Identifying Invertebrates

Invertebrates & Taxonomic List…….

Observing Invertebrates can be one of the most fascinating experiences.  They are typically tiny creatures that can be found in every ecosystem in Maine.  However, identifying these animals can be very difficult and sometimes the best guess of what group they belong in is the closet you can get to knowing what you are seeing.

Creatures like the Starfish, snails, spiders or butterflies are easy to group while others are more challenging, especially Insects.  It is helpful to look at Field Guides and References before going out to observe.  An online reference that is very helpful is Bug Guide found here…..

Folger Library at the University of Maine also has an extensive online reference for Entomology, the study of Insects found here…..