The insects of british columbia


Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa), photo by Diane Williamson

The largest groups of organisims in the world are insects and, while insects are invertebrates, they are such a large group that we have given them their own section in E-Fauna BC. In this section, we provide introductions to the orders and families of insects found in BC, along with keys to the famlies. These introductions are primarily extracted from the three-volume book-in-progress by Geoff Scudder and Rob Cannings: The Insect Families of British Columbia. The authors have kindly provided this manuscript so we can bring their work online. Additional insect introductions have been provided by Peter Belton (Mosquitoes), Crispin Guppy (Butterflies), Staffan Lindgren (Ants), and Rob Vandermoor (Moths). Browse the introductions to learn more about this diverse group. Visit the E-Fauna insect photo gallery.

The following introductory and summary insect information is available in E-Fauna BC.

Ants of British Columbia (Lindgren)
The Butterflies of BC (Guppy)
Introduction to the Moths of British Columbia (Vandermoor)
Introduction to the Mosquitoes of British Columbia (Belton)

Excerpts from The Insect Families of British Columbia:

Introduction to the Orders   Family Information
     
Archeognatha (Jumping Bristletails)   Family Descriptions and Key
Blattodea (Cockroaches)   Family Descriptions and Key
Coleoptera (Beetles)   Family Descriptions and Key
Collembola (Springtails)   Family Descriptions and Key
Dermaptera (Earwigs)   Family Descriptions and Key
Diplura (Hexapods)   Family Descriptions and Key
Diptera (Flies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Grylloblattodea (Rock Crawlers)   Family Descriptions and Key
Hemiptera (True Bugs)   Family Descriptions and Key
Hymenoptera (Bees, Ants, Wasps)  
Isoptera (Termites)   Family Descriptions and Key
Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)   Family Descriptions and Key
Mantodea (Mantids)   Family Descriptions and Key
Mecoptera (Scorpionflies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Megaloptera (Dobsonflies/Alderflies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Neuroptera (Lacewings and Antlions)   Family Descriptions and Key
Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, etc.)   Family Descriptions and Key
Phtiraptera (Bird and Mammal Lice)   Family Descriptions and Key
Protura (Hexapods)   Family Descriptions and Key
Psocoptera (Bark Lice, Wood Lice)   Family Descriptions and Key
Raphidioptera (Snakeflies)   Family Descriptions and Key
Siphonaptera (Fleas)   Family Descriptions and Key
Strepsiptera (Twisted-wing Parasites)   Family Descriptions and Key
Thysanoptera (Thrips)   Family Descriptions and Key
Thysanura (Silverfish and Bristletails)   Family Descriptions and Key
Insect Glossary    

 

Please cite these pages as:

Author, date, page title. In:   Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2013. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [www.efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Date Accessed]

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