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Collecting & Preserving Techniques

  • Basic Pinning and Mounting Methods
    Courtesy of Insects International
  • Catching and Preserving Dragonflies
    Finally, mysteries explained! From the Odonata Information Network. This site now uses frames so I can't make a link that goes directly to this article without excluding the site's menu. You will have to go to home page and then select 'Collecting/Preserving' in the menu on the left side.
  • How to Make an Insect Collection by Roch Defayette
    In depth article with good illustrations. Covers collecting equipment, how to catch, spreading boards, pins, how to spread a butterfly, spreading other insects, storage and preservation, and more.
  • Lepidopotera Spreading Techniques
    An excellent instructional photo essay on spreading butterflies and moths, by Vernon Evans of the Utah Lepidoptera Society. PDF format. Acrobat Reader required.
  • Moth Collecting and Curation Techniques. Compiled by Bruce Walsh, at the Department of Ecology and Evolution Biology and the Center for Insect Science of the University of Arizona.
  • Photographing Butterflies
    Technical advice from Jakub Jasinski on butterfly photography. Hosted by www.Photo.net.
Online Entomological Databases
  • African Moths
    The aim of this site is to encourage the identification and recording of moths throughout the African continent.
  • Asia Beetles
    A developing online database of Asian Tiger Beetles. Photo catalog, papers, checklist, and links.
  • Blattodea Species File
    An online catalogue of world cockroaches.
  • Book of Insect Records, 2003, University of Florida
    The long and the short of it. All kinds of interesting factoids about insects.
  • BugGuide.net
    Identification, Images, & Information for Insects, Spiders & Their Kin or the United States & Canada.
  • Butterflies Downunder
    This website is dedicated to Australian butterflies and moths of which there are many unique and beautiful species. By Lance Matthews
  • Butterflies of Japan
    Excellent photograpy. With music.
  • Butterflies of North America
    A unique online encyclopedia of North American butterflies, with maps and pictures. Categorized by State, family, genus, species. If you don't have a book on butterflies, this may suffice! Hosted and maintained by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University and the NBII Mountain Prairie Information Node
  • Butterflies of Southeast Arizona & Butterflies of Northern Mexico
    Photo database.
  • California Butterflies and their native food plants
    University of California, Irvine. Photo database.
  • The Canadian Arachnologist
    "The Canadian Arachnologist is an annual newsletter, freely distributed the first week of May. The goals of this newsletter are to profile Canadian arachnologists, publish feature articles, announce conference details and other news of value, help foster a sense of community and encourage collaboration." Also featured on this web site is a sophisiticated, dynamic Nearctic Spider Database, which even provides maps. Spider lovers: you can't do better than this!
  • Cerambycidae de Guyane Française
    Bienvenue sur mon site des Cerambycidae de Guyane Française. Vous trouverez dans les pages qui suivent les photos de ma collection. Plus de cinq cents taxa y sont classés par tribus, genres et espèces. Les techniques et les périodes de captures sont également précisées. Au fil des pages, vous pourrez découvrir mes liens favoris, les photos des moyens utilisés en chasse ainsi que bien d'autres choses encore.
  • Dermestidae of the World
    Classiciation, photos, links, references and more.
  • Skap's Bug Stamps
    Online database of over 4,500 bug stamps. For display and reference only - no stamps for sale.
  • Cicada Pages Index
    Photo database From the University Of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, Insect Division.
  • Coleop-terra
    An excellent site out of Germany with all kinds of information on world beetles: Evolution, Morphology, Physiology and more - with beautiful pictures. Coming soon: a photo database of the holotypes of Coleoptera of the collection of the University of Hamburg.
  • Entomofauna~Guyane New listing flag
    Bienvenue dans le site consacré aux insectes de Guyane.
  • E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum
    "The E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum houses approximately one million specimens. The research collection included principally Nearctic insects, representing most orders and the major families thereof. The beetle family Carabidae is especially well represented: included are about 400,000 specimens mainly from the Nearctic region, but with an important Neotropical component, and fewer taxa from the remaining biogeographic regions. The moths and butterflies, order Lepidoptera, approximately 30,000 specimens mainly from Alberta localities, are another group of major interest. The E.H. Strickland Museum collections are in the process of being imaged and databased, and are available at the Virtual Museum."
