Insects and Arthropods

Insects and Arthropods

Photo by Laura Kimberly

Books (alphabetical by title)

Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees, Beatriz Moisset and Stephen Buchmann, A USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication, 2011, 40 pp.

Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada, Lynn Frierson Faust, University of Georgia Press, 2017, 356 pp.

Guide to Observing Insect Lives, Donald Stokes, Little, Brown and Company, 1983, 371 pp.

Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies, Sara Lewis, Princeton University Press, 2016, 223 pp. index.

Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, Howard Garrett & C. Malcolm Beck, University of Texas Press, 2005, 202 pp.

Field Guides (alphabetical by title)

A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects, Bastuann M. Drees and John A. Jackman, Gulf Publishing Company, 1998, 359 pp.

Beetles of Eastern North America, Arthur V. Evans, Princeton University Press, 2014, 560 pp.

Butterflies of North Texas: A Guide to Common and Notable Species, Roland Wauer, Quick Reference Publishing, laminated pamphlet.

Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History, David L. Wagner, Princeton University Press, 2005, 512 pp. 

Common Insects of Texas and Surrounding States: A Field Guide, John Abbott and Kendra Abbott, University of Texas Press, 2020, 446 pp.

Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America, Jeffery H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Princeton University Press, 512 pp.

Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs, Second Ed., Whitney Cranshaw an David Shetlar, Princeton University Press, 2018, 704 pp.

Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America, Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. This resource includes a host plant list. 

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America: The Easiest Guides for Fast Identification, Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman, Hillstar Editions, L.C. 2007, 390 pp.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America,Seabrooke Leckie & David Beadle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018, 640 pp.

Spiders of Texas: A Guide to Common and Notable Species, Valerie G. Bugh, Quick Reference Publishing, laminated pamphlet.

Organizations and websites The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. The Texas A&M Agrilife site provides current information for the public. Whether it’s termites or fire ants, white grubs or aphids…if it’s an insect pest, they’ll try to provide you with the best in science-based, pest management solutions. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. As a science-based organization, we both conduct our own research and rely upon the most up-to-date information to guide our conservation work. Key program areas are: pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, and reducing pesticide use and impacts. Texas Beekeepers Association was formed in 1880 to provide an environment where established beekeepers could meet and share methods and experiences, while learning new techniques and discovering new research. It’s focus, then and now, is about the honey bee, it’s survival and management.  Over the past twenty years native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. This is a citizen science project to uncover what is happening with lady bugs. Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is a charitable 501-(c)-3 non-profit corporation bringing together old, new and aspiring beekeepers in the Dallas area.

inaturalist  iNaturalist is a social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe.  iNaturalist may be accessed via its website or from its mobile applications.
A key to identify insect orders in Michigan and beyond.

Social Media The Xerces society page. What Kind of bug is this? A group of insect enthusiasts.


iNaturalist: iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users. It is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. 

Seek: The Seek app (free on iOS), developed by iNaturalist, combines the gamification and collection aspects of Pokémon Go with exploration of the natural world. It works like this: The app uses your general location to populate a list of plants and animals you’re likely to encounter in the area, and each plant and animal listing in the app also includes photos and useful facts.  You can then snap photos of those species as you come across them, adding them to your virtual collection in the app.

Insect lists for North Texas from iNaturalist



True bugs (Hemiptera):



Entomology 101: Why Study Insects? by Molly E. Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Board Certified Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Bexar County. Click here.



Especially for children

Bugs: A Stunning Pop-up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy-Crawlies, George McGavin, Candlewick Press, 2013.

How Strong Is an Ant?: And Other Questions about Bugs and Insects, Mary Kay Carson, Sterling Children’s Books, 2014.

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