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Photo gallery

Look through the photos for the insect you are trying to identify

There are a lot of insects in your garden! Here is a photo gallery of some commonly seen insects. Scroll through to see if you can find the one you are interested in identifying. The order the insect belongs to is listed with the picture. If you don't see what you are looking for, try the Resources section of the website. 

Natural Enemies - Pollinators - Pests - Other Common Insects

NATURAL ENEMIES (What's a natural enemy?

Lady beetle egg (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Lady beetle larvae, young (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Lady beetle larva (young) eating aphid (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Lady beetle larva, old (Order: Coleoptera)

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Lady beetle larva, old (Order: Coleoptera) 

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Lady beetle pupa (Order: Coleoptera)

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Lady beetle adult (Order: Coleoptera). See individual identification pages to identified the species  

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Lady beetle adult (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Lacewing egg (Order: Neuroptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Lacewings eggs (Order: Neuroptera)

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Lacewing larva, young (Order: Neuroptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Lacwing larva (old) eating an aphid (Order: Neuroptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Lacewing cocoon (Order: Neuroptera)

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Lacewing adult with egg (Order: Neuroptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Lacewing adult (Order: Neuroptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Aphid and  aphid mummy (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Aphids and aphid mummies on kale (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace

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Mummies from which aphid parasitoids have emerged

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Aphid parasitoid (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Parasitoid in the sub-family Ophioninae

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Syrphid egg (Order: Diptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Syrphid larva eating an aphid (Order: Diptera and Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Syrphid larva (young) eating an aphid (Order: Diptera and Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Syrphid adult (Order: Diptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Syrphid adult (Order: Diptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Syrphid adult (Order: Diptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Aphid midge eggs with aphids (Order: Diptera and Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill  

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Young praying mantis (Order: Mantodea) 

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Adult praying mantis (Order: Mantodea) 

Photo credit: Kevi Mace

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Pirate bug (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: USDA 

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Dragon fly (Order: Odonata)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Damsel fly (Order: Odonata)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Long leg fly, Dolichopodidae (Order: Diptera) 

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Jumping spider (Not an insect! Order Araneae)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Crab spider (Not an insect! Order Araneae) 

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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POLLINATORS

Bumble bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Bumble bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Honey bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Honey bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Carpenter bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Green bee, female (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Green bee, male (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Long horned bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Halictid bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Woolly carder bee (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Bee fly (Order: Diptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Anise Swallowtail adult (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Anise swallowtail caterpillar (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Checkerspot (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Skipper (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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PESTS

Kale/cabbage/broccoli aphids (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Aphids on roses (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Pea aphid (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Poplar aphid (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Spider mite damage (Also not an insect. Order Trombidformes)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Cabbage looper caterpillar (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Cabbage looper adult (Order: Lepidoptera)

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Harlequin bug eggs and nymphs (Order: Hemiptera)

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Harlequin bug (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill

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Cucumber beetle, often mistaken for a lady beetle (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace

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Leaf hopper (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Mealy bug (Order: Hemiptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Young caterpillars on a kale leaf (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Tobacco budworm (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Tobacco budworm next to a hole it chewed in a flower bud (Order: Lepidoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Thrips (Order: Thysanoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Thrips (Order: Thysanoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Adult grasshopper (Order Orthoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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OTHER COMMON INSECTS

Solider beetle (Order: Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Leaf beetle (Order: Coleoptera) 

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Argentina ants (Order: Hymenoptera)

Photo credit: Tim Brackbill 

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Juvenile katydid (Order: Tettigoniidae)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace

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Adult Katydid (Order: Tettigoniidae)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Ground beetle (Order Coleoptera)

Photo from http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/common_black_ground_beetle.htm

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Long horned beetle (Order:Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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Long horned beetle larva (Order:Coleoptera)

Photo credit: Kevi Mace 

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