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BugFiles - Identify Bugs & Insects with Pictures - Dave's Garden

Welcome to BugFiles, a database designed to help gardeners identify the insects, spiders, and butterflies in their gardens. BugFiles continues to grow through the collaborative efforts of 2,956 gardeners from around the world. Any registered user may add new insects, images, comments, and ZIP codes. Learn more about BugFiles in our BugFiles FAQ

There are 7,269 bugs listed, with 16,526 images and 3,072 comments in our database.

You may search for entries by common or scientific name, or browse through an entire order of bugs to find what you're looking for. If you would like to add your own photo, description, or other details to a particular insect or bug, you will find the links to do just that under the current information within each entry.

If you know of a bug that is not yet in our database we invite you to add it. (You must be a registered member of Dave's Garden to create new entries, or add information and photos to our database. Membership is free, click here for instructions.)

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Browse bug orders:

OrderOrder Common NameImage
Acari Mites and Ticks Thumbnail of American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
Amphipoda Amphipods Thumbnail of Land Hopper (Arcitalitrus sylvaticus)
Araneae Spiders Thumbnail of Writing Spider, Scribbler, Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)
Architaenioglossa Apple Snails Thumbnail of Florida Apple Snail (Pomacea paludosa)
Basommatophora Thumbnail of Freshwater Limpet (Ferrissia petterdi)
Blattodea Cockroaches Thumbnail of Common Shining Cockroach (Drymaplaneta communis)
Cephalostigmata Pseudocentipedes, Symphyla Thumbnail of Pseudocentipede (Hanseniella sp.)
Coleoptera Beetles Thumbnail of Reddish-brown Stag Beetle (Pseudolucanus capreolus)
Collembola Springtails Thumbnail of Springtail (Podura aquatica)
Decapoda Crabs and Crayfish Thumbnail of Red Swamp Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdad, Mudbug (Procambarus clarkii)
Dermaptera Earwigs Thumbnail of Linear Earwig (Doru lineare)
Dictyoptera Mantids Thumbnail of Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia)
Diptera Flies Thumbnail of Lesser Brown Blowfly, Bluebodied Blowfly (Calliphora augur)
Embiidina Webspinners Thumbnail of Black Webspinner (Oligotoma nigra)
Ephemeroptera Mayflies Thumbnail of Mayfly (Hexagenia limbata)
Geophilomorpha Soil Centipedes Thumbnail of Soil Centipede (Strigamia sp.)
Haplotaxida Earthworms Thumbnail of Grey Worm (Aporrectodea caliginosa)
Hemiptera True Bugs Thumbnail of Cactus Coreid Bug (Cheilinidea vittiger)
Homoptera Cicadas, Hoppers and Aphids Thumbnail of Dog Day Cicada, Chicharra (Tibicen canicularis)
Hymenoptera (part 1) Ants Thumbnail of Bulldog Ant, Bull Ant, Inchman (Myrmecia forficata)
Hymenoptera (part 2) Bees Thumbnail of Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Hymenoptera (part 3) Wasps Thumbnail of Common Yellow Jacket (Paravespula vulgaris)
Isopoda Isopods, Slaters and Woodlice Thumbnail of European Sow Bug (Oniscus asellus)
Isoptera Termites Thumbnail of Long-jawed Desert Termite (Gnathamitermes perplexus)
Julida Julid Millipedes Thumbnail of Black Portuese Millipede (Ommatoiulus moreleti)
Lepidoptera (part 1) Butterflies Thumbnail of Butterfly Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Lepidoptera (part 2) Moths Thumbnail of Ornate Tiger Moth (Apantesis ornata)
Lithobiomorpha Stone Centipedes Thumbnail of Stone Centipede (Lithobius peregrinus)
Mecoptera Scorpion-flies Thumbnail of Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis)
Megaloptera Alderflies, Dobsonflies Thumbnail of Eastern Dobsonfly (Corydalus cornutus)
Neuroptera Lacewings Thumbnail of Golden-eyed Lacewing (Chrysopa oculata)
Odonata (part 1) Damselflies Thumbnail of River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)
Odonata (part 2) Dragonflies Thumbnail of Sedge Darner, Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
Opiliones Harvestmen Thumbnail of Harvestman (Megalopsalis serritarsus)
Orthoptera Grasshoppers and Crickets Thumbnail of Yellow-winged Locust (Gastrimargus musicus)
Phasmatodea Stick Insects and Walking Sticks Thumbnail of Two-Striped Walkingstick, Palmetto Walkingstick, Devil Rider, Musk Mare (Anisomorpha buprestoides)
Plecoptera Stoneflies Thumbnail of Stonefly (Trinotoperla sinuosa)
Polydesmida Polydesmid Millipedes Thumbnail of Flat-backed Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
Psocoptera Book Lice, Bark Lice Thumbnail of Barklouse (Myopsocus australis)
Pulmonata Slugs and Snails Thumbnail of Pacific Sideband (Monadenia fidelis)
Scolopendromorpha Scolopendromorph Centipedes Thumbnail of Orange-footed Centipede (Cormocephalus aurantipes)
Scorpiones Scorpions Thumbnail of Wood Scorpion (Cercophonius squama)
Scutigeromorpha House Centipedes Thumbnail of House Centipede (Allothereua maculata)
Solifugae Windscorpions
Spirobolida Spirobolid Millipedes Thumbnail of American Giant Millipede (Narceus americanus)
Systellommatophora Land Slugs Thumbnail of Florida Leatherleaf (Leidyula floridana)
Thysanoptera Thrips Thumbnail of Thrip (Aeolothrips sp.)
Trichoptera Caddis-flies Thumbnail of Netspinning Caddisfly (Smicridea fasciatella)
Tricladida Flatworms, Land Planarians Thumbnail of Mollusc-eating Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium vagum)
Uropygi Tailed Whip-scorpions Thumbnail of Giant Vinegarone (Mastigoproctus giganteus)
Zygentoma Silverfish Thumbnail of Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)

