This site is an online collection of 150 specimens representing nine orders of benthic macroinvertebrates.
The collection is organized into order-level, family-level, and genus-level (specimen) pages.
Click on any order on the home page to go to the order page for that order. To navigate from one order page to another, click the the down arrow next to the words “ORDER” in the top left. Clicking on the box around the specimens in a family will take you to the family page, and clicking on a specimen itself will take you to the genus-level page for that specimen. To return to the family- or order-level page, click the name of the order or family. To navigate to a different order or family page, you can click the down arrow next to the words “ORDER” or “FAMILY” at the top of the page.
To view a simplified version of the home page using illustrations instead of images, navigate to “Insect Orders” under the main menu in the upper left corner. To view the full collection and navigate directly to any specimen, click “Full Collection” in the main menu and select either “Image View” (shows all images in the collection) or “Taxa List” (allows you to navigate by scientific name).
The atlas is part of a three-year, interdisciplinary research and development effort to create an innovative new kind of teaching and learning resource for aquatic insect identification to support citizen science identification activities. This project brings together expertise in entomology, learning sciences, software engineering, water quality biomonitoring, and design. This National Science Foundation supported project brings together expertise in entomology, learning sciences, software engineering, water quality biomonitoring, and design.
Partner institutions include Carnegie-Mellon University, Clemson University, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the University of Pittsburgh.