Insects are animals with:

Part of arthropod ("jointed foot")  phylum Arthropoda in 🐟︎ 🐢︎🐇︎🐜︎🐛︎ animal  kingdom Animalia.

Insects are divided into 6–10 million species, making up 50–90% of all animal types on earth.  You will find insects in almost all parts of the land and air, and some parts of the ocean.

🚧 In the future, we may add here identi­fi­ca­tion paths for specific species of insects, probably starting with

monarch butterfly  Danaus plexippus,

image from dress rehearsal before 4-H presentation Bee A Bee, select to view video image from rehearsal before 4-H presentation Bee A Bee, select to view video 🐝︎ honeybee  genus Apis,
🐝︎ bumblebee  genus Bombus (Michigan Natural Features Inventory) (  ▶︎  educational videos from OSU), and videos above or to right of rehearsals before 4-H presentation Be a Bee.  For full effect, select a video image, then icons  captions and  fullscreen,  ▶︎ Play, and ⏯︎ ☒ Skip Ads.
image from PBS program _Nature_ episode My Garden of a Thousand Bees, select to view video
Then a video highlighting bees in the backyard (PBS program Nature episode "My Garden of a Thousand Bees") is above or to right.  For full effect, select the video image, then icons  fullscreen,  captions=On, and ▶︎ Play.

gall adelgid  Adelges cooleyi, balsam woolly adelgid  Adelges piceae, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA)  Adelges tsugae,
two-lined chestnut borer  Agrilus bilineatus, emerald ash borer (EAB)  Agrilus planipennis,
beech scale/beech bark disease  Cryptococcus fagisuga,
mountain pine beetle (MPB)  Dendroctonus ponderosae,
black-legged deer tick  genus Ixodes ticks and ⚕︎ tick-borne diseases (🇺🇸 USA CDC),
🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula,
🕷 spruce spider mite  Olibonhychus ununguis,
🕷 eriophyid mite  Phyllocoptes fructiphilus,
Japanese beetle  Popillia japonica,
pine shoot beetle  Tomicus piniperda,
Asian giant "murder" hornet  Vespa mandarinia,

firefly  family Lampyridae (despite its common name, not a fly  order Diptera, but a 🐞︎ beetle order Coleoptera ), and
🐜︎🐛︎ true bug  order Hemiptera.

Please let us know which other species you would like to see here, using the button at the bottom of this page.

3% of insects in your garden are pests. [citation needed]

If true, that would make 97% of insects in your garden beneficial or neutral.

Thus, the way you make a pest problem worse is to spray for pests.

To be effective, 🌱︎🚶︎  gardeners:

  • Need to understand that plants can take 50% of its leaves being eaten, and be living just fine. [citation needed]
  • Need to recognize harmful (or beneficial and neutral) insects in all life stages:  🐞︎🐛︎🐜︎🐝︎ adult, ⚫︎ egg and 🐛︎ larva (caterpillar).
    This will inform your decision about whether to attack it (and just that) or not.
  • If you see a pest larva being parasitized, leave it!  It's lifespan is very limited:  as soon as the parasite eggs hatch, they will consume the pest larva, then metamorphose into adults, which will go out and parasitize your pest's siblings.
  • OK, so several of the insects above are terrible, and you should act against them immediately.  But know what insect you are facing, why you are attacking it, and use the most-effective and most-targeted method of doing that!

Learn more about 🐞︎🐛︎🐜︎🐝︎ insect class Insecta

🔍︎ 🔍︎ images Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Wikipedia

ticks and ⚕︎ tick-borne diseases (🇺🇸 USA CDC)