Insects and bugs and other yucky stuff.
Entomology (from Greek ἔντομος, entomos, “that which is cut in pieces or engraved/segmented”, hence “insect”; and -λογία, -logia) is the scientific study of insects. At some 1.3 million described species, insects account for more than 2/3rds of all known organisms, dating back some 400 million years, and have many kinds of interactions with humans and other forms of life on earth, so it is an important specialty within biology. Though technically incorrect, the definition is sometimes widened to include the study of terrestrial animals in other arthropod groups or other phyla, such as arachnids, myriapods, earthworms, and slugs.
- 2008 Class – Entomology, Dr. John A. Jackman Download Odonata Presentation PDF file
- 2011 Advanced Training – “Change – The Only Constant” – by Clint Walker, Walker Honey Farm – All about bees and making honey.
- January 19 2013 Native Bees Advanced Training Presentation (PDF) by Michael Warriner, a TPWD Wildlife Invertebrate Biologist and Bumblebee Tracker Program Coordinator
- April 9 2015 AT “An introducton to backyard bugs“, by Joshua Huckabee, at the Milano Community Center.
- A&M main insects page
- A&M Images
- An introducton to backyard bugs – josh huckabee
- A&M Insect Fieldguide page
- A&M AgriLife Center for Urban and Structural Entomology
- Austin Butterfly Forum website.
- BaBaMail Nature Full of neat videos and more
- Catapillar Transformations
- Texas Entomology, Beetles and many other photos, by Mike Quinn, Austin
- Visit “Bugguide.net for bug identification and pictures.
- NC State’s General Entomology Site. See Spot ID for great ID pictures.
- Book “A Dazzle of Dragonflies”
- Book “Dragonflies and Dameselflies of Texas and the South-Central”
- Book “Dragonflies through Binoculars”
- Book “Texas Bug book, the good, the bad and the ugly” on Amazon.
- Book “Field Guide to Texas Insects” by Jackman and Drees, on Amazon.
- Giant Spider Web in East Texas State Park
- Dragonfly videos: Cleaning eyes and face, Dragonfly Hunting, Dragonfly larvae eating backswimmers
- Images of 75 Texas Stink Bugs
- Lots of Insect Images
- Stephenville Extension Service dragonfly.org web site
- University of Puget Sound Slater Museum
- And suggested by a member: Ladybugs Invading Homes
- The metaphorphic life cycle of a Monarch Butterfly
- Decomposers: the Earth’s Recyclers article by Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Don Johnson
- Who’s Singing In My Backyard? about sounds of insects, also by Don Johnson
- TPWD-Native-Pollinator-Management PDF a great resource on bees and how to support their environment.
- Spiders could consume the entire earth’s population in one year, very interesting!
Learn About Texas Insects
This is one of the Urban Wildlife Factsheets publications by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Press.
Its a learning and activity book for children, but loaded with lots of great information and pictures – for the child in all of us.
Download the Urban Wildlife Factsheet PDF file
A Forage List for Bees
What do bees like best? Check out this list.
Download Forage list for Bees PDF file
From Shawn Walton’s Weekly blog / column in the Rockdale and Cameron Newspapers:
- 10.28.09_Leafcutter Ants
- 03.24.10_Monarch Butterfly
- 05.05.10_Pill Bugs
- 05.12.10_Ant Lion
- 05.19.10_June Bugs
- 05.26.10_Saltmarsh Caterpiller
- 08.11.10_Cicada Killers
- 03.10.11_Monarch Spring Migration
- 06.02.11_Hornets and Wasps