What is this bug?
Identifying insects can be very hard! They whole field of taxonomy is dedicated to figuring out how to classify, group, plants and animals. The system we use is called the Linnaean classification system. In this system organisms are grouped into Kingdoms, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and then Species. Insects are all in the Phylum arthropoda. Identifying insects to species is difficult so a good first step in identification is to figure out what Order of insect you are looking at. Use the Identify to Order tab to do this. If you want to go further, we've provided some more detailed identification information for common garden insects.
Photos are great tools to identify insects, and there are many in the photo gallery and the identification pages. However, many insects look alike, so check the text as well. The photo gallery has many more insects than the identification pages.
The identification information gathered and presented here is meant to be easy to use. It does not follow all the conventions for formal insect identification, but for most common garden insects, it will help you figure out what you've got.