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There is a wealth of information on animals from Australia as well as specific types of animals. Details are provided below.

This page provides information about Insects - entomology, specific insects, insect images and other general information.

The Animals page provides information on Australian animals - marsupials, other unique animals, dangerous or endangered animals, animal images, more.

Specific Insects


  • Ant
    Etymology, taxonomy and evolution, distribution, diversity, morphology, development, reproduction, behaviour, ecology, relationship with human, references, links, more. Wikipedia.
  • Ants Down Under
    CSIRO. ‘Provides information on these fascinating insects, details on their biology, identification and distribution, along with an introduction to the published literature’. Use the menu listings on the right.
  • AntWeb
    ‘The world’s largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants’.
  • AntWiki
    ‘Provides a wealth of information on the world’s ants. Contributions come from ant experts together with discussions provided by everyone’.
  • Stranger than Fiction
    Never look at ants the same way again. Similarities between their social customs and ours.


These are not insects, but invertebrate animals.


  • Beetle Images
    Hundreds of quality images.
  • Beetles
    Information about a family as diverse as scarabs to ladybugs.
  • Beetles - Wikipedia
    Description, development, physiology, behaviour, evolutionary history, classification, impact on human, study, collection, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Coleoptera
    CSIRO. Characteristics, general information.
  • The Beetle Ring
    ‘A group of sites about Beetles. I hope it will serve as an effective means of helping coleopterists, beetle breeding hobbyists and others to locate information’.
  • The Coleoptera Home Page
    For those ‘who are interested in Insects, Beetle collecting, Wildlife and Nature … ’.


  • Bee
    Evolution, eusocial and semisocial bees, solitary and communal bees, Cleptoparasitic bees, nocturnal bees, flight, pollination, bees and humans, references, links, more. Wikipedia.
  • Bee Facts For Kids
    San Diego Zoo. Very basic introduction.
  • B-Eye
    Have you wondered how other creatures see ? Different colours, refractions, degrees of sight. Requires Java plug-in.
  • Bumblebees
    The World’s Bumblebees, Bumblebee ID, Bumblebees in Decline.
  • The Honey Bee
    Text article, with links to illustrations and videos.
  • Through the Eyes of a Bee
    Text presentation with some images.


  • All About Butterflies
    EnchantedLearning. ‘A comprehensive on-line hypertext book about butterflies. Designed for students of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure ’.
  • Australian Butterflies
    ‘Photographs of 277 species’.
  • Australian Butterflies and their Caterpillars
    ‘Australia is home to about 400 species of butterflies from five families’.
  • Butterflies
    Lifecycle, external morphology, polymorphism, habits, flight, migration, defense, notable species, in culture, references, field guides, links, literature. Wikipedia.
  • Butterfly Pictures
    Pictures, caterpillar pictures, Butterfly colouring pages. Free for personal use. Click on “More” in the main menu for extended information.
  • Children’s Butterfly Site
    Information, photographs, colouring activities.
  • Facts About Butterflies
    ‘Different Types Of Butterflies And Butterfly Facts’. Use the menu to access specific areas.
  • Monarch Watch
    The magnificent Monarch Butterfly.
  • Papilionoidea Movies
    Papilionoidea [butterfly] short videos.

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  • Blattodea : Cockroaches
    CSIRO. Information, embedded links.
  • Cockroaches : Order Blattodea
    Australian Museum.
  • Cockroach Species File Online
    ‘An up-to-date taxonomic catalogue of the world’s cockroaches, excluding fossil species’, images, more.
  • The Virtual Roach
    ‘The interface for the system links morphological terms with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs, and photomicrographs. Images are linked in a manner permitting a detailed examination and virtual dissection’.
  • The Cockroach FAQ
    80+ questions with answers. From Do cockroaches sleep ? to Are cockroaches social ?.



  • Fleas
    Morphology, behaviour, life cycle, habitat, classification, relationship with host, treatments, references, external links. Wikipedia.
  • Fleas [Medent]
    Short presentation from the University of Sydney. Links to other entomology information.
  • Siphonaptera - Fleas
    Characteristics, life cycle, feeding, habitats.



  • Termite
    Social organisation, nests, human interaction, ecology, taxonomy, evolution & systematics, references, further reading, other links. Wikipedia.
  • Termites
    From the Australian Museum comes this fact sheet proving information about termites.
    While US-based, there is a considerable amount of information about termites on this site. Check especially the pages on Information, Types and Identification for extensive data about the insect itself.

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Insect Images


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Other Information

Entomology on the Web

General Sites

  • Amazing Animal Senses
    Neuroscience for Kids. ‘Here are some examples of how some animals sense the outside world and the anatomical structures that allow them to do so’.
  • Animal Diversity Web
    Database that lets you search for all animals including insects.
  • Book of Insect Records
    Find unusual and special insects that created records.
  • Bug Club
    British site which provides information, but has a little fun along the way. Developed for children.
  • Insect’s Home Page
    General information [Primary level]. Bug Club, index, links.
  • Insects Hotlist
    Insect articles, images of insects, teacher resources, all via links.
    ‘Aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become’.
  • Intriguing Insects
    11 videos. Maximum time for a video is about 6 minutes,.
  • Minibeasts
    A selection of interactive tasks to find more about these. Several links to other websites on the same topic.
  • Pest Library
    ‘Identify threatening pests, understand their biology, diets, habits, habitats, find effective ways to control them. Our up-to-date pest library gives you information on termites, insects, vermin and 28 common household pests’. Not all are insects. Videos as well.
  • Reference Resources - Insects
    Part of a homework helper site. Internet search engine, online encyclopaedias, insect links, virtual insects.

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Insects as Food

Insect Sites : Specific Information

  • 3D Insects
    Virtual insects, how to build them, links.
  • Animal Migration
    Follow insects as they travel from one part of the world to another. Information on other animals that do the same.
  • CSIRO - Insect Identification Service
    ‘Allows users to search for both scientific and common names of Australian insects and related arthropods’. Specimen database; What Bug Is That ?; more
  • Rainforest Insects
    Overview, images, profiles.

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