How to identify bugs
January 13, 2011 1:23 pm
Is there a way on your website to narrow down the bugs kind of like Tiger Direct narrows down your search when you want to buy something. Like 6 or 8 legs, does it fly, how many sections to it’s body and so on?
Signature: David Harris

Hi David,
Organization has never been our strong point, and our archives can be quite daunting to navigate. Our search engine can be very effective though, if a description is typed in.  Since the search engine also searches words in the letters that are submitted, using everyday language can come up with some surprisingly accurate results.  Though we promote an appreciation of the lower beasts, we are artists and not scientists, and we have no formal entomology background, so the logic a taxonomic key as you suggest was never a criterion for the design of our site.

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