BugGuide - Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada

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BugGuide (http://bugguide.net) is an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures. BugGuide collects photographs of insects and other arthropods from the United States and Canada for identification and research and summarizes findings in guide pages for each order, family, genus, and species. By capturing the place and time that submitted images were taken, BugGuide creates a virtual insect collection.

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Metadata; insects; arthropods; aquatic insects; terrestrial insects; arachnids; Observation; Occurrence


John VanDyk
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Senior Systems Analyst, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Iowa State University, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
407 Science II
50011-3222 Ames
+1 515 294 7401
Troy Bartlett
  • Originator
Elizabeth Sellers
  • Metadata Provider
Technical Information Specialist - Biology
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Laura Jesse
  • Editor
Iowa State University
327 Bessey
50011 Ames

Geographic Coverage

North America, north of Mexico.

Bounding Coordinates South West [24.02, -169.26], North East [72.35, -50.12]

Taxonomic Coverage

Arthropods including insects (Insecta), spiders (Arachnida), and other crawling invertebrates.

Order Amphipoda (Amphipods), Isopoda (Isopods), Geophilomorpha (Soil Centipedes), Scutigeromorpha (House Centipedes), Scolopendromorpha (Bark Centipedes), Diptera (Flies), Mecoptera (Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies), Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths), Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies), Coleoptera (Beetles), Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies), Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies), Psocodea (Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice), Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids), Phasmida (Walkingsticks), Plecoptera (Stoneflies), Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies), Ephemeroptera (Mayflies), Zygentoma (Silverfish), Microcoryphia (Bristletails), Araneae (Spiders), Opiliones (Harvestmen), Scorpiones (Scorpions), Springtails (Springtails and allies), Dermaptera (Earwigs), Pseudoscorpiones (Pseudoscorpions), Amblypygi (Tailless Whipscorpions), Trichoptera (Caddisflies), Polydesmida (Flat-backed Millipedes), Siphonaptera (Siphonaptera), Solifugae (Windscorpions), Thysanoptera (Thrips), Strepsiptera (Twisted-winged Insects), Lithobiomorpha (Stone Centipedes), Platydesmida (Platydesmida), Spirobolida (Spirobolida), Spirostreptida (Spirostreptida), Polyzoniida (Polyzoniida), Embiidina (Webspinners), Polyxenida (Bristly Millipedes), Uropygi (Whipscorpions), Zoraptera (Zorapterans), Ixodida (Ticks), Mesostigmata (Mesostigs), Astigmata (Astigs), Oribatida (Oribatids), Julida (Julida), Callipodida (Crested Millipedes), Chordeumatida (Chordeumatida), Schizomida (Short-tailed Whipscorpions), Raphidioptera (Snakeflies), Megaloptera (Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies), Notoptera (Rock Crawlers), Opilioacarida (Opilioacarida), Poduromorpha (Poduromorpha)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2004-02-02 / 2015-01-01

Project Data

No Description available

Title BugGuide - Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada

The personnel involved in the project:

John VanDyk
  • Principal Investigator

Additional Metadata

Purpose To share observations and knowledge of insects, spiders, and other related creatures for identification and research.
Alternative Identifiers cca13f2c-0d2c-4c2f-93b9-4446c0cc1629