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Welcome to Entomology Resources
at North Carolina State University.

Entomology is the study of insects and related arthropods.  This website contains an assortment of educational resources that were developed for students at North Carolina State University.  It is freely available to anyone interested in learning more about insects or the science of entomology.

If you are a current student who is formally enrolled in the traditional or distance-education sections of General Entomology (ENT 425) at NCSU, you should access these resources through your Wordpress website at  That site will link you to course-specific materials not available through this public gateway.

If you are visiting this website in search of information about the biology of insects, start by selecting the "Tutorials" tab on the top menu bar.  There you will find a table of contents listing all major lecture topics.  Each reading is an interactive summary of basic information -- sort of a “Cliff's Notes” for General Entomology students.

Select the "Compendium" tab if you are looking for specific information about any of the 31 orders of insects.  Each order will lead you to additional information about common families within that order.

If you came here looking for help with insect identification, start with the "SpotID" tab.  This section of the website has photographs of the orders and common families of insects.  “Key characters” given for each group will help you distinguish one from another.

If you're searching for a specific topic or insect, you can enter a keyword (or two) in the search box near the upper right corner of this page.  The search should return a list of all occurrences of that keyword found on this website.  Warning: the search engine does not correct spelling errors!

All material on this website is copyrighted and intended for non-profit, educational use only.  Teachers and students may copy and use individual images or short excerpts of text as long as they clearly acknowledge the author and source:  John R. Meyer, North Carolina State University.  Any commercial use of these materials without prior permission of the author is expressly forbidden.