What Bug Is That?

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What Bug Is That? provides identification keys and information to the 600+ insect families of Australia. Learn more about this project and its contributors.
Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Aug 2, 2018 Views: 16094
Key Author(s): CSIRO Key Publisher: CSIRO Key Version: 1.1
Interactive Multiplex Keys to Adult Female Mosquito Species of China (Diptera, Culicidae)


This key is an interactive diagnostic tool to help identify the medical important species of China, which comprises 33 species, forming a multivariate matrix of 76 morphological characters and more than 410 images to support identification of adult female mosquito species.

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(also see the website: Morphological Identification of Medical Vector, )

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Cost: Free

Note: This version of Mosquitoes Identification System of China is used for scientific and technological research, rather than for commercial distribution.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Aug 1, 2018 Views: 16549
Key Author(s): Tian-Ci YANG and Xiao-Bin ZHANG Key Publisher: Zhejiang International Tourism HealthcareCente, 2 Wensan Road of Xihu District, Hangzhou 310012, P.R. China Key Version: October 24, 2016
Thysanoptera Chinensis

Thripidae Genera from China


This identification and information system includes 98 genera of the Thysanoptera family Thripidae that are thought to occur in China. This number is certain to increase, with expanding field studies on the Oriental and Holarctic components of the fauna of this highly diverse country.

This system provides information on biology and distribution wherever possible, but little is known about how most thrips species spend their lives. All thrips show some specificity in their host plant associations, and some species are fully dependent for survival on one, or a restricted range, of plant species. One objective of this user-friendly system is to encourage more students in China to discover the larval host plants on which particular thrips species are dependent to maintain populations.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Jul 30, 2018 Views: 16723
Key Author(s): Zhang SM, Mound LA, & Hastings A (2018). Thysanoptera Chinensis. Key Publisher:, Identic Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia. Key Version: 1.0
key to the world species groups of Leucospis (Hymenoptera: Leucospidae)

This key provides an interactive identification tool designed to identify any Leucospis specimen to the species group level. The Lucid key recognizes 20 taxa of Leucospis, 16 species groups and 4 species sola (Darling and Cardinal 2005). Keys to the species are available in Boucek (1974).

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Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018 Views: 29893
Key Author(s): D. Christopher DARLING and Sophie CARDINAL Key Version: 1.5
Thrips of Brazil

The Thysanoptera fauna of Brazil is one of the most diverse in the world. More than 530 species were described based on material collected in Brazilian territory and approximately 700 species are recorded from this country. This number represents more than 10% of the species described in the Thysanoptera. Besides the large number of species, the Brazilian fauna is also diverse in terms of ecology and life histories.

In this identification system, the user can identify the 6 Thysanoptera families that occur in Brazil.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Feb 15, 2018 Views: 30283
Key Author(s): Adriano Cavalleri, Laurence A. Mound, Mariana F. Lindner, Marcos Botton, Milton de Souza Mendonça Jr. Key Version: Feb 2018
Key to the World Genera of Eulophidae Parasitoids (Hymenoptera) of Leafmining Agromyzidae (Diptera)


In this website, we provided a key of the world genera of eulophids recorded on agromyzid leafminers. We used 25 characters and recognized 29 genera, divided in the subfamilies as follows: 6 genera within Tetrastichinae, 10 within Entedoninae, and 13 among Eulophinae (7 Cirrospilini and 6 Eulophini). For each genus, notes are given for diagnosis, classification, distribution, and biology. Taxonomic comments and numerous pictures have been also provided in order to facilitate their recognition. We however considered separately two taxa within Cirrospilus Westwood: the species C. ambiguus Hansson & La Salle and the “variegatus group” of species. Both taxa have in fact unique features within Cirrospilus, and warrant further investigation as to their exact generic limits. We were unable to include two other genera belonging to the subfamily Eulophinae and recorded as agromyzid parasitoids (Noyes, 2001): Ginsiella Erdös and Guptaiella Khan & Sushil (see comments under these genera). Finally, some notes, supported by pictures, about the family Eulophidae and its subfamilies are given. Notes on Elasmini are also provided, as there are some Lepidoptera leafminers parasitoids within this tribe. We haven’t considered the tribes Gyrolasomini and Euderomphalini and the unplaced tribes Platytrecampini, Anselmellini and Ophemilini, as none of these have ever been recorded as parasitoids of leafminers.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017 Views: 54714
Key Author(s): Placido Reina and John La Salle Key Publisher: CSIRO Key Version: 16 January, 2006, Updated 11 December 2017
An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil


This key is an interactive tool to help identify the troglobitic invertebrates species that occurs in Brazil. The key comprises 78 species, forming a matrix of 231 morphological characters and more than 200 images to support identification.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017 Views: 66069
Key Author(s): Daniele Regina Parizotto, Amanda Ciprandi Pires, Kleber Makoto Mise, Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira & Gisele Cristina Sessegolo Key Publisher: Key Version: November 2017
Key to the white grub adults and larvae


Key to the white grub adults and larvae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae, Rutelinae, Melolonthinae) that occur in sugarcane of southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. This Lucid key forms part of the output of EU-ACP Sugar Research Programme (RPR/009/07) EDF IX Project 2.1.USE OF BIOPESTICIDES FOR THE CONTROL OF SUGARCANE WHITE GRUBS.


Corinna S. Bazelet1, Mike Way2, Pia Addison1, Des Conlong1,2, Seelavarn Ganeshan3
1 IPM Initiative, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2 South African Sugarcane Research Institute, South Africa
3 Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute, Mauritius

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Nov 8, 2017 Views: 77234
Key Publisher: Key Version: November 2017
Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera: Psychopsidae)

Fully illustrated identification guide to the extant subfamilies, genera and species of the Afrotropical Psychopsidae.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017 Views: 38430
Key Author(s): Deon K. Bakkes, Catherine L. Sole, Mervyn W. Mansell Key Version: 1.0
Thysanoptera Aotearoa (Thrips of New Zealand)

There have been few studies on the thrips of New Zealand. Most of the information presented in this system is derived from two Fauna of New Zealand volumes (Mound & Walker 1982; 1986). However, much of the data in those two volumes was derived from limited amounts of field work, both in space and time. Particularly missing are biological studies on thrips species that are native to New Zealand, with many of these remaining known from very few specimens.

Only for some Thripidae have there been studies on biology and host-plant range. Teulon & Penman (1990) produced outstanding data on the diversity of plants on which Thrips obscuratus breeds. Martin & Mound (2004) explored the host associations of several species, and Martin (2017) provided good data on the host plants of Panchaetothripinae in New Zealand.

For the many species of fungus-feeding Phlaeothripidae there have been no studies on biology or behaviour, although the sexual dimorphism and male polyphenism many such species exhibit suggests the existence of competitive behaviours.

Posted By: Site Admin Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017 Views: 31276
Key Author(s): Mound LA, Nielsen M & Hastings A Key Publisher:, Identic Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia. Key Version: 2017
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