  • Family Classification of Lepidoptera
    List of taxonomic hierarchy in outline format.
  • Hétérocères de Guyane Française
    Moths of French Guiana. Excellent work from some dedicated scientists.
  • Insectos de Nicaragua
    Checklists of many orders and families in insects found in Nicaragua.
  • Japanese Ants Color Image Database
  • Japanese Auchenorrhyncha Image Gallery
    Keiji Morishima's Japanese Auchenorrhyncha Image page with more than 70 high quality images of planthoppers, leafhoppers, cicadas and spittlebugs, photographed live.
    Lucanidae of the world. A visual identification of stag beetles.
  • World Lampryidae, Lycidae, Phengodidae, Drilidae, and Miscellany
    Literature search on world Cantharoids, such as fireflies, net-winged beetles, glow-worm beetles, and more.
  • Living With Bugs
    Accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information for solving common insect and mite problems around your home, business and landscape using least-toxic methods.
  • Mariposas Mexicanas
    Interactive Listing of Mexican Butterflies. The purpose of this website is to provide a centralized data resource for the study and enjoyment of the Mexican Butterflies. Our advisors, supporters and contributors include professional lepidopterists, collectors, butterfly photographers, butterfly watchers and enthusiasts all coming together to volunteer their efforts to create a community website that benefits everyone. Your input and resource contributions are encouraged and appreciated.
  • Moths and Butterflies of Georgia and the Southeastern United States
    Extensive database with good photos and excellent taxonomy.
  • Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa
    "The aim of this work is to provide a large iconographic sample of European moths and butterflies and, for each species, information about foodplants, breeding, life cycle. Come back soon! New pictures and data are frequently added." This is very nicely put together! - Clark
  • North American Moth Photographers Group
    Digital Guide to Moth Identification
  • Multimedia Album of the Subfamily Cerambycinae of Sarawak
    "The family Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) consists of beetles that attack dead trees or fallen logs and are of economic importance because their wood­boring larvae are destructive to plants and freshly cut logs. In Sarawak, the cerambycids are known to attack valuable timber from the family Dipterocarpaceae, Thymelaeaceae, Sapotaceae and Leguminosae. Thus, the cerambycids are regarded as pest to our wood-based industry."
  • Neotropical Butterflies (Nymphalidae) by Ing. Raimund Spruzina
    "I`ll try to create a very complete online database about neotropical butterflies especial about the family Nymphalidae, genera Prepona, Archaeoprepona, Anaeomorpha and Asterope (Callithea)."
  • Odonata Central
    Here you can find a checklist of Odonata for every state in the U.S. (soon with maps), county level database for the South-central U.S. that includes dot maps and pictures (still uploading). From John C. Abbott, Ph.D., Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas in Austin.
  • Odonata Information Network
    More resources on dragonflies and damselflies.
  • Odonata of Japan
    "In ancient times, Japan was called "Akitsu shima" which means a odonates' island, and also called "Toyo ashihara mizuho no kuni", a wet island having a rich crop. Because we Japanese have lived on rice for more than 2500 years with a huge number of odonates which emerge from paddy fields, they are the most familiar insects for us. I will introduce Japanese odonates with many photographs and topics."
  • Orthoptera Species File Online
    It just keeps getting better: The Orthoptera Species File (OSF) is a taxonomic database of the world's orthopteroid insects. It contains full synonymic and taxonomic information for over 25,000 species and genera (all taxa described prior to 1998) of the Tettigonioidea (katydids and haglids), Grylloidea (crickets), Acridomorpha (locusts and grasshoppers: Acridoidea + Eumastacoidea + Trigonopterygoidea + Pneumoroidea + Pamphagoidea), Tetrigoidea (pygmy grasshoppers), and Tridactyloidea (sand crickets), as well as images and sounds for many species. A database for the Gryllacridoidea will become available in the second half of 1999. This site also includes a searchable database of entomologists working on the Orthoptera.
  • Papilionidae of the World
    Obviously a labor of love.
  • Parides Genus
    Uniquement néotropical, la plupart des espèces de Parides sont ombrophiles. Leur nombre diffère en fonction des publications des différents auteurs allant de 34 à 36 espèces.
  • Pieris.ch
    Excellent database on Pierids of the world.
  • Rothschilda moths.
    Excellent photo database. Offers hi-res versions of images upon request.
  • Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic
    by A.R. Pittaway
  • Saturniidae World
    Photo database of worldwide Saturnid moths. German language.
  • Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic
    by A.R. Pittaway
  • Web Images of North American Moth Species
    There are approximately 10,500 identified species of moths in North America (north of Mexico). Surprisingly, there exist only a few somewhat readily available books that provide photographs of some of the adult forms and none that show more than a few larval forms of these insects. Each of those books provides a glimpse of less than 15% of the known species. This site has links to photos and drawings of nearly 1,600 moth species. By John Snyder, Dept. of Biology, Furman University, Greeneville, SC.
Theme web sites
  • Actias
    "The main goal of ACTIAS is to form an independent international meeting point about entomology, the place to discuss and trade insects and spiders."
  • Allpet Roaches (Blattodea)
    "This site is dedicated to the roach enthusiast and the aspiration of the author is to provide info and photos on all the roach species available in the hobby." (Slow loading - be patient.)
  • Amateur Entomologist - Butterly and Moth
    All kinds of insect lore on this site plus some very interesting animated graphics!
  • The Antlion Pit
    Here is one of the very few web sites with information on antlions.
  • Beetle Breeding Home Page
    Breeding Goliathus goliathus, Odontolabis gazella, Chalcosoma caucasus. Beetle diseases, photo gallery. English and German.
  • The Beetle Experience - American Beetles
    Here is an interesting site for the beetle hobbyist. Very high quality, artistic photos plus a page of recorded beetle sounds in the form of downloadable .RAM audio files. These sounds are quite scary if you have the volume turned up. Also, an excellent links page that links you to all the classifieds ads and discussion forums on the Internet that include Coleoptera.
  • Beetles on Stamps
    French language site for stamp collectors.
  • Some Butterflies of Amazonian Brazil
    For the month of May, 2003, Priscilla and Hank Brodkin, Wanda Dameron and Kim Garwood surveyed the butterflies at two sites: Fazenda Rancho Grande near Cacaulandia, Rondonia, from May 2 through May 13 and Cristalino Jungle Lodge near Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, May 15 through 26.
  • Butterflies of Bulgaria
    The web site of Dr Stanislav P Abadjiev M.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.E.S., Associate Professor (Entomology), Taxonomy, Faunology and Zoogeography Department, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. SPECIAL INTERESTS: Pieridae orbis terrarum, especially genera Leodonta, Pereute, Melete, Itaballia, Pieriballia, Perrhybris, Pareronia (history of research, taxonomy, phylogeny, chorology, bionomics).
  • Butterfly Conservation
    'Saving butterflies, moths, and their habitat'. A very well done web site based in the UK.
  • The Butterflies of Georgia (USA)
    Excellent photographs, reference links, glossary, and a dash of philosophy.
  • Carbidae of the World
    A relatively new web site. Includes a forum, database, links and more. Collaborators and photo contributors wanted.
  • Cerambycidae of the West Palaeartic Region
    A website devoted to longhorn beetles. Authored by Michal Hoskovec, PhD. (Insect Chemistry Group - Department of Natural Products, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry ASCR. Czech Republic) and Martin Rezjek, Phd. (School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK).
  • Cecropia Moth Life Cycle
    Storyboard with great photos. By Pete Honl.
  • www.Coleoptera.org
    A wealth of information about beetles.
  • Dannes djur (Danne's animals)
    This site from Sweden has many interesting pictures of live beetles, live mantids, and live leaf insects kept as pets by Danne. The question arises - how does he keep track of them all? Also, orchids and reptiles. Swedish/English pages.
  • Everything About Ladybugs!
    Your comprehensive resource for ladybug facts, crafts, products &: fun!
  • Garthe's Insect Gradebook
    About condition grading of insect specimens and the use of cedar oil as a dermestid repellent.
  • GiantSpiders.com
    The home page of Guy Tansley. This web site gives an all-round guide to the housing, feeding and general care of the worlds largest spiders - the theraphosids or tarantulas. Although focusing mainly on tarantulas, this site also offers an insight into the araneomorphs or 'true spiders' such as the giant wolf spider. (Member of the British Tarantula Society)
  • Goliathus.com
    Tomas Libich of Czech Republic offers extensive and excellent photography on his beetle breeding web site. In four languages: Czech, English, Japanase, and Chinese. Includes guestbook and links page.
  • The Goliathus Web Site
    Here is the best site I have ever seen on these beetles. Includes excellent photos, maps, and a comprehensive breeding manual: "These pages are devoted to the largest and heaviest of living beetles, the genus Goliathus of tropical Africa. There are five species in the genus: Goliathus goliatus, G. regius, G. cacicus, G. orientalis, and G. albosignatus. Additionally, there exists the rare regius X cacicus hybrid, known as G. atlas."
  • Heliconius Genera Web Site
    Dedicated to the Longwing butterflies of the Neotropics.
  • Heteroptera, un site pour les punaises (A site about true bugs)
    The objective of this site is to build an illustrated catalog of the World Tessaratomidae. It will take some time, as the author as not seen all species in this family, not yet photographied all the bugs he has seen, and more is not sure, for half of them, of the species they belong to. It will evolve with the knowledge of the author, so any contribution is welcomed (bugs, pictures, identification).
  • Hornetboy's Home Page
    A specialist in social wasps (hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps) shares his experiences, tips, and photos. Many interesting facts, even first aid instructions for stings. Plus a discussion forum.
  • Insect Collecting and Information for Kids
    Sponsored by BedBugs.org, for young entomologists. Link submitted by AfterSkoolKids.org
  • www.Insectgeeks.com
    "Insectgeeks is the only Social Network for Insect & Arachnid enthusiasts in the world! Here, you can upload your photos and videos (and rate them), subscribe to or create your own blogs (and leave comments), chat with other members (organized chatrooms), participate in forum topics (knowledge sharing), view and post classifieds (buy/sell/trade), create and manage your own profile (customized space)... all this and SO much more!"
  • www.Insects.org
    Attractive and organized. General entomology reference site.
  • Insectos de Chile
    A full-service informational website on insects of Chile (Spanish).
  • The International Lepidoptera Survey - Taxonomic Report
    The International Lepidoptera Survey is a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery, determination, and documentation, of new butterflies and moths around the world.
  • The Jewel Beetles Web Site
    Excellent links page! Awesome snail mail contacts for worldwide entomologists and suppliers.
  • Keith Edkins' Cambridge UK Insects
    A collection of insect photographs taken in my garden in Cambridge, England: many of them close-up views of small insects.
  • Lepidomania - Le Monde des Charaxes (The World of Charaxes)
    "This website is designed to facilitate the coming together of other people who are also fascinated by this group of butterflies and who would like to exchange information about them with like-minded enthusiasts. Do not hesitate to contact me about Charaxes (and related genera?) and I will endeavour to answer your questions to the best of my ability."
  • Massachusetts Cicadas
    Dedicated to the Study of the Cicadas of Massachusetts and New England.
  • Microcosmos
    Sally Ewens site dedicated to Mantids and Phasmids. Includes excellent links page. "The rearing of phasmids and mantids is still a relatively new phenomenon, and because of this it is important for everybody to share advice, breeding tips, and stories of both success and failure."
  • Musea Mariposas del Mundo
    The web site of a butterfly museum in San Miguel, Argentina. The collections are composed of over 70,000 specimens. Includes a Friends Association, ecology discussion, and Events Calendar. English/Spanish.
  • Nelson-Bohart Bug Gallery
    Insect photography showing pollination by wild bees, butterflies, crop damage, mimicry and camouflage.
  • New World Army Ants
    "The information presented here is the result of an ongoing revisionary study of the New World Ecitoninae, and should be considered preliminary. Although still in the early stages this information is being presented here in the hope that it will prove useful to other workers."
  • Paraguay Biodiversität
    New web site about biodiversity in Paraguay. Complete lists of Saturniidae and Sphingidae recorded for Paraguay and many other insects.
  • Parnassians
    "Snow butterflies". Beautiful creatures! Good links.
  • Pollinator.com
    For growers of crops that need pollination: your portal to pollination information and images.
  • Raising Butterflies
    Pretty darn good web site.
  • Saturniidae Web Site
    German and Swiss amateur entomologists exclusively dealing with the worldwide species of the families of Saturniidae.
  • The Small World of Invertebrates
    Information about caring for and breeding beetles, arachnids, millipedes, etc. Includes a nice photo gallery, as well as pages about entomological field trips and collecting in Cote d'Ivoire and France. (French and English)
  • Stag Beetles of Taiwan
    "Taiwan is an unique little island lying 140 km off the east coast of China. More than 50 species of stag beetles, family Lucanidae, are found in Taiwan (compared to 30 some species in Japan), and they greatly exemplify Taiwan's extraordinary insect diversity."
  • Thailand's Amazing Insects
    Photographed in the forests around Chiang Mai.
  • The World of Stick Insects
    The world’s largest website on Phasmatodea (stick insects). Bilingual, in English and German. Containing thousands of photos, a forum, literature, articles for scientists and amateurs.

Entomological Societies & Organizations

  • Bug People - Exploring California Insects
    Oakland's future scientists generate a study of California's insect fauna. BugPeople.org is a web-based entomology outreach program in the San Francisco Bay Area (especially Oakland). We are publishing web-based field guides to various parts of Northern California - but especially the San Francisco Bay Area. Identification services, photo bank, slide show, virtual insect collection, and much more.
  • The Bugwood Network
    Forest Pests of North America. Photo CD. Controlling Nantucket Pine Tip Moth Infestations in the Southeastern U.S. Georgia Drought Information. Top 50 Insects Important to Agriculture in Georgia. Public Health Entomology.
  • The Coleopterists Society
    An international society devoted to the study of beetles.
  • Dipterists Web Site
    A good place to contact other colleagues in the study of flies.
  • Entomological Livestock Group (U.K.)
    The E.L.G. was started back in 1978, the idea of a handful of English Butterfly & Insect breeders. Since then membership has risen, reaching around 300 in 1990 and today (Oct, 2000), standing at over 600 members worldwide. The ELG is a contact group for Butterfly and Insect breeders and we publish a news-letter every 2 weeks. The Newsletter is currently sent out by first-class mail to U.K. members and Airmail to all overseas members. E-Mail delivery is also available.
  • Entomological Society of America
    "..is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 6,000 members. This number includes educators, extension personnel, consultants, students, researchers, and scientists from agricultural departments, health agencies, private industries, colleges and universities, and state and federal governments."
  • Entomological Society of Latvia
    The Entomological Society of Latvia (LEB) was founded in 1951. It is the oldest active scientific association with biological orientation in Latvia and one of the oldest in the Baltic states. Our society includes 49 members (27 Latvian members and 22 members from another countries of the World) at present.
  • Georgia Lepidoptera
    Moths and Butterflies of Georgia and the Southeastern United States. James K. Adams, Dept. of Natural Science, Dalton State College, Dalton, GA.
  • Utah Lepidopterists' Society
    A non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to the study and enjoyment of all aspects of Lepidoptera, especially of Utah.
  • International Association of Butterfly Exhibitions
    "The International Association of Butterfly Exhibitions (IABE) was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2001 to assist member butterfly exhibitions with promotion of their facilities through use of cooperative marketing programs. We believe that through cooperative marketing, butterfly exhibitions will be able to better compete with other nearby attractions that seek to draw from the same limited group of visitors." Includes a very comprehensive list of butterfly houses throughout the world.
  • International Butterfly Breeders Association, Inc.
    The IBBA is an international, non-profit, membership-based trade association promoting high standards of ethics, competence and professionalism in the breeding of quality Lepidoptera for all purposes. We accomplish this through research, grower education, market development, and habitat conservation and restoration.
  • The Lepidopterists' Society
    Butterflies and moths are the focus of this international organization bringing together professional scientists and amateur enthusiasts to study and enjoy the Lepidoptera.
  • Monarch Watch
    The University of Kansas Entomology Program. Dedicated to education, conservation, and research..
  • Iowa State Links to Entomological Societies
    The Ultimate List!
  • The Israeli Lepidopterist's Society
  • Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil
  • Sonoran Arthropods Studies Institute
    Sponsors 'Invertebrates in Captivity' annual conference. Based in Tuscon, Arizona.
  • Southern Lepidopterists' Society
    The Southern Lepidopterists' Society was organized in 1978 to promote scientific interest and knowledge related to understanding the butterfly and moth fauna of the southern region of the United States. The society now includes members with a broad array of interests in Lepidoptera, including photography, watching, collecting, etc.

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