Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
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Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Instructions for Authors

If you have an idea for something you'd like to see published on this web site, create an article here. Articles will be accessed from an articles link in the main menu bar at the top of screen.

Articles should be consistent with the mission of the site. Articles will be for content that doesn't easily fit into guide pages and should be more formal that what you might consider for a forum topic.

Here's some ideas for articles:

Identification keys using photos from the guide
Frequently asked questions about particular subjects
Groupings of photos as quick identification guides
In-depth descriptions of behaviors such as mimicry
How to's such as attracting insects with native gardening or techniques for macro photography
Even formal articles that might otherwise be submitted to a journal

The content should be original, of course. If you're unclear whether something is appropriate for an article, post your query here. If you'd like to see a particular article, you may wish to enter a request here.

When creating your article just create your topic and include 'DRAFT:' as the first word in the title. Take as much time as you need and I would suggest that others refrain from commenting on works in progress.

When you are ready for others to comment change 'DRAFT:' to 'FOR REVIEW:'. You may wish to include questions for reviewers to answer.

After you receive comments you may wish to go back to DRAFT status. Once you're satisfied with the article, simply specify 'COMPLETE:' as the first word in the title. I'll periodically check this forum and move completed articles to the articles section of the web site.

Including "field marks"?
I've created a couple of simple ID guides for some tough moth ID challenges here in Central Texas which I'd like to upload as (draft) "Articles". Each uses images which *could* be uploaded to BG, but I employ Peterson Field Guide-type field mark pointers on each image. That's not something that is routine on images on species' guide pages. Would it be appropriate to upload such images with field mark pointers?

field mark pointers
If it's done neatly and clearly it certainly adds value to the guide. We do have some similar images like

Format Question
Excellent feature and one I hope to take advantage of. I'm wondering if there are any contstraints on formatting in the following context. I use a 23" monitor, will the way I format and see the article on my monitor adversely affect how the article appears on , e.g., a 17" monitor?
(note: I'm in the Atlantic Time Zone, so it's 6.28am (not 5.28am) here and quite light!)

Free Flowing
Text wraps to fit the width of the browser. Just make your browser window narrower and you'll see how it changes. The overall design of the website was to support a minimum width of 800 pixels.

I would suggest keeping formatting simple. You can use a variety of HTML tags, but if you use certain ones the automatic formatting gets turned off and you'll need to go straight HTML (using the tags that are allowed).

If you can't figure out how to do something in particular, let me know.

Text wrapping
You know every time I am using the site vertically tiled to compare photos....I am SO thankful that you created this feature. Especially that the search box is always visible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Comment viewing options
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