Recognize that caterpillar or flying insect by using an insect identification guide!

Flying Insect identification GuideHow an insect guide works: Whether you have always been interested in entomology, you simply want to know more about insects, or you want to help your children identify the common bugs and insects in your yard and garden, and insect identification guide can be of great assistance to you. They can be found in books and online, and allow you to view a picture or drawing of an insect or bug, and match it to any you find in and around your home. Many of these guides can be found online for free, and even include an atlas to show you where the bug you found can live and where it is most commonly found.

Proper identification can save you from a nasty bite or sting: Another great reason to properly identify the insects and bugs that you discover is to keep yourself, your children and your pets from harm. There are thousands of bugs out there that would do you no harm, but there are thousands more that can offer you a painful bite or sting. Many of them can even cause bad allergic reactions, or even be fatal in certain situations, especially where spiders are concerned. A good insect identification guide will not only show the bug or insect in photographic form, but also paint a picture of its character, how it will react to you, and what it could potentially do to you. For example, through a good guide you would learn that the strange looking worm you found in the garden is actually a Japanese beetle grub, and while not harmful to you, could spell disaster for those roses you just planted.

There are thousands of flying insects to identify: Many people might thing that just because it flies, that it’s a fly. That could not be farther from the truth. Studying an insect guide will show you that there are literally thousands of flying insects out there, everything from the common house fly to termites and June bugs. Once you are able to indentify one species, you will want to identify every bug or insect you come in contact with. You may even find yourself collecting insects for displays, or even science projects for your children. Just make sure that you are aware of what insects in your geographic area are harmful and which ones are not. While many are rather safe, there are a few that may sting or bite.

Even the common caterpillar is not so common: When you see a caterpillar inching its way across your fence, you may not think about what kind of caterpillar it is, or even what kind of live it might lead. You may be surprised to learn that there are many different types of caterpillars, and they may just be in one of many stages of their development. For instance, butterflies start their lives as caterpillars, and then they spin themselves into cocoons. It is in this spun cocoon that they begin a great transformation. When the process is complete, it emerges with a new set of wings to become a beautiful butterfly.