Insects & Spiders — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Insects & Spiders


Running Spider


Search our catalog for the subject words insects, spiders, or the name of the specific insect with juvenile (enter words with spaces between them).
Don’t forget to ask the librarian if there are books set aside on school reserve for this topic!


Entomology Image Gallery
Iowa State University has lots of pictures of insects here. 
Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs)
This site is designed for anyone who wants to pursue an interest in entomology. Several articles give resources and basic information about insects and their relatives, while others outline activities with different insect themes. 
Insects Hotlist
Lots of links to lots of Web sites about insects. 
Insect Recipes
Kathy Gee and Julie Stephens visited Jay Leno to show him how tasty and nutritious insects can be. Find their recipes and nutritional information at their Web site. 
The Virtual Insectary
Lots of pictures and fact sheets of various types of insects. 
The Wonderful World of Insects
From a basic introduction to the wide range of insects that inhabit our planet, this site moves to such interesting information as which insect is the fastest flyer, which can tolerate cold the best, and where killer bees come from. Check out the Bug Club for children, too. 
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
Devoted to all things yucky, this site will give you lots of information about insects, spiders, worms, and other creepy crawlies.


 Spiders for Kids

Learn about spiders through this project by Second Grade students at Pocantico Hills School. 
Spiders of North-West Europe
See pictures and find lots of info about spiders that live in Northwest Europe. Lots of these spiders can also be found in North America.

Did You Know

(Insect & Spider Facts from KidInfo)

  • …the person who studies insects is called an entomologist?
  • …the weight of the insects found on earth plus their larvae is greater than the weight of all the other animals on earth put together?
  • …there are 200 million insects for each person on earth?
  • …a cockroach can live for up to 10 days without a head?
  • …a millipede (meaning “thousand-footed”) also known as a diplopod, can have as few as 8 legs?
  • …only female mosquitoes bite because they need the protein from blood to produce their eggs?
  • …there’s an environmentally safe way to control ants? Make barriers of cayenne pepper or lemon juice; rub doorsills with oil of cloves or petroleum jelly; put cucumber, coffee grounds, or crushed mint near places where ants enter your house.
  • …a spider travels 1.17 miles per hour?
  • …one beehive can contain up to 80,000 bees at one time?
  • …spiders can regrow missing legs or parts of legs?