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Old 11-26-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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Several of the best resources online for BUGS are listed below.

BugGuide
http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
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All Abuzz About Bugs!

We are an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.

We enjoy the opportunity to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures.
Guests seeking identification of a bug are encouraged to add their image here-
http://bugguide.net/node/view/6/bgimage

Great Guide beginning with arachnids here-
http://bugguide.net/node/view/3/bgpage

What's That Bug
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/

In addition to the wonderful archives available to guests, you may use their form to request identification of a bug.
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ask-whats-that-bug/
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Ask What’s That Bug? Do you have a bug you need identified? The more information you can give us, the better yourchances of getting your bug identified. Season? Geographic location? Picture(s) should be as clear and well lit as possible.
Don't forget to stop in and view their 'Bug of the Month'.

Insect Identification for the Casual Observer
http://www.insectidentification.org/
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There are over 1 million identified species of insects and spiders (Arthropods) in the world today with many more still awaiting categorization and discovery. As ancient as time itself, insects offer up an mostly forgone and often times misunderstood existence in our ecosystem. In short, without their being here among us, we surely would not exist in the way that we do!

InsectIdentification.org tries to provide a casual understanding about common North American insects - most notably those found in the continental United States of America - and tries to put some knowledge out there for you, our special guest, to absorb.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #2
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bleaugh. I extremely dislike spiders. I have a certified phobia. I don't kill them in my garden. I mark them off with landscaping flags so I never have to go near them again, after the first time I see them. My favourite time of year is after the first hard frost, which kills them...I can go out in my little prairie again. If I'm ever priviledged enough again to have health insurance....my arachniphobia is one of the first things I'm having treated, LOL!

I like other bugs just fine!
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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I'll start a special thread for you Look for it, you'll know it when you see it.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:50 PM   #4
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Other resources include pestcontrolcanada (http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/Que...his%20pest.htm) and Davesgarden (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/bugid/all/)
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:58 PM   #5
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Welcome to site, suunto. Thanks for sharing the site on the Canadian bugs. Lots of interesting information. However, the 2nd site makes you pay $20 to get that information, just so our users know that in advance. Thanks again
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:06 PM   #6
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That Pest Control of Canada is a really nice site. Go back to their site and check out what it says smack dab in the middle of their home page-
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The pictures below have been submitted by visitors. If you can identify them you are invited to send us your answers. Your description is also welcome.
Please Include the picture number in your answers.
If you have a digital camera or scanner send us photos of any pest you would like identified. Please include the location the pest was found and any other information you can offer. Hopefully one of our visitors will be able to identify them.
That's really nice that they are trying to help people figure out whether they have friend or foe! And, they're providing the scientific name of the bug too.

Yes, the other site wanted like $19.95 to view their photos and to be able to post.

Thanks for that link to the Canadian bug site suunto. You found a really nice site.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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Check out this little cutie over at that Pest Control Canada site-
http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/Que...at%20i3711.jpg

Have no idea what it is but it's really a rather attractive spider!
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:35 AM   #8
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I'm sorry that I forgot to mention the subscription bit for Davesgarden, but I believe that one can still browse the pages there for free - you just cannot participate in discussions, post replies, or submit questions without subscribing. Check out their site 'tour' at http://davesgarden.com/aboutus/tour/
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:59 AM   #9
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Seems like an ok site but you can't enlarge their photos unless you pay and they only let you read the first post in a thread which sort of sucks. That Pest Control Canada site lets people do all the things that other site doesn't let you do. I remember this site, it comes up a lot in searches for plants and lots of their information is sort of bum information and they've got mis-identifications. I think their databases might be like wikipedia where anyone can add to it.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:33 PM   #10
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Seems like an ok site but you can't enlarge their photos unless you pay and they only let you read the first post in a thread which sort of sucks. That Pest Control Canada site lets people do all the things that other site doesn't let you do. I remember this site, it comes up a lot in searches for plants and lots of their information is sort of bum information and they've got mis-identifications. I think their databases might be like wikipedia where anyone can add to it.
Can you give some specific examples of misidentifications on davesgarden? I've corrected a couple that I came across, but have not attempted a wholesale sweep of their site.
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