Life on a Quarter Acre

Insects

Of the 432 animal taxa that I've found on our quarter acre, 345 (79.9%) are insects. [1]

Since insects are so small and numerous, it's not surprising that they are often not easy to identify. And although there are experts on iNat that will help identify your insects, it often takes a while.

If you can't stand the suspense, you can always send your photo to BugGuide. But no matter how long you wait or whom you ask, don't expect all of your observations to be IDed to species.

Even a good insect photo can often only be IDed to genus, and sometimes only to family, subfamily, or tribe. There are, after all, about 1000 insect families!

Hymenoptera

Hymenoptera

Ants, Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies (114)

Diptera

Diptera

Flies (70)

Coleoptera

Coleoptera

Beetles (53)

Lepidoptera

Lepidoptera

Butterflies and Moths (48)

Hemiptera

Hemiptera

True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies (40)

Odonata

Odonata

Dragonflies and Damselflies (7)

Orthoptera

Orthoptera

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (5)

Neuroptera

Neuroptera

Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies (3)

Dermaptera

Dermaptera

Earwigs (1)

Ephemeroptera

Ephemeroptera

Mayflies (1)

Mantodea

Mantodea

Mantises (1)

Plecoptera

Plecoptera

Stoneflies (1)

Raphidioptera

Raphidioptera

Snakeflies (1)

Taxa summary

LQA iNat taxa

LQA first iNat observations


  1. The Smithsonian Institute estimates 80% of the world's animal species are insects. So the percentage in my yard is near the world-wide value.