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Insect Respect
Now who do you suppose tidies up our Earth and recycles all the debris left by animals and the natural processes that occur in the environment?  That's right, those industrious hard-working little insects.  Insects are absolutely necessary in the processes of the balance of nature.   Besides cleaning up and recycling, they:  are the major pollinators of fruits and flowers, provide food for other animals (they are the food!), provide products (honey, silk, etc.),  eat other harmful insects, some act in partnership with other plants and organisms, and they keep the soil loose so that the roots of plants can grow. All these benefits from such tiny creatures. 
So, watch your step!  They deserve our respect and appreciation, don't you agree?
 
Insectclopedia
Insectclopedia
An encyclopedia of i
nsects and related fields.  Species links, searchable database, bug I.D., definitions, online resources, hobbies, insect control, medical links, and bugfood. Note:  Edible insects contain superior nutritional content, but not all insects are edible. Some insects are toxic!!
 
Insects on WWW
Huge list of links related to entomology.
 
Insecta
Insecta
The Spencer Entomological Museum (University of British Columbia) has about 600,000 insect specimens in its collections.  Take a tour of the museum (click on The museum is...) and you can see how the specimens are carefully labeled and preserved in wooden cases with tight fitting glass lids. Some specimens are preserved in alcohol.  Why are museum collections important?
Insect Lore contains the Family tree of the class Insecta, and a glossary.
Bugs of the Month provides scientific information and photographs of some of the museum insect guests (all the insects have been bugging the curator to take their pictures!)
Future additions to this website will be: Careers in Entomology, The Insect Popularity Contest, Heads Bodies and Legs, and Medical Entomology: The Bugs on You.  (We're just itching to learn more, aren't you?)
 
Bugs Bugs: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Pollinators, pests, and the not-so-pretty.
(U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Beltsville Area, Maryland)
Smithsonian
 


Entomology - Department of Systematic Biology

Smithsonian's BugInfo provides interesting facts, information sheets and links to resources pertaining to insects.  (Encyclopedia Smithsonian)
 

Insecta Inspecta
The building of Insecta Inspecta World was the culmination of a year long research activity of the Thornton Jr. High School Honors Academy, conducted under the review of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Learn a bit more about ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, crickets, fleas, mantids,  mosquitoes, termites, true bugs, and interesting facts about bugs.
 
Entomology Index
Iowa State University's directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet provides a wealth of resources, including: Bibliographies, Checklists, Collections, Companies, Databases, Directories, Image Galleries, Institutions, Integrated Pest Management, Keys, K-12 Resources, Lesson Plans, Online Courses, Pesticides, Sounds of Insects and much more.
 
Bug Bios
Bug Bios looks into the past to discover the importance of insects in human culture and Earth's biodiversity.
Click on entophiles and then the various groupings.  Photographs are from Ecuador, Brazil, California, and Hawaii (click on picture to bring up description, and then click on photographic enlargement for a detailed "bug's eye view").
Click on Entolinks for a list of reviewed insect-related Web sites which will provide thousands of links to entomological information.
"With few visible flowering plants in tropical rainforests, insects have been named the flowers of the jungle."
 
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis Bug Show - The cycle of changes some insects go through as they develop from birth to adult stage. (Graphic illustrations, EPA Masterbug Theatre)
 
Lepidopterans - 
Caterpillars
Butterflies
Moths
Skippers

Lepidopterans - Encyclopedia Brittanica
Caterpillars of Pacific Northwest Forests and Woodlands
- scroll down to Table of Contents.
Caterpillars of Eastern Forests - scroll down to Table of Contents.
Butterflies of North America
Moths of North America
Web Images of North American Moth Species
 
Rearing Butterflies and Moths
- read recommendations and warnings of The Unexpected - you may be surprised by what emerges from the chrysalis or cocoon you have nurtured.
Note:  Do not collect specimens on public lands without first determining if  permission or collecting permits are required.

Also see our Mega Resource Directories page for Lepidoptera and Entomology/Biology lists of worldwide website links.
 

What's this
Caterpillar?

" What's this caterpillar? "
has information to help you identify caterpillars in Britain and Europe.  Over 800 species listed.  Look for the picture of the camera to find pictures of species.  Link provided to their partner site:
" What's this North American Caterpillar? "
 
Myrmecology
Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants.  This site contains a searchable database, links to ants in specific locations around the world, ant facts, images, an introduction to Myrmecology, and other helpful links, activities and information.
 

 

Dragonfly

Ant

Leaf cutting ant



Credit: insectimages.org
Honeybee covered
with pollen



Credit: insectimages.org

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