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Insects

Of the 382 animal taxa that I've found on our quarter acre, 306 (80.2%) 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!

Taxa summary

Hymenoptera

Ants, Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies

Hymenoptera (109)

Diptera

Flies

Diptera (61)

Lepidoptera

Butterflies and Moths

Lepidoptera (44)

Coleoptera

Beetles

Coleoptera (40)

Hemiptera

True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies

Hemiptera (33)

Odonata

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Odonata (7)

Orthoptera

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids

Orthoptera (5)

Neuroptera

Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies

Neuroptera (2)

Dermaptera

Earwigs

Dermaptera (1)

Ephemeroptera

Mayflies

Ephemeroptera (1)

Mantodea

Mantises

Mantodea (1)

Plecoptera

Stoneflies

Plecoptera (1)

Raphidioptera

Snakeflies

Raphidioptera (1)


  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.