The latest images:

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) SallieKr Image
Grape Leaf Skeletonizer (Harrisina americana) VineLand Image
saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) wandygirl Image
Robber Fly (Asilus sericeus) madameyoohoo Image
Hammerhead Worm (land planarian) (Bipalium kewense) Slmorgan95 Image
Crevice Weaver Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) naynayb69 Image
Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudatus) Nopala Image
Common Pinkband Moth (Ogdoconta cinereola) C_A_Ivy Image
Detracted Owlet (Lesmone detrahens) C_A_Ivy Image
Click beetle (Diplostethus carolinensis) C_A_Ivy Image
Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane) nutsaboutnature Image
Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane) nutsaboutnature Image
Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane) nutsaboutnature Image
American Bumble Bee (Bombus pennsylvanicus) C_A_Ivy Image
Green Stick Insect, Walking Stick (Acanthoxyla inermis) RosinaBloom Image
Green Stick Insect, Walking Stick (Acanthoxyla inermis) RosinaBloom Image
Green Stick Insect, Walking Stick (Acanthoxyla inermis) RosinaBloom Image
Swift Ground Spider, Wasp-mimicking Sac Spider (Supunna picta) RosinaBloom Image
Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea) RosinaBloom Image
Grass Grub Beetle, Grass Grub Chafer (Costelytra zealandica) RosinaBloom Image
Grass Grub Beetle, Grass Grub Chafer (Costelytra zealandica) RosinaBloom Image
March Fly (Dilophus nigrostigma) RosinaBloom Image
March Fly (Dilophus nigrostigma) RosinaBloom Image
March Fly (Dilophus nigrostigma) RosinaBloom Image
March Fly (Dilophus nigrostigma) RosinaBloom Image

The latest comments:

BugMemberRating Type
Grape Leaf Skeletonizer (Harrisina americana) VineLand Negative
Obscure Psara moyh (Psara obscuralis) Bhavi Positive
Saddleback Caterpillar Moth (Sibine stimulea) wandygirl Negative
Jeweled Flower Mantis (Creobroter gemmatus) avazquez Positive
Green Stick Insect, Walking Stick (Acanthoxyla inermis) Terry Positive
Green Stick Insect, Walking Stick (Acanthoxyla inermis) RosinaBloom Positive
Swift Ground Spider, Wasp-mimicking Sac Spider (Supunna picta) RosinaBloom Positive
Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea) RosinaBloom Positive
Grass Grub Beetle, Grass Grub Chafer (Costelytra zealandica) RosinaBloom Positive
March Fly (Dilophus nigrostigma) RosinaBloom Positive
Scentless Plant Bug (Niesthrea louisianica) Desirai Neutral
Dragonfly (Antipodochlora braueri) RosinaBloom Positive
Green June Beetle, Fig Beetle (Cotinis mutabilis) catlady4 Neutral
Velvet Ant, Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis) Lisa42Tn Neutral
Common Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) nutsaboutnature Positive
Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon) nutsaboutnature Positive
Beetle, Lady-bird Beetle, Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) Chillybean Negative
Velvet Ant, Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis) Freelancefotog Neutral
Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis) houstonmom Negative
Spotted Leopard Slug, Giant Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) flo9 Negative
Snail (Bothriembryon tasmanicus) Bhavi Neutral
Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus) patpmul Neutral
Leaf footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) Josh12 Negative
Luna Moth (Actias luna) sandy0225 Positive
Damselfly, Citrine Fork-tail (Ischnura hastata) C_A_Ivy Positive

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