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.
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.
‘The world’s largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants’.
‘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.
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.
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 … ’.
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.
Have you wondered how other creatures see ? Different colours, refractions, degrees of sight. Requires Java plug-in.
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’.
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.
- Blattodea : Cockroaches
CSIRO. Information, embedded links.
- Cockroaches : Order Blattodea
- 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 ?.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies
Information on dragonflies and their lives.
- Australian Dragonflies and Damselflies Interactive Identification Key
‘Answer as many of the questions to the left as you can and then submit the information for processing. You will receive weighted results of possible species’. Highlight images for larger sizes.
Brief information, large linked graphics for specific types.
Life cycle, classification, dragonflies and damselflies, common species, dragonflies in culture, gallery, references, links. Wikipedia.
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.
- 10 Fascinating Facts about Mosquitoes
Collection from About. A related article is All About Mosquitoes.
- How Mosquitoes Work
Introduction, types, development, bites, diseases & protection, repellents, summary, images, more. How Stuff Works.
Overview, map, audio, Fast Facts. National Geographic.
- Mosquito Photographs
‘includes adult [male & females], larvae, pupae and egg images. Click on images to enlarge’.
Social organisation, nests, human interaction, ecology, taxonomy, evolution & systematics, references, further reading, other links. Wikipedia.
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.
- AntWeb’s Favourite Images
- Butterfly Images
More than 400 images to consider.
- Children’s Butterfly Site [Photos]
Links to other information from this page.
- Entomology Image Index
Links to still pictures and movies related to insects.
- Graphic Science
Insect photography from the author’s book “Backyard Insects”. Covers good bugs, pests, minibeasts, flora, more.
- Insect Images
‘The Source for Entomology Photos’. Listed by Insect Categories.
- Insect Images and Insect
use the links for specific groups to access these.
- Insect Photos & Pictures
NaturePhoto. Listed under specific groups, e.g. Beetles, True Bugs.
- Insects [Australian Museum]
Access images through the Gallery links on the right hand side.
Covers multiple insects.
- The Insect World Image Directory
Entomology on the Web
- Entomology Australia
Collections of links for different levels [menu on the left]. Other information.
- Entomology Index
Grouped under headings of Content Type, Taxonomic Group, Entomological Sub-Division.
- Entomology [The University of Adelaide Library]
Web Gateways, Databases, Electronic Journals, Universities & Research, Organisations, online databases.
- Insectclopedia - Gateway To Information
‘Species, control, resources, pests found in …, research, communication, identification’, more.
- Web Links About Entomology
Grouped under several headings.
- 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.
‘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,.
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.
Insects as Food
- Australian Bush Tucker - Bush Food
Select “Insects” from the menu at the top, then an item from the list.
- Insects as Food
Links to 27 pages of information covering Bogong Moths to Witchetty Grubs and other “delicacies” from around the world. Wikipedia.
- Insects for Food and Feed
United Nations. Use the menu on the left to access sources of information.
- Insect Recipes
Recipes using various insects [and related creatures]. Don’t know whether I would want to try them.
- Why not eat insects ?
A TED talk. ‘Marcel Dicke makes an appetising case for adding insects to everyone’s diet.’. One of a series of TED Talks entitled Insects are awesome !.
Insect Sites : Specific Information
- 3D Insects
Virtual insects, how to build them, links.
- CSIRO - Insect Identification Resources Online
‘The Australian National Insect Collection provides web-based information and tools for the identification of insects and related organisms’.
- Rainforest Insects
Overview, images, profiles.
- Why Do Insects Migrate ?
‘Most people probably wouldn’t realise that insects migrate. Not all insects migrate, of course, but you might be surprised to learn how many do’.