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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 2,943 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 7,256 bugs listed, with 16,480 images and 3,055 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:

Hummingbird Moth, Common Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) Alicen100
Eggplant Leafroller (Lineodes integra) C_A_Ivy
Eggplant Leafroller (Lineodes integra) C_A_Ivy
Eggplant Leafroller (Lineodes integra) C_A_Ivy
Fishing Spider (Dolomedes scriptus) C_A_Ivy
Fishing Spider (Dolomedes scriptus) C_A_Ivy
Calligrapha beetle (Calligrapha multipunctata) Daylestar Image
Cottonwood Borer (Plectrodera scalator) C_A_Ivy Image
Jumping Spider (Phidippus princeps) C_A_Ivy Image
Moth, Cyclophora nanaria (Cyclophora nanaria) C_A_Ivy Image
Brown Bark Carpet moth (Horisme intestinata) C_A_Ivy Image
Moth, White-spotted Redectis Moth (Redectis vitrea) C_A_Ivy Image
Fall Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera frugiperda) C_A_Ivy Image
Moth, Red-lined Panopoda Moth (Panopoda rufimargo) C_A_Ivy Image
Spotted Leopard Slug, Giant Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) flo9 Image
Atala (Eumaeus atala) mellielong Image
Atala (Eumaeus atala) mellielong Image
Atala (Eumaeus atala) mellielong Image
Luna Moth (Actias luna) ADTarask Image
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) SallieKr Image
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) SallieKr Image
Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio machaon subsp. oregonius) weedsfree Image
Common Eupithecia Moth (Eupithecia miserulata) C_A_Ivy Image
Ebony Jewelwing, Black-winged Damselfly (Calopteryx maculata) pigsfly Image
Ebony Jewelwing, Black-winged Damselfly (Calopteryx maculata) pigsfly Image

The latest comments:

BugMemberRating Type
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
Velvet Ant, Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis) beachesgirl Neutral
Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) finisht Positive
Grapevine Beetle, Spotted June Beetle, Spotted Pelidnota (Pelidnota punctata) toulad0802 Neutral
Ant Lion (Glenurus gratus) MelanieTex Positive
Hammerhead Worm (land planarian) (Bipalium kewense) Baby9974 Positive
Stalk Borer Moth (Papaipema nebris) Chillybean Positive
Banded Alder Borer (Rosalia funebris) vanislandgirl Neutral
Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus) Chillybean Positive
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada) vitrsna Neutral
Green Stink Bug, Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula) Chillybean Neutral
Black Fire-fly (Lucidota atra) jmc1987 Positive
Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus) maccionoadha Neutral
Hammerhead Worm (land planarian) (Bipalium kewense) holmes1012 Negative
(Trigonothops sp.) Frogman50 Neutral
Leaf Beetle, Goldenrod Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda canadensis) MaryArneson Negative
Pillbug, Sowbug, roly-poly (Armadillidium vulgare) dowbright Negative
Sand Grasshopper (Trimerotropis maritima) C_A_Ivy Neutral

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