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Insects

There is a wealth of information on animals both from Australia and other parts of the world. These pages provide information covering all types of animals.

This page provides information about Insects - entomology, specific insects, insect images and other general information. Other Animal pages are listed below.

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

The Second Page provides information on specific animals from Bears to Wolves plus Ocean animals including Whales and Dolphins. This page has been archived.

The Third Page provides information on Dinosaurs, Venomous Animals, what to do if bitten or stung, plus animal images of many kinds. This page has been archived.

The Fourth Page provides a wide variety of general information from animal cams and endangered species to animal senses and more. This page has been archived.

The page about Zoos may provide additional information.

Specific Insects

Ants

  • Ant Farm
    Information on all sorts of ants, photographs, streaming video.
  • Ant Page
    Similar to Ant Farm.
  • Fire Ants
    Short description, further information.
  • Stranger than Fiction
    Never look at ants the same way again. Similarities between their social customs and ours.

Arachnids

These are not insects, but invertebrate animals. Information can be found by going to the Animals page.

Beetles

  • 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
    ‘This web ring is 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 about this fascinating group’.

Bees

  • B-Eye
    Have you wondered how other creatures see ? Different colours, refractions, degrees of sight. Requires Java plug-in.
  • Bee Facts
    A listing of these from beekeepers in Ontario, Canada.
  • Beekeeping
    Articles about specifics such as “Killer Bees”, bee roles in nature, more.
  • Bumblebees
    Big yellow and black bumble bees. We don’t generally see them in Australia.
  • The Honey Bee Body
    Plain text Information Sheet from Arizona in the US.

Butterflies

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Cockroaches

  • Blattodea : Cockroaches
    CSIRO. Information, embedded links.
  • Cockroaches
    Text presentation.
  • Cockroaches : Order Blattodea
    Australian Museum.
  • The Cockroach Home Page
    Creatures they say ‘will still be here when humans are gone’.
  • The Virtual Roach
    ‘The Virtual Roach is a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. 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’.

Dragonflies

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies
    Information on dragonflies and their lives.
  • Dragonflies
    Brief information, large linked graphics for specific types.
  • Dragonfly
    Life cycle, classification, dragonflies and damselflies, common species, dragonflies in culture, gallery, references, links. Wikipedia.

Fleas

  • 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.

Mosquitoes

  • How Mosquitoes Work
    Introduction, types, development, bites, diseases & protection, repellents, summary, images, more. From How Stuff Works.
  • Mosquito
    Information, diagrams, printouts, more.
  • Mosquito Images
  • Mosquitoes
    From the University of Sydney. A little more technical than other presentations but still has a lot of information and links to other sites.

Termites

  • 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.
  • Termites.com
    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

Graphics

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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.
  • Arthropods
    Insects, arachnids, other related creatures, photographic images, life histories, glossary of terms, other information.
  • Australian Insects
    Silverfish, Dragonflies, Cockroaches, Termites, Mantids, Grasshoppers, Fleas. Part of the Australian Fauna Directory, Department of the Environment and Heritage. Click on “Insects” in the central menu.
  • 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.
  • BugBios
    Educational resources about “bugs”, photography, digest, links.
  • Insect Hotlist
    Insect articles, images of insects, teacher resources, all via links.
  • Insect’s Home Page
    General information [Primary level]. Bug Club, index, links.
  • Insectclopedia
    Database of information about the insect world.
  • Insects in the Classroom
    ‘Bugs as teaching tools, teacher sites, course material, etc.’.
  • Intriguing Insects
    News, activities, FAQs, links, more.
  • 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. Assembled by Orkin entomologists, our up-to-date pest library gives you information on termites, insects, vermin and 28 common household pests. Select a category and a pest to learn more’. Not all inclusions are insects.
  • Reference Resources - Insects
    Part of a homework helper site. Internet search engine, online encyclopaedias, insect links, virtual insects.
  • Wonderful World of Insects
    Information on virtually every insect, using a database. Glossary of terms, Ask An Expert.

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Insects as Food

  • Bugfood - Cooking Insects
    Suggests they can be cooked. Gives details on how to prepare them. Three sections, other links.
  • Food Insects
    ‘Provides information on the current importance and the future potential of insects as a global food resource’.
  • Insects as Food
    Links to 27 pages of information covering Bogong Moths to Witchetty Grubs and other “delicacies” from around the world.
  • Insect Recipes
    Recipes using various insects [and related creatures]. Don’t know whether I would want to try them.
  • Tasty Insect Recipes

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
    ‘This website allows users to search for both scientific and common names of Australian insects and related arthropods. For the first time images and large-scale distribution maps accompany the names of arthropods and their relatives’.
  • Rainforest Insects
    Insects found in world rainforests. Literally millions of species and sub-species, sometimes varying within a few kilometres. These are from Costa Rica.

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