The following section deals with some of the most commonly observed and
asked about insects and spiders found in Alberta.
Although this section
is aimed at answering the questions of Albertans, anyone in North
America is likely to find most of the information relevant to where they
live. Hopefully you will recognize your "bug" in the
photographs shown here and will get all the answers you are looking for.
This section will be expanded as time goes on to include all species
about which we regularly get phone calls. More information on commonly
seen butterflies and moths of Alberta can be obtained at the
Butterflies North and South
web site. If your bug is not here, you might consider
bringing it into the museum and comparing it to the specimens in the
Alberta Insect Collection, a cabinet containing specimens of many of
Alberta's most common and more interesting insects and other arthropods.
For additional information on various species of bugs found in Alberta,
we recommend Bugs of Alberta by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon. For
additional information on butterflies, Alberta Butterflies by C.
D. Bird et al. is an excellent book. For a smaller field guide,
get John Acorn's Butterflies of Alberta. Tiger beetle enthusiasts
should buy John Acorn's great book Tiger Beetles of Alberta. Finally,
every gardener and bug enthusiast should own a copy of
The Prairie Gardener's Book of Bugs by Nora Bryan and Ruth Staal.
These books are available at the
Royal Alberta Museum's gift shop as well as many book stores
throughout the province.
The species of invertebrates covered here have been grouped into four
categories. By clicking on the link at left for the desired category you will
bring up the next page that includes thumbnail photos of all the species
covered in that category. The four categories are:
We cannot provide advice on controlling insect pests. If you need more
information beyond what has been provided here, we suggest you either search
further on the web, or talk to a local exterminator.