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What are your favorite go-to resources for bug & plant identification?

 
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May 07, 2013 20:40 |  #1

It seems that many of you are very good at identifying all the small things we like to shoot. What resources do you typically use to help aid in the identification of bugs, spiders, flowers, etc?




  
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May 08, 2013 14:27 |  #2

bugguide.net : Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada


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May 10, 2013 17:51 |  #3

Bug guide is great resource but only shows what it has. IOW pictures alone are often imperfect ways to identify something, and you may have something similar to what is shown, but your insect may actually not be on the site yet. Its hard to know when that is the case but its probably not important unless you are shooting for publication.




  
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May 25, 2013 15:57 |  #4

This is a large collection of butterflies from around the world. It's not a complete listing, but with more than 2000 of of over 18000 types, it's a good start.

http://www.learnaboutb​utterflies.com/index.h​tm (external link)


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May 29, 2013 17:50 |  #5

Flickr has a couple of groups you can post pictures to and ask for ID.


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May 30, 2013 00:16 |  #6

http://www.nhm.ac.uk …s/bombus/bumble​beeid.html (external link) (bumble bees)

http://www.collembola.​org/ (external link) (springtails)

http://www.eurospiders​.com/spider_family_gal​lery.php (external link) (spiders)

http://www.gardensafar​i.net/english/hoverfli​es.htm (external link) (Hovers)

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk …tmay07/cd-hoverflies.html (external link) (Hovers)

http://www.naturespot.​org.uk/taxonomy/term/1​9415 (external link) (Hovers)

http://www.tuin-thijs.com/zweefvliegen​2-engels.htm (external link) (hovers)

http://www.cgm-gardenlife.co.uk/pages​/Hoverflies.html (external link)

http://www.pbase.com/l​indabuckell/hoverflies (external link)


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May 30, 2013 10:52 |  #7

wayne9999 wrote in post #15919538 (external link)
Bug guide is great resource but only shows what it has. IOW pictures alone are often imperfect ways to identify something, and you may have something similar to what is shown, but your insect may actually not be on the site yet.

Matching photos isn't the only way to get an ID. If your insect is the first of its kind on the site, one of the expert contributing editors may be able to ID it from your photos. I've submitted photos for 20 insects/spiders that BugGuide didn't have before, either the bug itself or a sign (galls, leaf mines), and 68 more that it didn't have from California. Identifications from photos alone, without specimens, won't necessarily go as far as species, but often they do.


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