Integrated Pest Management

Insect ID Courses and Workshops

  • Train-the-Trainer Short Course

Geocoris Nymph on Aster

The 20-hour short course was designed for University Extension field faculty, Extension Master Gardeners, agency professionals, and crop consultants on identification of insects - both beneficial and pesky bugs.

Participants will create their own sample collections to use in their follow-up educational projects.  These volunteers can identify insects of the Pacific Northwest and will help others do the same.


False Wheathead Armyworm


The training includes many hands-on aspects:

  • collecting, mounting, and identifying insects,
  • using a stereo microscope, and
  • using an insect key.

Training also includes insect management and creation of an educational display.

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Class Handouts:

  1. Collecting Insects and Related Arthropods
  2. Preserving Insects and Related Arthropods
  3. Storing and Displaying Insects
  4. Pinning and Labeling Insects
  5. Basic Insect Classification Chart
  6. Phylum Arthropod
  7. External Morphology
  8. Introduction to Insects and Basic Morphology
  9. Labels Template (xls.)
  10. Pinning Insects
  11. Applying Your Insect ID Skills
  12. Insect Ecology

Disclaimer: all material presented on this website is for educational purposes only.

Useful Links:

To purchase collecting supplies, visit BioQuip.


  • Silvia Rondon, OSU Extension
  • Steve Van Vleet, WSU Extension
  • Stuart Reitz, OSU Extension

Class facilitators:

  • Mary Corp, OSU Extension

For more information, please contact OSU Extension Service:

Mary Corp - (541) 278-5403 or Silvia Rondon - (541) 567-8321 

Sponsored by WSARE, OSU, OSU Extension, and WSU.


For more information on spotted wing drosophila and other insect pests of the region see: