Cuyahoga Valley is the ideal place to house hundreds of different species of insects. One will find the classic insects that people see everyday, like flies, bees and ants. However, you’ll find dozens of very rare bugs that one has to travel to a zoo or a National Park to see. Some of the the examples of these unique insects are different types of rare butterflies, spiders and dragonflies.

Insects are the type of animals that contain the most type of species, regardless of what type of habitat or environment in which they finds themselves. They are the types of animals that are the most resilient, and can stand up many more changes in their local ecosystem, than your typical mammal, fish or bird. This explains why one rarely, if ever, hears of a significant species of insect achieving endangered species status, or actually becoming extinct.

Insects are very important in maintaining the smooth running of any ecosystem. They provide food for other types of animals, as well as cause natural resources, found throughout any given habitat, to undergo necessary revitalization.

The following are some of the wonderful insect specimens found in the Cuyahoga Valley. These insects help this beautiful reserve of nature stay in good shape.


With over 50 species of butterflies in the Cuyahoga Valley, butterfly researchers and enthusiasts, constantly come to observe and study these beautiful winged creatures. Butterflies help the local ecosystem very much by eating alot of the plant life, and also serving as prey for larger insects, reptiles, and small mammals.


There are hundreds of spider types found in Cuyahoga Valley. They are insects that need specific foods, and areas to live. This makes it more difficult for spiders to survive or adapt anywhere in the world. Scientists are trying to do what they can to make the conditions in the region as pleasant as possible, so as to ensure longer lives for the spiders.


There are several types of dragonfly who have made their homes in Cuyahoga Valley. There are vast amounts of wet areas in the region, which make for the ideal breeding ground for these insects. They eat gnats and mosquitoes, and are very skilled at flying, due to their unique set of doubled wings.