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Cataloging the Various Insect Species of the Great State of Tennessee

Due to its varied ecosystem and general geographical location within the United States, the state of Tennessee is home to a broad range of insect types and species. BugsOfTennessee.com has been arranged to catalogue the over 1,000 species found through the state to better serve and educate its many residents. With its 6.7 million residents in mind, this site has been arranged to help you will find entries covering everything from 'true' bugs and beetles to spiders, garden pests, and everything in-between - each detailed through full-color pictures and useful information to help you better identify a species in question.
Get Out There and Observe! Prime Bug-Viewing Months in Tennessee End in...

(Typically November 1st, 2023)
Items to keep on hand include a magnifying tool of some sort, a pad of paper and pencil for note-taking, and your mobile device or camera for picture-taking...

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1) More than anything, OBSERVE! Observe behaviours, movement, colors - this will help you identify an insect.
2) If it looks dangerous, assume that it is! General Rule-of-Thumb is to not directly handle insects; leave that to the experts.
3) Leave nature EXACTLY as you found it. Do not remove insects from their natural habitats for display at home and do not disturb natural settings!
4) Above all else, enjoy the intricate and interesting world of insects. Remember, we need them more than they need us!
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Tennessee Ants
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Tennessee Antlions
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Tennessee Bees
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Tennessee Beetles
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Tennessee Butterflies
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Tennessee Caterpillars
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Tennessee Centipedes
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Tennessee Cicadas
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Tennessee Cockroaches
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Tennessee Crickets
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Tennessee Damselflies
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Tennessee Dragonflies
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Tennessee Earwigs
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Tennessee Fishflies
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Tennessee Flies
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Tennessee Grasshoppers
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Tennessee Isopods
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Tennessee Katydids
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Tennessee Mantids
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Tennessee Millipedes
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Tennessee Moths
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Tennessee Planthoppers
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Tennessee Skippers
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Tennessee Spiders
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Tennessee Stoneflies
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Tennessee Ticks
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Tennessee True Bugs
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Tennessee Wasps
Remember! Tick Season in Tennessee is a Year-Round Event!

If hitting the outdoors, trails, or even your own backyard, always complete a visual and physical 'Tick Check' on youself, your children, and your pets! Make it a point to check under arms, around the belly, and all places in-between where ticks like to hide. Here's a Tick Identification Guide to the types encountered throughout the state.
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About TN
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TN Topography
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Official Insects
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Garden Pests
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Kitchen Pests
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Pantry Pests
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Tree Pests
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Flying Insects
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Biting Insects
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Stinging Insects
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Indoor Insects
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Outdoor Insects
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Quick Lists (Sort by Color)

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Black Insects
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White Insects
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Green Insects
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Red Insects
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Brown Insects
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Yellow Insects
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Blue Insects
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Orange Insects
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Pink Insects


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