Insect Identification
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There are over 1 million identified species of insects and spiders in the world with many more awaiting discovery. Insects provide a mostly overlooked - and often times misunderstood - window into our fragile ecosystem that involves perfect balance of millions of components. In many ways, insects allow our comfortable world to exist through providing consumable goods, useful consumer products and answers to lingering scientific questions - understanding insects is a small step in understanding the very world you live in.

Spiders
Spiders
species of spider make their home in North America.
Beetles
Beetles
The largest order in the animal kingdom, 25,000 species in US/Can.
Bees, Ants and Wasps
Bees, Ants & Wasps
Representing the most common in North America.
Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies / Moths
Moth species outnumber butterflies by a ratio of twelve-to-one.
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Dragonflies / Damselflies
Makes up of over 450 species in North America alone.
Centipedes
Centipedes
Perhaps the creepiest of all insects - helpful for pest control.
Earwigs
Earwigs
Their imposing appearance leads many to fear these critters.
Alderflies and Dobsonflies
Alderflies, Fishflies & Dobsonflies
43 species make up this group found in North America.
Grasshoppers and Crickets
Grasshoppers / Crickets
North America provides no fewer than 1,200 species of this group.
True Bugs
"True" Bugs
Piercing and sucking mouthparts distinguish this group.
Walkingsticks and Timenas
Walkingsticks / Timenas
40 species of the known 3,000 reside in North America.
Cicada and Similar
Cicada and Similar
Every American recognizes the song of the Cicada.
Flies
Flies / Mosquitoes
North America is home to nearly 20,000 known species.
Mantids of North America
Mantises
Amazing creatures of the summer months.
Scorpion or Scorpionlike
Scorpion / Scorpion-like
Windscorpion, Pseudoscorpion and Whipscorpions.
Cockroaches
Cockroaches
Cockroaches represent some of the most resilient insects.
BugFinder - Insects by Color or State
BugFinder allows for a quick search of the database by selecting primary color, secondary color, number of legs and the territory or state in question. If only one Primary color is present, select it again for Secondary color.
Primary Color:
Secondary Color:
Number of Legs:
State/Province: