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We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.
on May 12, 2012
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. The app listed this particular bug as a May Beetle, and although it showed June Bug as an alternate name, it wouldn't let me search using that term.
Like the other Audubon apps, this app lets you keep a life list, record sightings and take photos, and then upload them to AudubonGuides.com.
This app crashes frequently when starting up, but it will start successfully on the second attempt. This occurs with both my Motorola Xoom tablet and my HTC Evo 3D phone.
On my tablet, the app constantly switches back and forth between portrait and landscape.