BugGuide (or BugGuide.Net) is a website and online community of
naturalists, both amateur and professional, who share observations of
insects, spiders, and other related creatures. The website consists
of informational guide pages and many thousands of photographs of
arthropods from the
United States and
Canada which are used for
identification and research. The non-commercial site is hosted by
Iowa State University
Iowa State University Department of Entomology.
conceived by photographer Troy Bartlett in 2003 and since 2006 has
been maintained by Dr. John VanDyk, Adjunct Assistant Professor of
Entomology and Senior Systems Analyst at Iowa State University. The
website has been recognized for helping change public perception of
According to VanDyk,
BugGuide had over 809 million hits in 2010,
averaging approximately 26 hits per second. He also stated that in
early 2011 the site consisted of almost 34,000 written pages
representing about 23 percent of the estimated insect species in North
America. In April 2012 the guide surpassed 500,000 photos. By
BugGuide had 30,774 species pages and 48,572 total
pages, with over 808,718 images submitted by more than 27,846
contributors. On 22 September 2014,
BugGuide surpassed 1,000,000
pages (most of which are photographs).
The photographs posted have contributed to or resulted in several
scientific publications. A large proportion of images featured in an
atlas of vespid wasps are credited to contributors to BugGuide.
BugGuide photographs have detected new state records of invasive pest
ants and beetles.
Geologist and moth collector Richard Wilson said of the site, "The
BugGuide site is very useful for anyone finding an insect and it is
very interactive on getting it identified if a picture can be
According to gardening author Margaret Roach, "The site is where
naturalists of all levels share photos of 'insects, spiders and their
kin' to foster enthusiasm and expand the knowledge base about these
often-overlooked (and as
BugGuide points out, 'oft-maligned')
According to the site itself, BugGuide.net has been responsible for
the identification of 11 new, previously undescribed species as of
mid-2014. In addition, 12 species new to the Western Hemisphere were
first identified via the site; another seven new to North America; and
numerous new country records (primarily the United States) and
^ "Discovering bugs and her passion". Des Moines Register. Retrieved
15 August 2011.
^ McCullough, Corinne; Cakey Worthington & Christopher J. Paradise
(2013). "Using Digital Macrophotography to Measure Biodiversity,
Identify Insects, and Enhance Outreach and Education". American
Entomologist. 59 (3): 176–182.
^ "John VanDyk's Contributor Page" on BugGuide.Net.
^ Ahern, Kevin (2009). "WebWatch- Done Buggy". BioTechniques. 47 (5):
^ a b "Five questions for John VanDyk" (PDF). Inside Iowa State. 3
February 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
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Department of Entomology. May 2012. Archived from the original on 1
May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
BugGuide System Statistics". BugGuide.net. 6 October 2014.
Retrieved 6 October 2014.
^ "longhorned beetle - Stenocorus vittiger - BugGuide.Net".
bugguide.net. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
^ Buck, M.; Marshall, S.A.; Cheung D.K.B. (2008). "Identification
Atlas of the
Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the northeastern
Nearctic region". Canadian Journal of
Arthropod Identification. 5.
doi:10.3752/cjai.2008.05. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ Marshall, S.A. (2008). "Field photography and the democratization of
arthropod taxonomy". American Entomologist. 54 (4): 207–210.
^ MacGown, J.A.; J.G. Hill (2010). "Two new exotic pest ants,
Pseudomyrmex gracilis and Monomorium floricola (Hymenoptera:
Formicidae) collected in Mississippi" (PDF). Midsouth Entomologist. 3:
^ Aalbu, R.L.; Kanda K.; Steiner W.E. Jr. (2009). "Opatroides
punctulatus Brullé now established in California (Coleoptera:
Tenebrionidae)". The Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 85 (2): 38–42.
^ "The Moth Man of Bay Center". Oregon Public Broadcasting. 19 July
2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
^ Margaret Roach (20 September 2012). "Why I'm Abuzz About
bugguide.net". A Way to Garden. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
^ "Bug Guide firsts list for Latin American Bug Guide project" on
BugGuide.Net. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
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