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  • All About Ants
    Ants have been living on the Earth for more than 100 million years and can be found almost anywhere on the planet. It is estimated that there are about 20,000 different species of ants. For this reason ants have been called Earth's most successful species.

  • An Argentine ant
    An Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, tending scale insects. Photo by Jack Kelly Clark

  • Army Ants
    Army ant colonies, like most ant colonies, have a single queen ant who lays all the eggs and female workers that tend the young and collect food for the colony. One of the things that make army ants even more interesting is how much food they require and how they get it

  • Carpenter Ant
    Carpenter ants are active indoors during many months of the year, usually during the spring and summer. When ants are active in the house during late winter/early spring (February/March), the infestation (nest) is probably within the household. When carpenter ants are first seen in the spring and summer (May/June), then the nest is likely outdoors and the ants are simply coming in for food. The natural food of the ants consists of honeydew from aphids, other insects, and plant juices, but they will readily forage for water and food scraps within the house.

  • Citrus Ants
    The most prevalent of the ant species, the Argentine ant, is a small, uniformly deep brown ant. Worker ants travel in characteristic trails on trees, the ground, or irrigation lines and build their nests underground. Ant populations peak in midsummer and early fall. The southern fire ant is light reddish brown with a black abdomen. These ants build nests of loose mounds or craters near bases of trees and do not aggregate in colonies as large as those of the Argentine ant. Native gray ants are gray and considerably larger than the other two species. They nest in topsoil or under rocks and debris and move in irregular patterns. In contrast to Argentine and fire ants, the native gray ant is solitary and its importance in disrupting biological control is often underestimat

  • Insectclopedia.
    Comprehensive site about the world of insects ranges from identification to bug cuisine.

  • Scary Spiders!
    Great Photos of really scary spiders!

  • Adopt a Hawaiian Happyface Spider
    Would you like to adopt a Hawaiian Happyface Spider? These tiny spiders were discovered in 1973 in the rainforests of Hawaii. Actually their bodies are only 1/4 inch long, but we have drawn them larger so that you can see them better. They are called Happyface Spiders because of the pattern on their abdomen that looks like a smiling face.

  • Black Widow Spiders
    The female Black Widow is shiny black, usually with a reddish hourglass shape on the underside of her spherical abdomen. Her body is about 1 inch long; the male is about half her size and may have a pair of reddish stripes on the sides of his abdome

  • Butterflies of North America
    Pictures and distribution maps of the butterflies you can find in specific regions in the U.S. and northern Mexico.

  • Butterfly Basics
    Want to learn more about butterflies and moths?

  • Butterfly House - Insects
    The Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization established in 1995 to foster a better understanding of butterflies, and increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive.

  • Caresheets: Scorpions
    Informative website includes caresheets for several different species of scorpions including the Emperor Scorpion, Flat Rock Scorpion, and the Desert Hairy Scorpion. Photographs are provided, along with, information on appropriate housing and diet.

  • Dragonflies
    Dragonflies are the world's largest and fastest insects. There are more than 6000 species known all over the world. The insect order Dragonflies (or Odonata) is divided in three suborders: the "real" dragonflies or Anisoptera, damselflies or Zygoptera and a small third suborder, containing only one Japanese and one Nepalese species: the ancient dragonflies or Anisozygoptera.

  • Indian Stick Insect - Care Sheet
    The Indian Stick Insect is probably the best pet walking stick. They are robust, large, tropical, stick insects originating from the Palmi Hills of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India.

  • Indian Walking Stick Insect
    I have found walking sticks to be facinating insects. They are colourful, easy to keep, and useful for teaching both students and the general public about insects, science, and nature

  • Insects List
    Study List of Some Common Insects in Texas

  • Keeping the Tarantula Healthy
    The major things needed to keep a tarantula healthy are to 1) provide a secure escape- proof cage; 2) provide proper food; 3) always provide water; 4) know something about the natural environment of your tarantula.

  • Longhorn Beetles
    Tons of images including varied species of this specific beetle.

  • Mark Watson's Stick Insect Page
    I would like to greet you by saying that I am not an expert entomologist, I am just somebody who likes stick insects and wants to communicate with other enthusiasts. This page was set up because I could not find as much info about stick insects as I had hoped to on the web.

  • Monarch Butterflies
    Learn more about this "king of the insect world" and its migration habits.

  • Mosquito Biology
    Information on general mosquito biology, anatomy, and habitats.

  • Mosquitoes.com
    Mosquitoes.com lets you test your mosquito magnetism, learn about ticks, and learn other tricks to keep from being a bug's dinner.

  • petbugs.com
    Petbugs.com" opened in late August of 1999. This website has a searchable database that was created to combine many Internet resources to provide care, places to purchase live invertebrates, and tons of other information needed for someone interested in this field. (insects)

  • Phong's Tarantulas!
    A tarantula oriented page, but lots of other cool insect links and info to peruse.

  • Praying Mantid
    Mantids are very efficient and deadly predators that capture and eat a wide variety of insects and other small prey. They have a "neck" that allows the head to rotate 180o while waiting for a meal to wander by. Camouflage coloration allows mantids to sit on twigs and stems while they wait.

  • Scarab Beetles
    All about this class of beetles and their amazing history.

  • Scorpions In The Tunisian Desert - insects
    Some very nice images of exotic scorpions.

  • Stick Insect Caresheet
    There are nearly 3,000 species of Stick-Insect (Phasmida) in the world all of which feed exclusively on vegetation, they are one of the most popular forms of insect life to be kept as pets.

  • Tarantula Fact Sheet
    Over the past few years, tarantulas have become acceptable pets now widely sold, traded and kept in houses, apartments, schools and dormitories. Most tarantulas are docile, non-aggressive and rarely bite. Bites are not considered dangerous and cause little lasting pain.

  • Tarantulas (eek a spider!)
    Really great photos of various tarantulas (insects).

  • The Final Solution for Fleas
    This site describes in detail how fleas live and multiply, as well as the diseases that they spread.

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