This is by no means a comprehensive list of arthropod species in the American Southwest. It is simply a gallery of some of the insects and related invertebrate species in this beautiful region. Most photos were initially taken in El Paso County, Texas when the site was called “El Paso Bugs”. The new name (“Southwest Bugs”) allows us to include species from nearby states; primarily New Mexico and Arizona. Our intention is to document the presence of arthropod species in this region and give the general public an increased awareness or appreciation of some of the fascinating arthropods with which we share this land. Enjoy!

Note: In this thumbnail version, the pictures are arranged by taxonomic groups and listed by the scientific names of the organisms. In the list version, the links to the pictures are named in the following sequence: Order-Family-Genus-Species-Common name. We have made every effort to provide accurate species identification and have received the help of many entomologists curating this image collection. However, we do not discard the possibility of misidentifications. Special gratitude to the Editors and volunteers of for their kind assistance. No additional information on biology, economic importance, and management is provided because the organism name will allow the reader to access vast amount of data readily available online and from other reference material. We accept contributions of high-quality Southwest insect photos. Of course, proper credit will be given. Email:

License terms for content submitted by any image contributor to “Southwest Bugs”: All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted, you must contact and request a license from contributors for any use.

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