Entomology, Department of


Date of this Version



Master's Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013


Portions of this project are published in American Entomologist 59:2 (Summer 2013), pp. 96-109.

Copyright (c) 2013 Erin Bauer

The UNL Entomology Department has the project divided out into sections on a website at http://unlcms.unl.edu/entomology/bugbuddies/insectography


This is a comprehensive list of fictional works (films/TV episodes, video games, children’s books, and novels) originally published or produced in the United States between 1950 and 2012 about or including insects, spiders, related arthropods (many times anthropomorphized or mutated) and/or entomologists as main characters and playing a major role in the plot. Although the list encompasses both entertaining and educational works, it does not include textbooks or other non-fictional works or “fictionalized” accounts of real processes. For example, books such as Hope for the Flowers, where the story is told from the perspective of the main character, a caterpillar discovering its true nature through metamorphosis, or a book where an insect character learns the importance of friendship, are included in this list. On the other hand, books about a child character learning from her parents or teacher in a straightforward manner how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, are not. Each main topic area includes bibliographic information about the work, including but not limited to title, author/director, publisher/distributor, and copyright date. Following this are a detailed description/synopsis of the work with an emphasis on how insects are involved. Sections of the Insectography project include:

Bibliography: Children’s Books

Bibliography: Novels (Adult and Young Adult)


Video Games