Keys for the identification of British hymenoptera and some other orders

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.

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. 

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 where notification of any updates to keys will be posted.
Order Hymenoptera


            Apocrita Aculeata

            Apocrita Parasitica                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Order Dermaptera -  key to British species

Order Ephemeroptera

           Afrotropical Ephemeroptera families

Order Hemiptera 

Order Megaloptera - key to British species

Order Microcoryphia - key to British species

Order Psocoptera (barklice and booklice)

    key to British families with fully-developed wings

    Key to British species of family Elipsocidae

Order Thysanoptera (thrips) - keys to British genera

Order Zygentoma - key to British species

Order Diptera - go to https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeys2 

Order Coleoptera - go to https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeys

Plants of North Hampshire

Mike Hackston,
19 Jun 2017, 14:36
Mike Hackston,
19 Jun 2017, 13:45