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Plate from Transactions of the Entomological Society, 1848.

Entomology is the scientific study of insects. At some 1.3 million described species, insects account for more than two-thirds of all known organisms, some dating back around 400 million years. They have many kinds of interactions with humans and other forms of life on earth.


  • AntWeb: leading online database on ants, storing specimens images and records, documenting over 490,000 specimens across over 35,000 taxa.
  • BugGuide: as of October 2014, it had 30,774 species pages and over 808,718 images.
  • eButterfly: online database of butterfly observations.
  • The Global Lepidoptera Names Index: database maintained by the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, London.

See also

Lepidoptera: Butterflies, Moths

Societies, Organizations

Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild

Arge HeLep (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Hessischer Lepidopterologen)

Association for Tropical Lepidoptera


Butterfly Conservation Society of Taiwan

Butterfly Society of Japan


Butterfly Society of Virginia

Carolina Butterfly Society

Connecticut Butterfly Association

Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society

Danish Lepidopterological Society

Hong Kong Lepidopterists' Society

Japan Heterocerists' Society

Japanese Society for Wild Silkmoths

Journal of Reseach on the Lepidoptera

The Lepidopterists of France

The Lepidopterists' Society

old site, last archived copy

Lepidopterists Society of Africa

Lepidopterological Society of Finland

Lepidopterological Society of Japan

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust

Monarch Watch

North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

Ohio Lepidopterists

Oreina, les papillons de France

Project Monarch Health

Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica

Societat Catalana de Lepidopterologia (SCL)

Societatea Lepidopterologica Romana

The Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists

Southern Lepidopterists Society

Utah Lepidopterists' Society

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Afro Moths

Austin Butterfly Forum

Australian Caterpillars and their Butterflies and Moths

Bill Oehlke's Catocala site

Binran, The Current Checklist of Japanese Butterflies

Biologia Centrali-Americana

Brahmaeidae Mundi

Breeding Butterflies

British Leafminers

British Lepidoptera

Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Butterflies of America

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia

Butterfly Conservation

The Butterfly Digest

Catalogue of the Lepidoptera of the French Antilles



Chris Grinter


DnB, the Database of nymphalids in Brazil

Eggs, Larvae, Pupae and Adult Buuterflies and Moths

Eurybia taxonomy

Exploring Moths of the Florida Keys

Forum Herbulot

Forum Lepidoptera

Garden Moth Scheme

Gelechiid Recording Scheme

Geometrinae - North American Emerald Moths of the US and Canada

Georgia Lepidoptera

Global taxonomic database of Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera)

Guam's Rare Butterflies and Snails

Hants Moths

Hawkmoths of Brazil

Heterocera of Estonia

Historical vs Recent Moth Illustrations - Joseph G Kunkel

Hosts: Caterpillar Hostplants Database

Identification Guide Of Japanese Moths

Identities of the “Taygetis” butterflies of Costa Rica

Lepidoptera of Southeastern Arizona

International Lepidoptera Survey - The Taxonomic Report

Lep Log

Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC

Lepidoptera Dissection

Lepidoptera Dissection Group

Lepidoptera of Crimea

Lepidoptera of Finland

The Lepidoptera of Portugal

Lepidoptera Online

Lepidopteran Pests of India

lepidopteres and co


LepiMAP - Atlas of African Lepidoptera



Leps-l Lepidoptera Listserver

Leps from Home

Les Sphingidae de France

Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae



Montgomeryshire Moth Group

Moth Dissection

Eggs, Larvae, Pupae and Adult Buuterflies and Moths

Moth Paintings

Moth Photographers Group

Moth Traps UK


Moths - Jim des Rivieres

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Moths and butterflies of Sweden

Moths Ireland

Moths of Africa

Moths of Borneo

Moths of Canada

Moths of North Dakota

Moths of the Eastern United States


National Butterfly Monitoring Program in Israel

Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world

Noctuidae of North America - Nomina Insecta Nearctica



Norbert Kondla

Nymphalidae Systematics Group

Pacific Islands Lepidoptera

Pacific Northwest Moths

Papilionoidea of the World

Parasitoid-Caterpillar-Plant Interactions in the Americas

Phero Net


Portal fur Schmetterlinge / Raupen

Pteron World

Pterophoroidea: Plume moth information resource


Raising Butterflies

Rhopalocera.com (Butterflies of Palaearctics)

Rio Grande Valley Butterflies


Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic

Saturniidae World


Silk Base

The Skeptical Moth

South Carolina Moths Searchable Checklist

Southwest Moths

Sphingidae Museum - Czech Republic

  • see Museums section, below

Sphingidae of France

Sphingidae of Southeast-Asia

Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic

Sphingidae of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Sphingidae of the United States

Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic

Sphingidae of the World (Sphingidae Mundi)

Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory



Tortricids of Agricultural Importance

Tropical Lycaenidae

Tropical Moths


UK Moths

Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. - Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

Werkgroeop Bladmineerders

Wild Silk Moths of Indonesia

World's Largest Saturniidae Site

Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Garden at Oleander Acres RV Resort

Archaeognatha: Bristletails, Microcoryphia

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Bristletails of North America

Blattodea: Cockroaches, Termites

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Cockroach Species File Online

Termites of the World

Coleoptera: Beetles

Societies, Organizations

Cerambycid Primary Types of the Smithsonian Institution

Cerambycid Research

The Coleopterists Society

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

A review of the Cholevinae from the island of Borneo (Coleoptera, Leiodidae)

Aderidae: Puppet Beetles

Anatolian Weevil Website

Beetles of Borneo

Beetles of Mauritius

British Weevils

Cephaloleia beetles

Cholevinae of the World

Coccinellidae of the Indian Subcontinent

Cryptocephalinae of the World

Desert Beetles

El Escarabajario; Cría de escarabajos en México

Emerald Ash Borer


Escarabajos de México ID

Hyperomma of New Zealand

International Weevil Community Website

Jewel Beetle News

JKim's Collections

Lepturines of the Pacific Northwest

Lissotes working-group

The Lost Ladybug Project

Molecular Phylogenetics of Tenebrionidae

MX Species File - Entiminae

Nearctic Agrilus

The Pselaphinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) of Bulgaria

Red Palm Weevil Genome Project

Scarabaeinae dung beetles

The Scarabaeinae Research Network

Scarabaeoid Beetles of Pench Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh, India)


UK BAP Beetles Project

Western Hemisphere Caraboidea

World Elmidae

Xyleborini Ambrosia Beetles

Xyleborini Species File

Collembola: Springtails, Snow Flies

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Collembola Species File Online

Dermaptera: Earwigs

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Dermaptera Species File

Diptera: True Flies, Mosquitoes

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs


Australasian Asiloidea


British Scathophagidae

British Sepsidae

Calliphoridae Recording Scheme

The Diptera of Iberian Peninsula, Andorra, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira

The Diptera Site


Empidoidea of Scandinavia

European Micropezids & Tanypezids

Flesh Flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae)

Las moscas de las flores (Syrphidae) de Colombia


Lonchaeidae Online

Mosquito monitoring site

Parasitoids of Fruit-Infesting Tephritidae

Phlebotominae NHM Types


Scatopsoidea online

Simuliidae (Black Flies)

Suomen dipteratyöryhmä: Finnish Expert Group for Diptera

Syrphidae Community Website

Systematics and taxonomy in scuttle flies

Tachinid Recording Scheme


Taxonomy and ecology of black fungus gnats of Ukraine

World Asilidae

Embioptera: Webspinners, Footspinners

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Embioptera Species File Online

Ephemeroptera: Mayflies

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Systematics of the Prosopistomatidae (Ephemeroptera)


Hemiptera/Heteroptera (True Bugs): Cicadas, Aphids, Planthoppers, Leafhoppers, Treehoppers, Shield bugs

Societies, Organizations

The International Heteropterists' Society

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Aphid Species File

British Psyllids

The Bulgarian Cicadidae

Checklist of the type material of Hemiptera: Heteroptera deposited at the Museo de La Plata, Argentina


Cicadellidae of the Pacific


Coleorrhyncha Species File Online

Coreoidea Online

Coreoidea Species File Online

Deltocephalinae Species File


Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae)

Leatherbugs of the World

Lygaeoidea Species File

Membracoidea Species File

Neotropical Leafhoppers

Psylloidea of Bulgaria



Urostylididae Online

VC53/54 Auchenorrhyncha

Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, Ants, Sawflies

Societies, Organizations

Bee City USA

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Aenictinae of Europe

Afrotropical Pteromalidae

Anthophila: an online repository of bee diversity

The Ants of Bulgaria

Ants of Greece

Ants of Lower Volga

The Ants of Singapore

Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (BIML)

Bumblebees of The World

Checklist of the Bee Fossils (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)

Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)

Chrysididae Species File

Cirrospilini of the World


Encarsia Online



Genus Bombus

Hymenoptera of Gibraltar

Hymenoptera of the British Isles

Hymenoptera of the Iran

Identification key to the European genera of bees (Insecta: Apoidea)

INH Insect Collection (Membracoidea)

Iranian Braconidae

Key to the genera of Doryctinae of the world

Leucospidae of Switzerland

Megaphragma: The smallest insects in the world

Microgastrinae Wasps of the World

MX Species File - Chalcidoidea

MX Species File - Wharton Lab

New Zealand Hymenoptera

Nocturnal Ichneumonoidea of the British Isles


Pheidole tramp ants

The Proctotrupidae (Hymenoptera) of the World

Research on Chalcidoid Systematics - Doug Yanega

Suomen pistiäistyöryhmä - Finnish Expert Group on Hymenoptera

The Western Palearctic Mutillidae

Xylicolous, solitary predatory and parasitic wasps (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Balkan Peninsula

Mantodea: Mantida

Societies, Organizations

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Illinois Mantids

Mantis Study Group

Mantodea Species File Online

The Praying Mantis Shop

Project Mantodea

World of Mantids

Megaloptera: Alderflies, Dobsonflies, Fishflies

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Neuroptera (and Neuropterida): Lacewings, Mantidflies, Antlions

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Notoptera: (Wingless Insects) Rock Crawlers, Ice Crawlers, Gladiators

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Grylloblattodea Species File

Mantophasmatodea Species File

Odonata: Dragonflies, Damselflies

Societies, Organizations

====Atropos (see details under Lepidoptera)

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Bogfoot.net - a site by Jim Johnson

The Dragonfly Woman

Iberian Odonata



Orthoptera and Polyneoptera: Grasshoppers, Locusts, Crickets, Katydids

Societies, Organizations

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Orthoptera Interactions Bank

Orthoptera Species File Online

Polyneoptera Species File Online

Paraneoptera: Bark Lice, True Lice, Thrips, Hemipterans

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Paraneoptera Species File Online

Phasmatodea: Stick Insects, Leaf Insects, Walking Insects, Bug Sticks

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Phasmida Interaction Bank

Phasmida Species File Online

Plecoptera: Stoneflies

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Illiesia, International Journal of Stonefly Research

Plecoptera Species File

Psocodea (Phthiraptera, Psocoptera): Bark Lice, Book Lice, True Lice

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Psocodea Species File Online

Siphonaptera: Fleas

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Distribution of British Fleas

Trichoptera: Caddisflies

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Neotropical Trichoptera

Zoraptera: Angel Insects

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

Zoraptera Species File

Other Arthropods: Araneae: Spiders

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

World Spider Catalog

Other Arthropods: Ixodida: Ticks

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

The Hard Ticks (Ixodidae) Information Site

General Entomology

Societies, Organizations

Acadian Entomological Society

Aiena (Association of Indian Entomologists in North America)

Alaska Entomological Society

Amateur Entomologists' Society

American Entomological Institute

The American Entomological Society

Arkansas Entomological Society

Association des Entomologistes Amateurs du Québec

Australian Entomological Society

Austrian Entomological Society

Belfast Naturalists' Field Club

British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS)

Bug Closet - The Entomological Society of Central Florida

Cambridge Entomological Club

Center for Systematic Entomology (CSE)

