Additional Collection Tips

Collection tips for species (developed for Drees and Jackman 1998)

The following sections were developed for inclusion in A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
(Drees and Jackman 1998), but were not included in the final printing of the book. These sections were developed to help individuals seeking to collect specific arthropods or insect groups and should be used in conjunction with other information provided about these organisms in the numbered sections on description, life cycle, habitat and food source(s) provided in the book and/or posted on Although some of the information is repetitive and additional information could be provided, these sections may be helpful to collectors.


Order Collembola (springtails)
Order Thysanura (silverfish, firebrats, bristletails)
Order Ephemeroptera (mayflies)
Order Odonata (dragonflies, damselflies)
Order Phasmida (walkingsticks, leaf insects)
Order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)
Order Mantodea (mantids)
Order Blattaria (cockroaches)
Order Isoptera (termites)
Order Dermaptera (earwigs)
Order Embiidina (Embioptera) (webspinners)
Order Plecoptera (stoneflies)
Order Psocoptera (psocids, booklice)
Order Phthiraptera (lice)
Order Hemiptera (true bugs)
Order Homoptera (cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, psyllids, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs and scale insects)
Order Thysanoptera (thrips)
Order Neuroptera (alderflies, dobsonflies, fishflies, snakeflies, lacewings, antlions and owlflies)
Order Coleoptera (beetles)
Order Mecoptera (scorpionflies)
Order Siphonaptera (fleas)
Order Diptera (flies, mosquitoes, gnats, midges)
Order Trichoptera (caddisflies)
Order Lepidoptera (moths, butterflies and skippers)
Order Hymenoptera (sawflies, ichneumonids, gall- forming chalcids, ants, wasps and bees)


Scorpionida (scorpions)
Uropygi (Thelyphonida)
Araneae (spiders)
Acari (ticks, mites, chiggers)
Opiliones (harvestmen)
Pseudoscorpions (pseudoscorpions)
Solifugae (windscorpions)
Isopoda (sowbugs and pillbugs)
Chilopoda (centipedes) and diplopoda (millipedes)


Gastropoda (snails and slugs)


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