By Chuck Nafziger
I am having a great time continuing on my photo documentation of the insects around here. Belinda, one of my insect photo mentors, showed me an identification link, bugguide.net. I turn in photos and usually within hours, I have some initial identification done. Occasionally, I do not even know what in what classification Order to place one of my photo models. Bugguide.net usually gets me at least some initial classification within hours, or a day. I have not had too much luck with flies, but general identifications of sawflies and beetles have been pretty good. Many insects cannot be identified to the species level from a photo, but identification to Family or Genus gives a lot of information. For a refresher, the major classification levels are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
Here is a quiz for you, mostly in the Order Hymenoptera, the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. Try to identify the photos to Family: bee, wasp, ant or sawfly, and which are the flies?.
Bees: A, I
Flies: F, G