The following are some places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out more about the amazing world of insects.
This site, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, has some bee-yootiful photos and a lot of information on bees.
The Insect Zoo is located in the Entomology Department at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Check the webcam to see what crawling creatures is currently being featured.
Insects and plant disease pictures, divided into the categories: lice; beetles; butterflies, moths, and caterpillars; cicadas and leafhoppers; flies and mosquitoes; grasshoppers and crickets; true bugs; ticks; plants; and plant diseases.
Your local public library has nonfiction insect books, insect videos, and magazines like Ranger Rick that contain interesting insect information. Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian has whimsical bug poetry and paintings.For an extensive bibliography of bug information, choose the bibliography link from the menu at the top of the page.
Live spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and insects reside year-round in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo.
This is a group of people who love butterflies! Find out how to join and when their monthly meetings are.
Don't miss their invertebrate zoology collection which include around 60,000 arthropods. Visit the museum website for information on museum hours as well as other interesting collections.
The Virtual Insectary provides not only images of some common insects, but also includes information on the foods they eat and the habitats where they can be found. As you visit The Virtual Insectary, take time to follow the links and learn how insects are part of our ecosystem.
Your own yard can be the best place to observe, study, and appreciate the insects around us.