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This page holds entomological resources for the state of Connecticut. Use the menu below to sort by topic.

Member sites

Member sites

Along the Air Line

Stan Malcolm's website features over 17,000 photographs taken on his many year-round walks along the Air Line Trail.

Brigette Valencia

Brigette Zacharczenko's personal website, with access to her research papers, scientific illustrations, and free outreach materials.

Fishes of the Western Atlantic

Ray Simpson leads a double life: ichthyologist and entomologist! Check out his website for his fantastic scientific illustrations.

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One of the best insect identification websites, with an active community of experts.


A community that anyone can join. Upload photos and locality data, and other members will help identify what you've found. You can also help curate other records. A great way to gather and collect your own data, or figure out where/when to find a particular species.

Moth Photographers Group

A great resource for lepidopterists! Sort taxonomically to see almost every moth species in North America.

Pests, Invasive species, and more!

The CT DEEP has several pages devoted to the insects and invertebrates of Connecticut, with info on tick testing, EAB, and more.

Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern species in CT

The DEEP compiles data from researchers throughout the state (even you!) in order to manage their lists of endangered, threatened, and special concern insects. Use the links on this page to see the current list, and forms for submitting your own findings.

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Caterpillars of Eastern North America

David Wagner's infamous caterpillar guide. Rich with photos, host plant information, and delightful anecdotes. A must-have for any entomological library.

Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America

For the Noctuid lover in your life, this book is bigger and goes into more depth than the general caterpillar guide.

The Connecticut Butterfly Atlas

Species accounts, maps, host plant data and more for all of CT's 117 butterfly species.

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National Moth Week

National Moth Week is always held the last week of July. Scientists host black-lighting events, typically open to the public, in order to increase public engagement and understanding of nighttime nature. Check their website to look for events in CT, or register your own.

The Caterpillar Lab

Sam Jaffe may not be based in CT, but he often travels to our state for outreach programs, BioBlitzes, and collaborations. He runs amazing outreach programs both through his physical location in NH, and by traveling throughout New England. 

Talcott Mountain Science Center

TMSC does outreach programs to schools, and has science-themed day camps during school vacations and throughout the summer. Many of these have an entomology theme!

The Children's Museum

The Children's Museum in West Hartford, CT is a great spot for budding naturalists. They have a bevy of creatures in their animal sanctuary, including insects and arachnids. They even have an outdoor butterfly house, which you can visit in the spring/summer/fall.

Connecticut Science Center

The CT Science Center has a new indoor butterfly encounter exhibit.

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Research labs

Research labs

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

The CAES has several branches focuses on entomological interests, including: bed bugs, ticks, emerald ash borers, and gypsy moths. They also have an insect information office, and offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Yale Peabody Entomology Collection

The insect collections at the Peabody are kept alive by curators, staff, and curatorial affiliates.

David Wagner (UConn)

David Wagner's lab at the University of Connectivut focuses on caterpillars, evolution, and conservation.

Chris Simon (UConn)

Chris Simon's lab at the University of Connecticut is all about cicadas, molecular phylogenetics, and biogeography.

Charlie Henry (UConn)

Though Charlie may be retired, that hasn't stopped his research or student advisory. His lab is teasing apart cryptic lacewing species based on their vibrational songs and DNA.

CT Integrated Pest Management (UConn)

A department with several research labs, devoted to agriculture and IPM, often involving insects.

Michael Singer (Wesleyan)

Michael Singer's lab at Wesleyan University centers around forest ecology and caterpillars.

Kirsten Martin (USJ)

Kirsten Martin's lab at the University of Saint Joseph has an aquatic theme, focusing on dragonflies and damselflies. She is highly active in BioBlitzes and water quality monitoring.

Elizabeth Cowles (Eastern)

Elizabeth Cowles studies toxicology and insecticides at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Matthew Graham (Eastern)

They may not be insects, but arachnids need some love too! At Eastern Connecticut State University, Matthew Graham studies the phylogenetics and biogeography of scorpions and tarantulas.

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Other societies

Other societies

Entomological Society of America

National Society for entomologists, which holds a large annual meeting and puts out several publications.

The Lepidopterists' Society

For the moth (and butterfly) lovers, lepsoc has publications and annual meetings.

Connecticut Butterfly Association

A group which organizes meetings, many field trips throughout the spring/summer, and provides some resources on their website.

North American Butterfly Association

Butterfly-focused group with meetings, publications, and butterfly-watching trips.

New England Entomological Society

Venturing out of Connecticut? The New England Entomological Society holds meetings in MA (and other states).

Eagle Hill Institute

A wonderful spot in Maine that hosts entomological workshops in the summer, and organizes the annual Northeast Natural History Conference. The conference locations travels throughout the Northeast, sometimes landing in CT. 

New England Herpetological Society

We all know that most entomologists are also herp enthusiasts! Meetings are in Massachusetts.

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