Chilean Society of Entomology

Columbian Society of Entomology

Connecticut Entomological Society

CV Riley Entomological Society

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society

Entomofaune du Québec

Entomological Association of Bern

Entomological Collections Network

Entomological Livestock Group

Entomological Research Society

Entomological Society of Alberta

Entomological Society of America

Entomological Society of Brazil

Entomological Society of British Columbia

Entomological Society of Canada

Entomological Society of Central Florida

Entomological Society of China

Entomological Society of Egypt

Entomological Society of Iran

Entomological Society of Japan

Entomological Society of Korea

Entomological Society of Latvia

Entomological Society of Malta

Entomological Society of Manitoba

Entomological Society of New South Wales

Entomological Society of New Zealand

Entomological Society of Ontario

Entomological Society of Pennsylvania

Entomological Society of Queensland

Entomological Society of Saskatchewan

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

Entomological Society of Victoria

Entomological Society of Washington

Entomologische Gesellschaft Zürich

https://www.insekten-egz.ch/ https://www.facebook.com/InsektenEGZ/

Entomologischer Verein Apollo

Entomologisk Fagudvalg

Flemish Entomological Society

Florida Entomological Society (FES)

German Society for Applied Entomology

Michigan Entomological Socety

Great Lakes Entomologist

Hawaiian Entomological Society

Hellenic Entomological Society

Hrvatsko Entomološko Društvo

International Association of Black Entomologists

Italian Entomological Society

Kansas Entomological Society

Lancashire & Cheshire Entomological Society

Lietuvos Entomologų Draugija (Lithuanian Entomological Society)

Lorquin Entomological Society

Maine Entomological Society

Maryland Entomological Society

Mississippi Entomological Assoc

Münchner Entomologische Gesellschaft

Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging

New York Entomological Society

Niagara Frontier Entomological Society

Norwegian Entomological Society

Oregon Entomological Society

Pacific Coast Entomological Society (PCES)

Pollinator Partnership

Polish Entomological Society

Royal Entomological Society

Royal Entomological Society of Antwerp

Russian Entomological Society

Senckenberg Nature Research Society

Sociedad Entomológica Argentina (SEA)

Sociedad Mexicana de Entomología

Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil

Société d'Entomologie africaine

Société d'Entomologie du Québec (SEQ)

Société Fribourgeoise d'Enomologie

Société entomologique Antilles-Guyane (S.E.A.G.)

Society of Southwestern Entomologists

South Carolina Entomological Society

Swiss Entomological Society

Taiwan Entomological Society

Tennessee Entomological Society

Thomas Say Entomological Society

Toronto Entomologists' Association

Urban Entomological Society

Utah Bug Club

Vermont Entomological Society

W.B. Alwood Entomological Society

Wisconsin Entomological Society

Young Entomologist's Society (Pakistan)

Young Entomologists' Society (Y.E.S.)

Forums, Databases, Identification, Blogs

3I Interactive Keys and Taxonomic Databases


Aquatic Insects of Nahuel Huapi National Park

Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds and more


Arthropoda Species File Online

Arthropods of Colorado & Wyoming

Austin Bug Collection

Backyard Nature with Jim Conrad

Bell's Bugs, Etc

Biodiversity in Belize

Bryan Reynolds Nature Photographer

Bug Eric

Bug Guide

Bug Gwen

Bug Tracks

Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification

Charley Eiseman

Colin Hutton Photography

Collections For All

CVe Virtual Entomology Community

D Reed Photography

Dipterocarp Seed Predators

Dorit Eliyahu

Endopterygota (Holometabola) Insects

Entomo Blog

ENTOMO-L listserver


Entomology Info (Russia)

Ethoikos Biodiversity Database

Euroasian Entomological Journal

European Forensic Insects

Field Guides - Field Museum

Garden Safari

Gunnar Brehm



The Inquisitive Anystid

Inscta Baskunchakiensis

Insect and Spider Collections of the World

Insect Collectors' Forum


Insecta Mundi

InsectNet Forum

Insectos en México

Insects in the City

Insects of Guam

Jeff's Nature Home Page

Lakeside Endeavors

Leaf Litter Arthropods of MesoAmerica

LSID (Life Science Identifier)

