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STICKY: -=LINKS=- Reference ID sites for Insects, Animals and flora

 
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Sep 14, 2005 13:11 |  #1

Like many others, I've had targets of opportunity flutter by & often had no clue what it was I "shot". Like here:

Most sites I've found are useless! Why? There's NO image index page, so you have to click on every freakin' name to find something you're trying to ID.
Would it be SO hard to provide a page of thumbnails for us? Well, I've found a couple that do have thumbs:

The Detroit B-Fly house gets many of theirs from Costa Rica. Jay Levin has tried to get as many as possible & posted them on Pbase.
Some Residents of the Butterfly Garden at the Detroit Zoo (external link)

Butterflies of North America (external link)
It would help if the Thumb page had a few thumbs, but you can't have everything! :D

Identification of the Major Families of Moths: Adults (external link)

If anyone has a similar THUMB site, please help us all out & post a link here. It should save you time trying to ID the unknowns we've encountered!
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Sep 14, 2005 13:24 |  #2

http://www.britishbutt​erflies.co.uk/ (external link) here is one i find useful for UK butterflies :D


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Sep 14, 2005 15:03 as a reply to  @ shazz501's post |  #3

I can't say anything about Michigan, but for California purposes I have equipped myself with a stock of nature books on the butterflies, birds, flowers, and trees. Once you have gone through the books a few times, you can find one specimen and identify it rapidly.

Audubon publishes lots of these books, but there are many brands.

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Sep 14, 2005 20:01 |  #4

Thanks, shazz501! And, to you too, Bob for volunteering! We'll be sure to PM you the next time we're stumped! :D

Also thanks to whoever made this a "Sticky"! Maybe we should change the title to "IDs for Butterflys, Moths, Birds, etc?"

Another one:
Brisbane Insects and Spiders home page. (external link)


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Sep 15, 2005 19:06 |  #5

For birds I often use Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter (external link). It's not very user friendly, and many of the pictures aren't very good -- but, hey, it's free.


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Sep 15, 2005 19:47 |  #6

I recently was told about this site; whatsthatbug.com (external link). I found it very helpful in identifying the butterflies I've shot as well as other insects.




  
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Sep 16, 2005 08:20 as a reply to  @ iof's post |  #7

For birds I often use Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter. It's not very user friendly, and many of the pictures aren't very good -- but, hey, it's free.

Free, schmee! "No cigar" from me, Ron! "It's not very user friendly," which is just what we can find anywhere else!
I asked, "If anyone has a similar THUMB site," and that seems to be just another site where you have to know what you're looking for before you get to see a photo ID of it!

Thanks, Relocin. That one looks like another good place to start! ;)


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Sep 16, 2005 09:06 |  #8

www.bugguide.net (external link) for North America


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Sep 16, 2005 10:16 |  #9

Good one, Steve!


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Sep 16, 2005 22:12 |  #10

Texas AM Entomology (bugs) (external link)

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Michigan (external link) (awesome site with stunning photos)

Photo Index Birds of Prey (external link)


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Sep 17, 2005 04:29 as a reply to  @ iof's post |  #11

Have you tried this for birds of North America?

http://www.duncraft.co​m/index.ihtml (external link)

Just checked my link, it took me to a Microsoft site !!. Hopefully it works now


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Sep 18, 2005 23:23 |  #12

Since no one else has put in for us Aussies here's a couple for Australia-
Butterflies of greater Sydney
http://linus.socs.uts.​edu.au/~don/larvae/syd​buts.html (external link)

Thumbnail page of Australian spiders
http://www.xs4all.nl …Thumbnails/Thum​bnails.htm (external link)


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Sep 19, 2005 05:41 as a reply to  @ iof's post |  #13

A Sampler of the World's Birds:
http://www.camacdonald​.com/birding/Sampler.h​tm (external link)

Waterfowl of the World plates:
http://mawba.com/ident​ify.htm (external link)

These last two aren't thumb sites, but they are useful -

Discover Life - All Living Things (primarily North America):
http://www.discoverlif​e.org/nh/ (external link)
ID Nature Guides can be particularly helpful.

AviBase - the World database of birds:
http://www.bsc-eoc.org ….jsp?pg=checkli​st&lang=EN (external link)
This site gives lists of birds individual continents, countries, and states.


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Sep 24, 2005 19:16 as a reply to  @ iof's post |  #14

How to report a banded bird:
http://www.pwrc.usgs.g​ov/bbl/homepage/call80​0.htm (external link)

Identify a bird by location, size, and colour:
http://www.percevia.co​m …tateColorSize/w​izard.aspx (external link)

Animal Diversity Web:
http://animaldiversity​.ummz.umich.edu/site/i​ndex.html (external link)


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Nov 03, 2005 04:55 |  #15

some useful links from my website for UK bug IDs.

http://www.richmondpar​kbugs.com/links.htm (external link)


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