survive as ground dwellers.

Cobweb Spiders, Family Theridiidae
Cobweb spiders include the familiar common house spider and the feared black widow. A large and diverse family, there are over 2,200 Theridiids worldwide.

Termites, Order Isoptera
Learn the habits and traits of termites. Termites belong to the order Isoptera.

Women Entomologists of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
A handful of women, each with a passion for insects, made significant contributions to the field of entomology throughout history. Women entomologists discovered new species, traveled the world to collect insects, published scientific papers in entomology journals, and even worked with Charles Darwin.

Aphids, Family Aphididae
Aphids are universally known as pests, but only a small percentage of the thousands of aphid species actually do much damage to plants. Insect enthusiasts will find aphids fascinating to study, and gardeners should learn more about their habits.

How Aphids Reproduce
Aphids change the way they reproduce, depending on environmental conditions.

Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius) - Profile
Bed bugs were thought to be a pest of the past, but these parasites have made a resurgence in recent years. Learn to recognize bed bugs, and understand their life cycle.

Learn About Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Halyomorpha halys
The brown marmorated stink bug, a native of eastern Asia, was discovered in several U.S. states in the past ten years. Its status as a serious agricultural pest makes its presence a cause for concern. Get to know this insect, and report any sightings to your county extension office.

Habits and Traits of Stink Bugs, Family Pentatomidae
Stink bugs may be friend or foe of the gardener, depending on the species. Some feed on plants, wreaking havoc in the garden, while others prey on insects, keeping pests under control. If you find a stink bug, be sure not to disturb it or you'll discover how they got their name.

Habits and Traits of Assassin Bugs, Family Revudiidae
What's cooler than an assassin bug? As their name suggests, these insects are skilled hunters and natural born killers. Which is good, if you have a garden full of pests. It's worth getting to know these beneficial bugs.

True Bugs, Order Hemiptera
When is a bug really a bug? True bugs belong to the order Hemiptera, described in this article.

Habits and Traits of Periodical Cicadas, Genus Magicicada
Every 13 or 17 years, cicadas emerge from the ground by the thousands. The periodical cicadas boast the longest life cycles in the insect world.

Entomology Glossary: B
Entomological terms that begin with the letter B.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter C.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter D.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter F.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter I.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter L.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter M.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter N.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter O.

Garden Pests - Identifying and Controlling Insect Pests in the Garden
Articles that offer tips for dealing with garden pests, including how to identify garden pests and how to control pests on your plants.

Household Pests - Identifying and Controlling Insects in Your Home
Articles on identifying and controlling household insect pests, and how to keep insect pests out of your home.

Stinging and Biting Pests - How to Control Stinging or Biting Insects
Though most insects don't cause us any harm, the ones that bite or sting can make our lives miserable. These articles offer tips on avoiding bee stings, mosquito bites, and other bad encounters with stinging or biting insects.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter G.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter E.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter H.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter P.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter R.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter S.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter T.

Harvestmen - Articles About Harvestmen or Daddy Longlegs
Daddy longlegs, or harvestmen, are often misidentified as spiders. They actually belong to an order all their own, the Opiliones.

Mayflies (Order Ephemeroptera)
Mayflies belong to their own order, the Ephemeroptera. They are aquatic insects as nymphs, and terrestrial insects as adults. Mayflies are important bioindicators of good water quality.

Caddisflies (Order Trichoptera)
Caddisflies are nocturnal as adults, and aquatic when immature. The caddisfly adults have silky hairs on their wings and body, which is a key to identifying a Trichoptera member.

Stoneflies (Order Plecoptera)
The stoneflies of order Plecoptera are aquatic and undergo incomplete metamorphosis. The nymphs live under rocks in well flowing streams.

Biological Water Quality Monitoring - Water Quality Monitoring through Macroinvertebrate Sampling
The health of our waterways is vital to life itself. Macroinvertebrate sampling is one method of assessing the quality of water in a stream, river, lake, or pond. Learn more about which aquatic insects and other organisms are bioindicators of good water quality, and which warn us of pollution.

Careers for Insect Lovers - Jobs for People Who Love Insects
Thinking about a career working with insects or spiders? Learn about interesting and unusual ways of turning your entomology interest into a job.

Insect Movies and TV Shows - Movies and TV Shows for Insect Lovers
Looking for a good movie starring insects? How about tv shows that feature bugs? You'll find them here.

Nerve-Winged Insects (Order Neuroptera)
The nerve-winged insects (Order Neuroptera) are a collection of odd-looking insects, most of which are predators. The group includes alderflies, dobsonflies, fishflies, snakeflies, lacewings, antlions, and owlflies.

Scorpionflies and Hangingflies (Order Mecoptera)
Scorpionflies and hangingflies have two pairs of long, membranous wings. The insects of the order Mecoptera primarily feed on dead or decaying organic matter.

Silverfish and Firebrats
Silverfish and firebrats are wingless insects in the order Thysanura. They're often found in human dwellings.

Beetles (Order Coleoptera)
The order Coleoptera is the largest group in the insect world, and comprises nearly a quarter of all the described animal species on Earth. With their hardened forewings, beetles are easy to recognize and fun to watch.

About Insects Blogroll - Find More Insect and Spider Blogs on the About Insects Blogroll
The official About Insects blogroll. If you like insects and spiders, you might like these blogs, too.

Cool and Unusual Insects and Other Arthropods
The world is full of unusual and interesting insects, from super-sized beetles to bird-eating mantids. Here's the place to explore the most unique members of the insect world.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Order Odonata)
The predacious dragonflies and damselflies are often thought of as aquatic insects, but this is not quite true. Juveniles are aquatic or semi-aquatic, but adults may range far from water.

