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Keys for the identification of British insects

Welcome to my selection of illustrated identification aids for insects.  The amazing diversity of insects illustrates and celebrates the creativity and imagination of God and my hope is that you will not only find these keys useful and attractive but also that they would lead you to worship.
 
These dichotomous keys are designed for use on screen.  I would like to envisage them being used on a PC at home or in a lab, or used in the field, for example on a smart phone or tablet.  They are not designed to be printed.  The layout with one couplet for each page is deliberate and moving through the keys should be possible using the hyperlinks, or if using a tablet, by swiping through the document.
Trichopsocus brincki - a relatively recent colonist for England

It is my conviction that good quality keys should be available online for all users freely so that advances in natural history knowledge are not hampered at the firs
t hurdle of identification. 
 
My first coleoptera keys were updated and illustrated versions of the keys to British coleoptera published by Joy in 1932.  Since some of the out of print Handbooks for
the Identification of British Insects have now been published on the web under a Creative Commons License I have started to write illustrated keys with updated nomenclature based on these as well.  There are also a few keys translated from French and German works.  The diptera keys include adaptations of the keys in Collin (1960). 
The ephemeroptera key was prepared for me to use in Africa. 


If you find the keys helpful please let me know.  I am very keen to improve them so if you find anything that needs changing, is unclear, or requires clarification please contact me on mikesinsectkeysATgmail.com.

I am also a keen botanist and am trying to write illustrated keys for the plants of North Hampshire in southern England.  Follow the blog at http://mikehackston.blogspot.co.uk
 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trichopsocus brinki - a relatively recent arrival

Coleoptera

    Aderidae                    Anthicidae        
    Biphyllidae                Bostrichidae           Buprestidae                Byrrhidae
    Cantharidae              Carabidae                Cerambycidae            Cerylonidae        Chrysomelidae            Ciidae         Colydiidae
    Dasytidae                  Dermestidae            Dryopidae
    Erotylidae  
    Geotrupidae              Gyrinidae
    Heteroceridae           Histeridae
    Meloidae                    Mycetophagidae
    Nitidulidae 
    Silphidae                   Silvanidae            Staphylinidae
    Trogidae
 

Diptera

Ephemeroptera

           Afrotropical Ephemeroptera families

Hemiptera

        Psylloidea

Hymenoptera

            Symphyta


Plants of North Hampshire


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