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Insect Identification & Management

Insects, as a group, currently include over one million known species in thePhoto: Ladybeetle world, with probably millions more yet to be described. These species are divided up into 33 orders, and of these the largest order is the Beetles, or Coleoptera, with 125 different families and over 500,000 species. Thus, insect identification (taxonomy) is no small matter. For most end users of taxonomic information, quick indexes to insects by commodity group is the easiest way to identify a common pest in a particular urban or agricultural habitat. The commodity links below are organized by the commodity where the insect you are interested in might be found. For example, look under Apiculture for insect photos and management information associated with beekeeping, or to vegetables for insect pests of vegetables occurring in Georgia. Secondly, there is an insect image database that can be searched under the Bugwood link. For individuals trained in entomology, taxonomic information is being constructed under the Insects by Keys links.

Insects by Commodity

Search for Insect Images

Insects by Keys

  • What is Taxonomy?
  • Key to Orders
  • IPM Keys

Insect Identification Services

Although extension faculty will be glad to provide insect identifications for the public as time permits, we request that specimens be submitted via your local county agent if possible. These agents may be able to provide insect identifications themselves, or if not, they are trained to submit the specimen to the appropriate faculty member via the mail or electronically via the Digital Distance Diagnostic Image System. Due to the large number of specimens submitted, those insects causing economic damage or those affecting public health will take priority over those submitted for curiosity purposes. There are millions of described insect species and many more that have not been scientifically described. Identification to the species level is not always possible due to damaged specimens, unclear images, or incomplete information.

Georgia homeowner insect identification requests are best directed via county agents as well, but specimens may also be submitted directly to Ms. Lisa Ames at the address below (PDF sample submission form).

Ms. Lisa Ames
1109 Experiment Station Road
Georgia Experiment Station
Griffin, Georgia 30223-1797


University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)