Fleas (Order Siphonaptera)
Unless you study fleas for a living, these are probably not your favorite insects. Fleas are remarkably well-adapted for living as ectoparasites of furry mammals. Find out more about fleas here.

Photography of Insects
Insect photography is a challenging hobby and a great way to learn more about insect behavior. Enjoy these online galleries of photos, and find tips and ideas for how to take your own.

Roaches and Mantids (Order Dictyoptera)
Leathery forewings and long, segmented antennae characterize cockroaches and praying mantises. Learn more about these related insects here.

Stick and Leaf Insects (Order Phasmida)
Stick and leaf insects are difficult to see, but easy to recognize when you do spot one. As their names suggest, these members of the order Phasmida look like sticks or leaves.

Termites (Order Isoptera)
Despite their bad reputation for destroying man made structures, termites remain important decomposers throughout the world. Termites are fascinating insects, with complex social structures and remarkable engineering abilities.

Gifts for Insect Lovers - Toys, Games, and Other Gifts for Insect Lovers
Looking for a great gift for an insect lover in your life? These toys, games, and other gifts will please the bug enthusiast, both young and old.

True Bugs, Aphids, Cicadas, and Hoppers (Order Hemiptera)
Hemiptera comes from the Greek words

Volunteer Opportunities - Volunteer Opportunities for Insect and Spider Enthusiasts
Many scientists rely on help from

Winter Survival Strategies In Insects
Insects require sophisticated adaptations to live in harsh environments, to survive weather and climate conditions, and to avoid predators. These articles discuss insect adaptations that help them not only survive, but thrive.

Bug Books for Gardeners - Bug Books on Pests, Beneficials, and Controls for Gardeners
Every garden is going to have insects, for better or worse. Some are pests that feed on our crops and ornamentals, while beneficial insects help keep things in order. These bug books are written with the gardener in mind.

Centipedes and Millipedes - Articles About Centipedes and Millipedes
Centipedes and millipedes are often included in field guides to insects and spiders. These many-legged creatures do share common arthropod traits with their insect cousins, but are classified in their own classes taxonomically.

Books for Young Entomologists
Great resources in print for kids who want to learn more about insects and other arthropods.

Tools for Collecting and Studying Insects
Even an amateur entomologist needs a few tools to investigate insects up close. Learn what equipment you need, how to use it, and even how to make your own insect collecting tools.

Forensic Entomology - Insects Solving Crimes
CSI watchers might be familiar with the field of Forensic Entomology, the use of the insects to solve crimes. Find out how entomologists investigate crimes, and learn about some famous cases solved by insects.

How Insects Grow and Change
Invertebrates develop in much different ways than we do. All arthropods molt during their growth phase, and most insects appear in three of four different forms over their lifetime. These articles cover growth and metamorphosis of insects and other arthropods.

Insect and Spider Folklore, Proverbs, and Legends
Do you really swallow spiders when you sleep? Can you tell the temperature by counting a cricket's chirps? This is where you'll find the truth about all those legends, proverbs, and stories you've been told about insects and spiders.

Isopods - Pillbugs, Sowbugs, and Other Isopods
Isopods may be the closest relatives to insects, though they aren't insects at all. Isopods are terrestrial crustaceans.

How Insects Mate and Reproduce
It's a big world out there, and insects live at the bottom of the food chain. How do they survive with so many predators trying to eat them? Insects are highly successful at mating and reproducing, using their sheer numbers to continue their species.

Structures and Functions of Insect Bodies
Insect bodies are more complex than one might think. Like us, insects require body systems to function: respiratory, nervous, circulatory, and digestive. These articles detail the different organs and structures that make the insect a functional, living thing.

Pest Control Books
Need a good reference to help you with insect pest problems? These books will help you with all your pest control challenges.

Ticks & Mites
Ticks and mites, with eight legs and two body parts, are arachnids. From deer ticks to dust mites, members of the order Acari are not the most loved invertebrates on the planet, but they are interesting to study.

Insect Evolution
There is an entire system of insect classification based on their evolutionary history. Since insects impact the entire food chain, the fossil record of insects tells us much about other life on Earth as well. Even today, insects continue to evolve. This topic offers articles on evolution throughout history, and how insects are changing today.

Lesson Plans and Activities
Find lesson plans for teaching about insects, science fair project ideas, and other activities here.

Springtails (Order Collembola)
The order Collembola includes an estimated 2,000 species worldwide. The springtails propel themselves into the air by flicking their furcula, an appendage kept tucked beneath the abdomen until they need to make a quick escape from danger. These articles describe the characteristics and behaviors of the order Collembola, and profiles of the springtail families.

The Field of Entomology
Entomology, the study of insects, began informally as agricultural societies formed and emerged into a scientific field in the 1500's. Here, you will find articles on the field of entomology, including its history, current issues, and information on pursuing an entomology career.

In moderate numbers, aphids don't do as much harm to garden plants as one might think. But once you start seeing sooty mold or curled leaves, it's time to act. Page 5.

Bean Leaf Beetle
Multiple generations of bean leaf beetles may attack snap beans and other legumes in the home garden. Page 4.

Cutworms are so named for their annoying habit of cutting down seedlings, usually right at or near the soil surface. Page 3.

Cabbage Looper
The cabbage looper is primarily a pest of brassica crops, but will sometimes expand its smorgasbord to include everything from cantaloupe to tomatoes. Page 2.

Colorado Potato Beetle
Colorado potato beetles were once a pest of the west, but they migrated east by feeding on potato crops in the 1800's.