Master list of insect authorities (class Insecta), a work in progress

"There are hardly any world authorities on any insect order, let alone all insects, so it's a tricky group." - Scott Loarie
It would be incredibly meaningful if we were able to find accredited authorities for at least most insect orders. This list documents my attempts to find them. Keep in mind that - with the exception of complete taxa and AntWeb - most of these authorities have not been officially adopted by iNaturalist as references for our Tree of Life and should not be used as a curatorial reference before consulting the iNat community and an admin. A list of implemented authorities can be found on the Curation Guide.

Italics denote an officially adopted authority.

Orders with complete sources


Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites): Cockroach Species File Online
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs): Dermaptera Species File Online
Order Embiidina (Webspinners): Embioptera Species File Online
Order Ephemeroptera (Mayflies): Ephemeroptera of the World
Order Mantodea (Mantises): Mantodea Species File Online
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies): World Odonata List
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids): Orthoptera Species File [discussion]
Order Phasmida (Stick Insects): Phasmida Species File Online
Order Plecoptera (Stoneflies): Plecoptera Species File Online
Order Psocodea (Lice): Psocodea Species File Online
Order Siphonaptera (Fleas): FLEAS
Order Thysanoptera (Thrips): Paraneoptera Species File Online
Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies): Trichoptera World Checklist Database
Order Zoraptera (Zorapterans): Zoraptera Species File
Superorder Neuropterida (Neuropteridans - including Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera): Neuropterida Species of the World (NSW)
______• Order Megaloptera (Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies)
______• Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings and Allies)
______• Order Raphidioptera (Snakeflies)

Orders with partial sources


• Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
______• Family Phalacridae (Shining Flower Beetles): Phalacridae database by M. Gimmel
______• Superfamily Curculionoidea (Weevils): Curculionidae database by N. Yunakov
Order Diptera (Flies): Diptera.org
______• Family Culicidae (Mosquitoes): Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory
• Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies)
______• Epifamily Anthophila (Bees): Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist
______• Family Formicidae (Ants): AntWeb
______• "micro parasitic hymenoptera": Hymenoptera Online (HOL) [discussion]
• Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
______• Families Nymphalidae, Papilionidae, and Pieridae (Most Butterflies) WORLDWIDE: ButterflyCorner's Family Tree
______• Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies) in Africa: African Butterfly Database
______• Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies) in India: Butterflies of India
______• Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies) in North America: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada
• Order Notoptera (Notopterans)
______• Suborder Mantophasmatodea (Rock Crawlers): Mantophasmatodea Species File Online
• Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies)
______• Family Miridae (Plant Bugs): On-line Systematic Catalog of Plant Bugs by R. Schuh [suggested by @wongun]
______• Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Cicadas, Hoppers, and Spittlebugs): World Auchenorrhyncha Database
______• Superfamily Aphidoidea (Aphids): Aphid Species File Online
______• Superfamily Coreoidea (Leaf-footed Bugs): Coreoidea Species File Online
______• Superfamily Lygaeoidea (Seed Bugs): Lygaeoidea Species File Online

Orders completely missing sources


• Order Archaeognatha (Bristletails)
• Order Mecoptera (Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies)
• Order Strepsiptera (Twisted-winged Insects)
• Order Zygentoma (Silverfishes)

Posted by bobby23 bobby23, August 31, 2018 04:15

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

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October 20, 2017 04:36 PM EDT

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle Diabrotica undecimpunctata

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October 27, 2017 03:27 PM EDT

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Tachinine Flies Tribe Tachinini

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October 27, 2017 03:26 PM EDT

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth Malacosoma americana

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May 16, 2018 05:06 PM EDT

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Assassin Bugs Family Reduviidae

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June 9, 2018 03:06 PM EDT

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Eastern Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis

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July 5, 2018 09:42 AM EDT

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Metric Paper Wasp Polistes metricus

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July 6, 2018 08:19 AM EDT

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July 6, 2018 08:22 AM EDT

Description

This is one of the prettiest animals I ever saw. It had all of the grace of a brontosaurus as it lumbered across the sidewalk, but it was no bigger than an almond (which is also happened to look like).

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Thanks for compiling this incredibly useful resource!

Posted by rowdius about 1 year ago (Flag)
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@rowdius thank you! Hopefully at least some of these can be used to establish more complete insect orders in the future.

Posted by bobby23 about 1 year ago (Flag)
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this is very useful bobby thanks for starting this - @hkmoths do you have some feedback on the lep section? @borisb and @wongun and @beetledude do you have other sources to add?

Posted by loarie 10 months ago (Flag)
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The following catalogue may added to the list.
Order Hemiptera
Family Miridae: On-line Systematic Catalog of Plant Bugs by R. Schuh. http://research.amnh.org/pbi/catalog/index.php

Posted by wongun 10 months ago (Flag)
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Added, thanks!

Posted by bobby23 10 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the @, @loarie.

In fact, I have a farily large number of sources to suggest -- in various insect orders / arthropod groups. Unfortunately I also have a very nasty deadline for my day job (with which I'm busy now, despite it not being day), immediately whereafter I am being sent away on a training workshop to become even more cleverer.

I trust that this can stand over until next weekend. If it cannot wait, please PMessage me and I shall make a plan within making a plan.

Rn

Posted by beetledude 10 months ago (Flag)
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Of course, @beetledude. Share whenever you have the time. The interest alone is appreciated!

Posted by bobby23 9 months ago (Flag)
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I expect @psyllidhipster & @glmory may have some sources.

Posted by wongun 9 months ago (Flag)
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I have been working off of Aphids on the World’s Plants ( www.aphidsonworldsplants.info )which pretty much matches the reference you posted. Seems like it would be straight forward to implement it as the official source for aphids anywhere in the world.

Posted by glmory 9 months ago (Flag)
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Hemiptera Databases network ( https://www.hemiptera-databases.org/ ) has a few very good sources for various groups. As far as Sternorrhyncha is concerned:
Psylloidea: https://www.hemiptera-databases.org/psyllist/
Aleyrodoidea (Whiteflies) : https://www.hemiptera-databases.org/whiteflies/

For Coccoidea, there is ScaleNet: http://scalenet.info/fams/

Posted by psyllidhipster 9 months ago (Flag)

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