About the Entomology Index

The Entomology Index of Internet Resources is an attempt to organize the thousands of informational resources available to entomologists. Without a site such as this, entomologists could waste a lot of time looking for good entomological information on the internet without much success. The original compilation was done in the early 1990's by L.B. Bjostad of Colorado State University and John VanDyk of Iowa State University. The site has been recognized in Science magazine, among other places.

The intent of this site is to maintain a collaborative database of useful sites and organize them in a usable manner. In this way, this site serves as a "jumping-off point" for all entomology sites.

Every attempt has been made to keep the interface simple and usable. Each page should load as quickly as possible. Additionally, the pages have been designed so that they should work on all browsers and internet-capable devices.

Entries in the Index can be viewed in the following ways

  • View by category. Entries are organized using four main taxonomies: (1) content type, (2) biological taxonomy, (3) entomological subdiscipline and (4) U.S. state for state-specific resources. Entries in each category may be sorted alphabetically or by any of the above taxonomies.
  • Search by keyword. This does a search through each entry, including title, description, and the text of the page referenced by the entry.

There is even a random-link option if you are just browsing the web and don't feel like making a choice yourself.

I hope you find this site useful. If you have any constructive criticism or suggestions for making this site better, please let me know.

Please do not copy pages from this site and post them elsewhere on the web! There are several reasons for this. The most personal is that I have worked for over ten years to make this a worthwhile resource, and to take the result of that work and post it on your own site is "not nice." The second is practical; I weed out the broken links from this site so that it remains useful, unlike so many lists of broken links that are out there on the web. The third is legal. This is a copyrighted resource, and the Iowa State University legal department will back me up on that.

The current version of this site is based on the open-source software framework called Drupal. Previous versions ran on FileMaker Pro/Userland Frontier. Original and exceptional Drupal programming for the Entomology Index by Matt Westgate.

-John VanDyk