Tips for Insect Field Guides and Facts - Other

Tips for Insect Field Guides and Facts   by David Urmann

in Other    (submitted 2009-10-01)

Insects are found all over the world. Different species live in specific regions, areas or countries. An insect field guide comes in handy to correctly identify these millions of species around us.

You can buy field guides for insects over the Internet or your local bookstore. Field guides have a complete description and list of all urban or forest insects. The most common ones we are familiar with are ants, bees, flies and mosquitoes. But for the rest of the millions that exist, it is useful to refer to an insect field guide to identify them.

Consider some tips in selecting a field guide. There are many kinds so make sure you get the right one. Look for one that is very easy to understand and provides clear information. You might want to try a handy reference book entitled "Guide to Insects" by Schuster and Simon. It is an excellent reference for both experienced and beginner entomologists.

Examine the illustrations and see if are clearly drawn or if the images/photos are very clear. You will be easily reminded of this photo in your mind once you see the actual insect. A good example is "Field Guides for Insects" as well as "First Guides for Children" by the National Audubon Society.

Browse through all the details and information. Try to see how the classifications are done, if you could understand it well or if it is only making you more confused. In addition, decide whether the book can answer all the questions that you have when it comes to insects.

Many children show interest in insects also, especially since they are the playful stage. They love to explore the outdoors. A simple and easy to understand reference material will be good for them.

Small field guides are usually the handiest for they only measure 4 inches up to 6 inches. Moreover, small field guides fit perfectly in pockets and backpacks. Some are hardbound. This is more expensive but is more durable.

If you want to have a field guide built for a certain location, choose field guides that only focus on specific areas, states or regions. There are lots of field guides for insects that have that offer these specifics.

Choose a field guide solely based on the experience level of the user. The book, "The Insect Book: A Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects" will very suitable to beginners. The said book is also intended for children ages 8 and up.

On the other hand, the "A Unique Guide to Insects in North America" is a useful reference to those who love to adventure outdoors. It tackles about common insects that you can find in urban areas and gives you on a step-by-step basis on how to properly identify different species around you.

Insects are the most dominant and numerous form of life on the planet. Everyday, we encounter them be it in rural or urban communities. The need to identify them properly stems from the fact that we want to know how these creatures around us could affect our lives and our loved ones.

Identifying the names and types and species may be difficult because of their huge number. Whenever entomologists or we talk of insects, it refers to either the bugs of Class Insecta or simply the bugs that are classified as insects for they have 3 body parts namely the thorax, head and abdomen as well as six legs.

Insect types found in the U.S. are organized in over 30 different orders and some of them are familiar than that of the others. Bees, ants, sawflies and wasps fall under "Hymenoptera". Moths and butterflies fall under "Lepidoptera". In addition, Damselflies and dragonflies fall under "Odonata". Lastly, flies are classified as "Diptera". These classifications are not considered as a comprehensive review of the world of insects.