Visual ID Guides

Over 200 insects and other arthropods common to Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region can be found on the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab’s Insect ID website.

For certain insects, visual identification guides have been developed (posted below).  Click each image for a larger version.  Additional guides will be added as they are created.

1. Kissing bug compared to a western conifer seed bug


2. Kissing bug compared to a masked hunter bug

3. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug ID

4. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug vs. Western Conifer Seed Bug


5. Common Plant-Feeding Landscape Beetles

6. Asian giant hornet and Common Look-Alikes in Wisconsin

Asian giant hornets and common look-alikes of the Midwest. Diagram developed by PJ Liesch, UW Insect Diagnostic Lab.

7. Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide


8. Wisconsin Bumble Bee Guide (from UW Gratton Lab)











9. Wisconsin Tick Identification Guide 

Wisconsin Tick Identification Guide

University of Wisconsin Madison