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A Public Service on the basics of Insect Identification

 

 

IDENTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL

GROUPS OF INSECTS 1

(Contacts)

 

The identification of insects is a difficult process that usually requires specialists.  Therefore, directing specimens to the proper authorities facilitates identification.  The following keys are designed to aid in the determination of insect families, and in some cases subfamilies and species as well.  Although Family groupings have remained relatively constant Superfamily groupings have changed frequently, and thus the present presentations are as of 2013.

 

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Insect Orders, Families & Some Subfamilies:

 

 Interactive Key  [Powerful Connections]

 

Interactive Key Print-out

Parasitoids of Synanthropic Flies

Subfamilies & Genera of Staphylinidae

Pictures of Beneficial Species

                                              Insect Orders & Families

 

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Specialized Keys for Entomophagous Insects

 

Coleoptera

Diptera

Parasitic Diptera

Hemiptera

Lepidoptera

Neuroptera

Strepsiptera

 

Hymenoptera:

Superfamilies

Great Britain

Palearctic Region

European Russia-1

 

Apocrita / Aculeata

Apocrita / Parasitica

Parasitic Hymenoptera

Ceraphronoidea

Cynipoidea

Evaniodea

Ichneumonoidea

Proctotrupoidea

Neotropics  [Spanish]

 

University of California

Students & Faculty

 

Chalcidoidea

World Key

North America

Canada

Europe

Czech/Slovak

Africa

India & Adjacent

Australia-1 , Australia-2

New Zealand

Northwestern European

 

 

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  NOTE:  The keys in this series are in a continuous process of renovation and updating.

                 The older distributions into Superfamilies are retained and compared.