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You can fill in as many or few of the search fields as you want. The two fields, Common Name and Scientific Name are set up so that you can type in all or part of the name. For the fields, Order, Family and Life Cycle you hold the mouse button down and choose from the pop-up menu. All the other fields have listings that you may check one or more depending on the insect. Then click the Search button. If you are trying to identify an insect you have, you will want to narrow down your search by choosing as many fields as you know, for example, the color, the size, the habitat, etc. At the bottom of the page, you can choose whether you want plants with all the characteristics you have chosen or any of the characteristics. If you do not change the Search Requirements, it will require that all the characteristics are present. To start a new search, click on the Clear Choices button. You can also choose how many insects you want per page. It defaults to 10.

Once you hit the search button, you will get a list of all insects that satisfy al l your choices. Click on each insect to see the data and picture for that insect. Click Back in the browser application to go back to your list of insects. If you have more insects that are not shown, click on Next page of insects.


How it's classified:

  Common Name and Scientific Name:

 If you know all or part of the common name of a plant, type it in and choose whether it "equals", "contains", "begins with", or "ends with" what you typed.

 Plant Family:

 Choose an order family from the pop-up menu. If you do not know the order family, just skip this.

How it looks:

  Size of Insect:

 Choose the size of the insect:

minute: less than 5mm.
(ex. a flea)

small: 5 to 10 mm.
(ex. ant)

medium: 10 to 25 mm,
(ex. firefly).

large: over 25 mm.
(ex. cockroach)

 Color and Pattern of Insect:

 Choose one or more of the listings provided to describe the insect.

How it grows and what it eats:

  Life Cycle:

 Choose one of the two from the selections below:

Complete:Any insect whose stages include egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Incomplete:Any insect whose growth stages include egg, nymph and adult.

 Feeding Behavior:

 Choose one or more food sources for both the adult and larva/nymph stages.

Where and when it's found:

  Habitat:

 Choose where the insect tends to live:

Wooded Area: in the woods or forest.

Under logs: under fallen logs and leaf litter.

Prairies: in a large expanse of grassland with few trees, which contain specific plants and animals.

Meadows: in open areas with few trees.

Roadsides: along roads.

Ponds: in and around water.

Streams: in and around moving water.

Gardens: in cultivated land.

Wetlands: in land where soil remains very moist.

 Sightings at Fermilab:

 Choose one or more seasons when found.

Search Requirements:

Show insects with:

Choose one of the items below. Search will be for all characteristics selected if you do not change anything.

all characteristics selected above.

any characteristics selected above.


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