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Audubon Insects & Spiders

by NatureShare
Rated: All Ages
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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What's new in version 2.7.1
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Product Details

  • ASIN: B0063222V4
  • Release Date: November 3, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,332 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Learn about 510 common North American insects and spiders
  • View professional color photographs
  • Read in-depth descriptions
  • Create Photo Albums, Life Lists, Sightings, and more
  • Record your own Field Experiences

Product Description

This introduction to 510 of the most common species of insects and spiders found in North America features in-depth information on each species, including habitat, range, size, and more, along with high-quality, professional photographs. Audubon Insects and Spiders is your essential interactive guide to identifying bugs in North America.
*This guide does not include moths and butterflies, which can be found in Audubon Butterflies.


•Every species in Audubon Insects and Spiders is described with rich and detailed information, all accessed by fast and easy navigation. Audubon Butterflies now available as a separate app.

•Hundreds of professional color photographs detailing each species with extraordinary clarity.

•In-depth descriptions of every species, with extensive material about every species and family – including the entire content of the National Audubon Society Field Guides to North American Insects and Spiders brought completely up to date.

•State-of-the-Art search functions:

•Browse by first name, last name, and scientific name of every species, by family, or by species shape/type; or,

•Search by multiple “advanced search” variables including size, shape and color;

•Create your own Life Lists, Sightings, Photo Albums, and record your own Field Experiences. Save a sighting location using the phone’s GPS, take notes, and save to the App for records of your nature adventures.

More Audubon Guide apps available or coming soon to Android including Birds, Wildflowers, Trees, and Mammals, Butterflies, Mushrooms, and more.

For more about our program, please visit our interactive website,, and join our community of users and share your experiences.

We invite your suggestions, comments, or requests. You may contact us directly by selecting Feedback in the More section of the application and e-mailing your thoughts and comments directly to us.

Technical Details

  • Size: 18.5MB
  • Version: 2.7.1
  • Developed By: NatureShare
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Required to be able to access the camera device
    • Access location information
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

Customer Reviews

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I received Audubon Birds as Free App of the Day, which lead me to buying the Flower, Tree and Butterfly Guides as well, and all of these were great, so I decided to go ahead and round out my collection with the remaining Audubon Guide apps while there were still on sale.

Unfortunately, Audubon Insects appears to be the weakest of all the Audubon apps. Insects are the most numerous creatures on this planet, yet this app only has 510 entries, and many of those are only at the genus-level, not individual species. I could not find any entry for the Box Elder Bug (Boisea trivittata), which are very plentiful around here, and the app has only a single species of millipede, the large North American Millipede, Narceus americanus.

The number of photos is rather limited, with most species having only a single photo.

While all the other Audubon apps have range maps, Insects & Spiders does not. There is range description text for each listing, but this often quite vague ("Western North America", for instance).

The app has an option to download the entire database, which in the other apps is enormous, but with Insects is a mere 160 MB. If you choose not to download the database, it will consume bandwidth if you have a limited data plan.

The app has an advanced search function, but it only has 5 parameters: shape, habitat, region, color and size.

If an insect has alternative names, the app does not allow you to search for them; you can only search using the primary name and scientific name. For instance, I wanted to look up the June Bug, but it didn't show up in a search. I finally managed to find it by using Google to find the genus name, Phyllophaga.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars App fails to download and installed April 24, 2013
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The app update has been "downloading" for 3 days but not making any progress. It just sits there. I tried deleting the app and then reinstalling, but it did the same thing. Briefly saw a msg that said something about a request to move the app from the SD card to the camera memory card. Droid 2 /the Android 2.4. It had been working fine before this last update.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best insect app, but still not very good October 30, 2012
By Saven
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This app follows the typical audubon app formula where you can browse by body type, name, or order, or you can use the advanced search (only way to search) that lets you specify bdy type, colors, size, habitat, or region. Unfortunately, it's database is pretty hard to work with and contains a fairly random selection. For instance, it contains the German cockroach and desert cockroach, but not any of the common cockroaches. So far, I've only been able to use it to identify a few common insects I already knew. Also, the spider identifier is almost worthless with the few criteria given for use.

On a side note, it's worth pointing out that this doesn't include butterflies, moths, or larvae of pretty much any kind.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, faulty execution January 23, 2013
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This app has a lot of potential. There are several pictures for most species and several ways to search. The app can be slow and if you choose to download all data to your device the download takes a long time and sometimes freezes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed June 8, 2012
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I liked the bird version, and got this one when it was on sale. Too bad the advanced searches don't work very well. The app showed me plenty of bugs and spiders that couldn't possible live where I do, when I asked for the Arctic. Instead, I got to look at lots of southern bugs and spiders that wouldn't last a day here.

The spider section is useless, I was looking for the Hobo, which seems to be appearing all over the north, but it wasn't even listed. This spider gives a bite that kills your flesh and you end up with a giant hole. Plus, if a small pet gets bitten, it can kill them because their blood stops clotting.

This spider lives in at least 10 states, so one would hope it would be listed.

So please Audubon, update this with more than a token number of bugs and spiders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally cool December 25, 2013
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I love to be able to save all of the bugs that I have come across in my own life and comment about each one as individuals. So many cool bugs in this field guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app. October 6, 2013
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Exactly what I was looking for, I would buy it again if I didn't have it already. I'm a gardener of 40 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program November 23, 2012
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Very much worth the money. It has been very good for field ID of a number of species of insects.
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