About Bug Week
Welcome to the BugWeek@UF website. We want to provide you with a beginner-friendly yet science-based look at Florida’s bugs, with emphasis on the species that Florida residents and visitors often encounter. Some are Good Bugs. Some are Bad Bugs. And a whole lot are Bugly Bugs. Come on in, they’re all waiting to meet you…
Even though BugWeek@UF is only five days long, this website will remain active and be updated all year, so check back here often!
We welcome your feedback about BugWeek@UF and this website. What do you like? What should we cover in the future? Do you have a question or correction to suggest? Let us know.
While we’re on the subject of corrections, we need to clarify something about our use of the term “bug.” Technically, a bug is an insect in the order Hemiptera, which includes aphids, stink bugs, leafhoppers and cicadas. Most insects do not belong to this order, nor do any of the non-insect arthropods. However, laypeople commonly use the term “bug” for all sorts of arthropods. It’s a handy term, and that’s why we’ve used it here.
Our focus is mostly on land-dwelling insects and arthropods including spiders and related creatures such as harvestmen, centipedes and millipedes, ticks and mites, scorpions and related species such as whip scorpions. We even threw in a beach-dwelling crab, to point out that crabs are arthropods, too. By the way, we’re considering some options for promoting aquatic arthropods in the future.
BugWeek@UF is a collaboration between many University of Florida divisions and unit, including the Entomology and Nematology Department, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Special thanks to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Arizona at Yuma, the University of California at Riverside, and the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health for supplementary materials.