Insect identification services for non-members
A ferocious predator in freshwater ponds, the back-swimmer, Notonecta glauca.
As a non-member we are unable to provide individual responses to identification queries via email. However, you can try and identify the invertebrate yourself through the following resources on the AES Web site:
- Introduction to arthropods - if you are not sure whether you have found an insect, arachnid, crustacean or other invertebrate, then this is the place to start.
- Key to adult insects - if you are trying to identify an adult insect why not try and determine what group it belongs to using our key.
- Insect groups (Orders) - if you know what group your insect belongs to (or have identified it using the key) why not read our fact files about that group?
iSpot is a Web site aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. Once you've registered, you can add an observation to the Web site and suggest an identification yourself or see if anyone else can identify it for you. Members of the Amateur Entomologists' Society are very active on iSpot providing identifications in a variety of areas. Visit: https://www.ispotnature.org/
If you are outside the UK then iNaturalist provides a place to record and organise nature findings, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. Visit: https://www.inaturalist.org/