Magnolia Press

Matienzo Karst Entomology Project Knowledge gateway

MX Species File


Nic.funet.fi - Insecta

Papua Insects Foundation


Species File Group

Staffordshire Biological Records Centre

SW U.S. Arthropods

Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network


TC Digital Photography

Terrestrial Arthropods of Cyprus

Texas Entomology

Tree of Life Web Project

TX-ENTO listserv

Veterinary and Forensic Entomology at the NHM London

World Moths, Wildlife & Travels

Conservation Areas, Public Viewing, Study & Protected Areas

Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), northwestern Costa Rica

Brenton Blue Trust

National Butterfly Center

Oleander Acres RV Park

Southwestern Research Station

Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan (SBAP)

Entomological Books, Supplies, Specimens

Alpha Scents

Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies

Apollo Books

Atelier Jean Paquet

Atrpos Books

B&S Entomological Services

Bee Pods


Bioform Entomology & Equipment

BioQuip Products


Cahurel Entomology


China Scientific Book Services

Collector's Secret

EntDesign, LLC


Entomological Reprint Specialists

Entomological Research Publishers

Entomologie Meier München



Entomoravia - Austerlitz Insect Pins

Fiebig - Lehrmittel

Fruit Fly Shop

Heterocera Press

HH Elements, Inc

Insect Creations

Insects Limited

KMK Scientific Press Ltd

Kunming Biohome Technology


LepTraps, LLC

Les insectes du Québec

No Bug Shop

Pemberley Natural History Books


The Pherobase

Rose Entomology

Santa Fe Traps

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm

The Silkworm Shop

U-Chemo Holding Co, Ltd


Viking Metal Cabinet Company

Watkins & Doncaster

Wedge Entomological Research Foundation

Events, Courses, Festivals, BioBlitzes

Arizona Insect Festival

Backyard Bark Beetles

The Bee Course

Biology of Butterflies Conferences

===Convención Nacional de Arácnidos Oficial (Official National Arachnid Convention)

The Lep Course

Eagle Hill Institute

The Hym Course

Ianni Butterfly Enterprises


Lepidoptera Course

Moth Night

National Moth Week

Texas Butterfly Festival

TV Shows, Movies, Theatre

Acorn the Nature Nut

The Dark Divide


Universities, Colleges, Museums

Cornell University - Dept of Entomology

Blog, Extension/Outreach Assistantship

Danforth Lab

Dept of Entomology

Insect Collection

Insect Diagnostic Lab

Jason Dombroskie Lab

Jeffrey G Scott

New York State Integrated Pest Management

Pollinator Network

Scaffolds Fruit Journal

Shelton Lab

Florida State Collection of Arthropods

Furman University

John Snyder

Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Georgetown University

Ries Lab of Butterfly Informatics

Louisiana State University

Lord Lab

Michingan State University

Dept of Entomology

Young Entomologists' Society (Y.E.S.)

Mississippi Entomological Museum

Moscow State University

Department of Entomology

Museo Mariposas del Mundo

National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), Mexico

Penn State University - Dept of Entomology

Frost Entomological Museum

Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University

Department of Entomology

Sphingidae Museum - Czech Republic

Swedish Museum of Natural History: Zoology Dept

Texas A&M University

Aggie Women in Entomology

Bug Hunter

Center for Invasive Species Eradication

Cotton Insect Management Guide

Department of Entomology

Eubanks Lab

Field Guide to Common Texas Insects

Honey Bee Lab

Horticulture IPM

Insect Physiology & Behavior Research Group

Insects in the City

Kissing Bugs

Lacewing Digital Library

Landscape IPM

Livestock Veterinary Entomology

Mosquito Safari

School Integrated Pest Management

Society of Southwestern Entomologists

Texas Apiary Inspection Service

Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project

Texas IPM Program

Texas Master Beekeeper Program

Tick App

Urban and Structural Entomology Program

Vegetable IPM

Thomas Witt Museum

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Laboratório de Entomologia

University of Alaska Fairbanks

KWP Lepidoptera Collection

University of Arizona

Univ of Arizona’s Insect Collection

===University of Connecticut (UCONN)

David Wagner's Entomology Lab

University of Florida

Entomology and Nematology Department

Florida Museum (and McGuire Center)

University of Michigan


Museum of Zoology, Division of Insects

University of New Mexico

Kelly B Miller Lab

Natural History Collection Club

University of Texas

Biodiversity Center

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Department of Integrative Biology

Odonata Central

School of Biological Sciences