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Insects of North America: A Collection of Stunning Photos

Updated: Nov 23, 2023


A Collection of Stunning Insect & Spider Photos


There are over 91,000 different species of insects and other arthropods known to occur in North America, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). This number includes all kinds of bugs, such as beetles, butterflies, moths, ants, bees, wasps, flies, spiders, mosquitoes, and many others. However, it's important to note that new species are still being discovered and classified, so the total number of bug species in North America is likely to be even higher than 91,000.


Granted it would take a lifetime to take pictures of that many bugs. But, we will give it a shot. All the pictures are taken by Shutter Bison and are sorted by the common name for the insects.


Last updated: 11/23/23


COUNT: 89 - Stay tuned, more Insects are to come with each outing.


 

A

Augochlora Green Metalic Bee Habitat: Meadows Range: North America



American Cockroach Habitat: Urban Areas Range: North America Note: Best version of a cockroach - dead



 

B

​​Band-Eyed Drone Fly Habitat: Fields and Meadows Range: North America



Band-winged Grasshopper Habitat: Fields and Meadows Range: North America



Bark Scorpion Habitat: Desert / Semi Desert Range: Western United States



Bee Fly Habitat: Meadows, Open Areas Range: North America



Bird Grasshopper Habitat: Meadow and Fields Range: North America



Black Ground Beetle Habitat: Wooded areas and sometimes fields Range: North America



Black and Yellow Garden Spider Habitat: Meadows and open areas Range: North America



Blow Fly Greenbottle Fly Bluebottle Fly Habitat: Urban Areas Range: Western United States to Mexico


Bordered Plant Bug Habitat: Woods and Fields Range: Western United States



Broad-necked Darkling Beetle Habitat: Desert / Semi Desert Range: Western United States



Brown Daddy Long-Legs Habitat: Fields and Forests Range: North America


Buckeye Butterly Habitat: Open Areas Range: North America Note: This poor butterfly has seen better days



 


C

California Harvester Ants Habitat: Dry open Areas Range: West Coast of North America


California Leafcutting Bee Habitat: Semiarid Hillsides Range: California



Carpenter Bee Habitat: Forests and adjacent meadows Range: North America



Checkered White Butterly Habitat: Open Areas Range: North America



Cloudless Sulphur Butterly Habitat: Tropical Forests Range: Southern North America



Colorado Soldier Beetle Habitat: Fields, Prairies Range: mid-west



Convergent Lady Bug Habitat: Forests and Meadows Range: North America



 

D

Dainty Tiger Beetle Habitat: Sandy Areas Range: Eastern United States



Desert Loxosceles Spider Habitat: Arid Areas Range: Western United States


Desert Tarantula Habitat: Desert Range: Western United States



Differentail Grasshopper Habitat: Grasslands and open woods Range: United States Note: These two dirty birds (sorry, they are not fond of birds) are a mating pair



 

E

Earwig Habitat: Dark damp areas Range: North America



Eastern Daddy Long-legs Habitat: Open areas Range: East of the Rockys



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterly Habitat: Open Areas and mixed forests Range: East of the Rocky Mountains



​​Elongated Long-jawed Orbweaver Habitat: Meadows, Marshes, near water Range: North America



 


F

Flesh Fly Habitat: Everywhere Range: North America



Forest Wolf Spider Habitat: Woods Range: North America



Fork-tailed Bush Katydid Habitat: Woodlands and Forests Range: North America



 

G

Garden Snail Habitat: Gardens Range: North America



Garden Spider Habitat: Gardens Range: North America


Giant Desert Centipede Habitat: Desert Range: Southwest to West United States



Giant Robber Fly Habitat: Pastures and open fields Range: Midwest



Golden Paper Wasp Habitat: Meadows and wooded areas Range: Western North America



Goldenrod Spider Flower Spider Crab Spider Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America Note: Can change color to match the flower its hunting in



Green Apple Aphid Habitat: Anywhere theres plants Range: North America



Green Assassin Bug Habitat: Meadows and Wooded areas Range: North America Note: Photo is a Nymph (young) Assassin Bug



Green Valley Grasshopper Habitat: Fields and Meadows Range: Western United States



Grizzled Skipper Butterfly Habitat: Woodlands and Grasslands Range: North America



Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Habitat: Woodlands, Grasslands, Fields Range: North America / South America



 

H

Honey Bee Habitat: Meadows and Wooded Areas Range: North America



House Centipede Habitat: Urban Areas Range: North America



House Cricket Habitat: Urban Areas Range: North America



Hover Fly Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America



 

I

Ironclad Beetle Habitat: Deserts Range: Southwest More Details



 

J

Jerusalem Cricket Potato Bug Habitat: Hillsides and slopes Range: Western United States



 

K

Katydid Nymph Habitat: Woodlands and Forests Range: North America



 

L

Large Bee Fly Habitat: Fields and Meadows Range: North America



Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly Habitat: Forest Edges, Canyons, Streamsides Range: Western North America



 

M

Metaphid Jumping Spider Habitat: Meadows and woods Range: North America



Monarch Butterfly Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America Note: Migrate to Mexico every autumn



 



N-P

Olive-green Swamp Grasshopper Habitat: Wetlands Range: Eastern / Southern United States



Painted Grasshopper Habitat: Desert Grasslands Range: Texas up to Colorado



Painted Lady Butterfly Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America



Pallid-winged Grasshopper Habitat: Everywhere Range: North America



Paper Wasp Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America



Polybiine Paper Wasp Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: Western United States



Praying Mantis Habitat: Meadows and Fields Range: North America



 

Q-R

Red Jumping Spider Habitat: Meadows and woods Range: West Coast of North America



Red Saddlebag Dragonfly Habitat: Near slow-moving water Range: North America



Red Skimmer Dragonfly Habitat: Near water Range: North America



​Robber Fly Habitat: Pastures and open fields Range: East of the Rocky Mountains



Ruby Spot Damselfly Habitat: Near water Range: North America



 

S

Sandhills Hornet Habitat: Near Sandy areas Range: North America



Scarab-hunter Wasp Habitat: Meadows and Forest edges Range: Western United States



Silver Argiope Habitat: Dry Humid Environments Range: North America



Silvery-blue Butterfly Habitat: Open Woods Range: North America



Spur-throated Grasshopper Habitat: Open Areas Range: North America



 


T

Tarantula Hawk Habitat: Rolling hills and open plains Range: California and Mexico More Details



Ten-lined June Bug Habitat: Forests and woods Range: Western and Southwestern United States



Thistledown Velvet Ant Habitat: Arid and Semi-arid areas Range: Western United States Note: guarding egg sack



Thread-waisted Wasp Habitat: Open Areas Range: North America


Two-striped Grasshopper Habitat: Grasslands Range: North America





 

U-Z

Variable Checkerspot Butterfly Habitat: Sagebrush flats, chaparral, desert hills, high prairie Range: North America



Wandering Spider Habitat: Woods Range: Southwest / Western North America



Water Strider Habitat: Surface of Ponds, Slow Streams Range: North America



​​Western Spotted Orbweaver Habitat: Tall grass, Woods, Gardens Range: North America



Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterly Habitat: Open Areas and mixed forests Range: Western North America



White-lined Sphinx Habitat: Meadows and Grasslands Range: North America



Yellow Bee Fly Habitat: Meadows and Grasslands Range: North America



Yellow Jacket Wasp Habitat: Meadows and Edges of forested areas Range: North America



Yellow Skipper Butterfly Habitat: Meadows and Grasslands Range: North America




Stay tuned, more Insects are to come with each outing.


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