Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Insect Inventory

Insects are such an important part of this world. They could live without us, but we could not live without them. I’ve been reading about insects and their relationships with plants for years but in 2013, I started photographing them; all the photos of all the insects are mine and I will add more as I get interesting angles or better photos!

Insects that overwinter have adapted only 1 stage of their lifecycle to survive this. As you will see, some overwinter as eggs, larvae, pupae, or adults. Lepidoptera, as an order, has the most diverse methods of overwintering in their families and species but seldom do they overwinter as caterpillars. There are exceptions though!

The information that is included within came from a variety of sources. I am a voracious reader so will be adding to this list and to the information on each page as I come across interesting tidbits.

Before we head into the listing, I want to mention that we should treat invertebrate humanely as they do feel pain much as humans do. This information came from a study that was discussed in one of Thomas Eisner’s books.

Arachnids – Spiders
Coleoptera – Beetles
Diptera — Flies
Hemiptera – True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies
Hymenoptera – Ants, Bees, Sawflies, and Wasps
Lepidoptera – Butterflies
Lepidoptera – Moths
Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies
Orthoptera — Grasshoppers, Locusts, Katydids, Crickets
Other Insects and Invertebrates