Vermont has not benefited from a formal statewide Orthoptera survey. Instead, this atlas draws on more than 50 years of recorded observations beginning with the work of Ross and Joyce Bell and continuing today.

During the 1960s the Bells began a program to learn the fauna of Vermont and to compile extensive records of natural history information. Through this work they built the UVM Entomological Collection into an important resource for science and conservation, and they inspired us here at VCE to launch the Vermont Atlas of Life, where we’ve helped to digitize, publish, and archive some of their amazing work, including their hand drawn Vermont Orthoptera dot maps, which are the basis for this atlas.