Insects, Arachnids,
and Other Invertebrates
Tracks and Signs


What is an Insect?

Insects outnumber all other animals, with about 800,000 species described so far. They are arthropods and are found almost everywhere. They are the most highly developed of the invertebrates (animals without a backbone). Some have a highly developed social structure. Most grow by metamorphosis, passing through at least two distinct stages. Insect bodies consist of three parts: the thorax, abdomen, and head. They have two antennae and mandibles, or jaws, on the head. Insects have three pairs of legs and an external skeleton (exoskeleton).


What is a Spider?

Although spiders are arachnids rather than insects, I have put them on this page. Spiders have eight legs and most of them spin webs from silk.


What is a Invertebrate?

Invertebrates are animals without backbones. This includes insects, spiders, molluscs, butterflies, caterpillars, beetles, and more.

Click on the name of the invertebrate below to see a picture of its tracks and/or sign and some natural history information about it.



Antlion Ants
Bald-Faced Hornet  Sand Wasps (Bembix)
Banana Slug Beetles
Bumblebee Carpenter Bees
Caterpillar Crayfish (Crawdad)
Dragonflies Earthworm
Grasshoppers Honeybees
Jerusalem Cricket Leaf Rollers
Millipedes Paper Wasp
Scorpions Slugs
Sowbugs Spiders
Stoneflies Tent Caterpillars
Tomato Hornworm  Turret Spider
Wolf Spider Yellowjackets
Tiger Beetle
Potter Wasp
Variegated Mud-Loving Beetle
Spider Wasp


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Visit Beartracker's Nature Store at:  Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!


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Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Get Every Child Outdoors (Get E.C.O.) - My shop dedicated to nature and getting kids interested in nature and the outdoors.

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!




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Copyright 1997, 2007, 2018. Text and drawings by Kim A. Cabrera

Page updated: March 25, 2018.

Copyright 1997, 2007, 2018. Text, drawings, and photos by Kim A. Cabrera - Desert Moon Design