View Full Version : Insect Identification Resources (Spiders, Butterflies, Dragonflies & More)

04-11-2007, 06:13 PM
There are some really great sites out there when it comes to identifying species - especially with the diversity we have here in Asia. Here lies a list of identification resources for various insects, if you find any more good ones drop a note here and we'll add it in.


1. Find-a-spider (http://www.usq.edu.au/spider/find/find.htm) - Excellent Spider identification site.
1. Arachnology (http://www.arachnology.org/) - International Society for Arachnology.
2. A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders (http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/a-spiders.htm) - Has scientific and English names with pictures and descriptions.
3. Brisbane Insects and Spiders (http://www.geocities.com/pchew_brisbane/) - Spiders, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, praying mantises, crickets, grasshoppers.
4. ISA Arachnoweb (http://www.arachnology.org/Arachnology/Arachnology.html) - A collection of resources compiled from Google using the SOAP service and filtered.
5. Spiderz Rule (http://www.spiderzrule.com/) - Information on Spiders, bites, anatomy with pictures and descriptions.
6. South Indian Spiders (http://www.southindianspiders.com/south-indian-spiders.htm) - 3 pages of spiders with thumbnails, scientific names, and some information. Most spiders can also be found here.
7. Canadian Arachnology (http://canadianarachnology.dyndns.org/data/canada_spiders/ImageSearchFamily.asp) - Tremendous database of spiders, thumbnailed images are a bit small but are of decent quality.
8. Jumping Spiders (http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eednieuw/australian/salticidae/Salticidae.html) - (Salticidae/Araneae) - Very comprehensive identifcation guide for Jumping Spider families.
9. Catalogue, Database and Diagnostic Drawings of Jumping Spiders (http://salticidae.org/salticid/main.htm) - (Salticidae/Araneae) - Very comprehensive database with good quality pictures.
10. Jumping Spiders - Salticidae (http://www.arachnology.org/Arachnology/Pages/Salticidae.html) - List of resources relating to Jumping Spiders and their Identification.
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12. Tree Of Life Web Project (Araneae/spiders) (http://tolweb.org/Araneae/2546) - Spiders categorized by genus, can be confusing to surf, but a large resource of info if searched


1. Butterflies of Singapore (http://www.geocities.com/hexaglider) - Has tips on butterfly watching and a good selection of photographs for identification.
2. Zoom Butterfly (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/) - A good introduction to Butterflys with identification tips for some species.
3. Butterfly Website (http://butterflywebsite.com/) - Has pictures, articles and more.
4. British Butterflies (http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/2006/home.asp) - A photographic guide of Butterflies in the UK.


1. Asia Dragonfly (http://www.asia-dragonfly.net/index.php) - Terrific (searcheable) resource for dragonflies and damselflies about Asia, searcheable by region.
2. Digital Dragonflies (http://www.dragonflies.org/catalog.htm) - A good selection with clear pictures by genus.
3. Dragon-flies (Odonata) (http://www.earthlife.net/insects/odonata.html) - Introduction with good general information.
4. A Beginners Guide to Dragonflies (http://ecoevo.uvigo.es/WDA/Beginners_Guide.htm) - A great starting place.
5. British Dragonfly Society (http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/home.htm) - Very good catalogue of UK species with pictures.

Various Other Bugs & General

1. Bugs in Malaysia (http://www.harink.com/%7Ebenjamin/malaysia.htm) - Good collection of bugs from cameron highlands, penang butterfly farm, and taman negara.
2. Tropical Bugs found in Malaysia (http://www.angelfire.com/yt/kpyehi2/) - Big list of all sorts of bugs found in malaysia, with scientific names.
3. Insect Collecting Methods (http://www.angelfire.com/yt/kpyehi/collecting.htm) - Useful tips on how to attract bugs.
4. Termite Identification (http://www.epestsupply.com/termite_identification.htm) - Pictures and text on how to do identify different types of Termite.
5. Thailand's Amazing Insect (http://www.thaibugs.com/) - Excellent bug identification site with over 2000 photographs of insects.
6. The Garden Safari (http://www.gardensafari.net/) - Good search engine for all kinds of bugs.
7. Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats (http://www.dpughphoto.com/index.htm) - Birds, butterfiles, spiders etc - pictures are decent enough for identification.
8. Discover Life -- Identification guides and checklists of plants and animals (http://pick4.pick.uga.edu/mp/20q?) - Many many bugs, frogs, flowers too! Decent pictures, with a checklist to run through to help ID.
9. Bob Patterson's Identified Moths of Maryland (http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Files/Live/BP/BPsite/moths300ident.shtml) - Loads of decent pictures of moths, with scientific names, for easy identification.
10. Bug Guide (http://bugguide.net/) - Identification, Images, & Information for Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
11. True Flies (http://www.dpughphoto.com/flies.htm) - Flies with classifications and pictures.

07-06-2009, 10:46 AM
Fellow members,

When writing down scientific names for your lovely shots on the insect world, please heed the proper conventions. You are using a system that has been labouriously created by Carolus Linnaeus and thousands of taxonomist, so it's only proper that we respect their painstaking efforts in the identification of species.

A proper species name consists of the name of its Genera and specific name, and both should either be italicised or underlined: Species - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Phylloscopus_trochiloides_NAUMANN.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Phylloscopus_trochiloides_NAUMANN.jpg/220px-Phylloscopus_trochiloides_NAUMANN.jpg"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/0/03/Phylloscopus_trochiloides_NAUMANN.jpg/220px-Phylloscopus_trochiloides_NAUMANN.jpg

For example, humans. It can be written as either:

1. Homo sapiens

2. Homo sapiens

3. Homo sapiens (wrong, a common mistake in this forum).

Another reason for this convention is to differentiate scientific names from generic/local names.

This thing has even been covered in PMR science, so please do not plea ignorance.

Let's lead by good example. Afterall, this contributes to the betterment in the learning of Science, the proper way.

Cheers. :)

01-08-2010, 11:12 PM
For fellow enthusiast in entomology, here is a guide to start your own bug collection:


Be a responsible collector, do not collect protected/endangered/threatened species in protected areas.