Insect, spider, arthropod ID Guides of the Philippines

Can anyone help me locate an identification guide to either insects, spiders, or arthropods are the Philippines? I have searched with no luck and have not received an answer back yet from the Natural History Museum in Luzon, which is where I was referred to by the University of Philippines. Any assistance would be appreciated. I am interested in a book, rather than an app, because Android apps have not helped me. TY

A few on Hymenopteran insects:

Speaking of, I’ve tried to find complete lists of bees and wasps there. If anyone has further sources on them, please share.

Nothing country-specific as guide books yet that I know of - and I have searched! So I research and piece information together from various websites and publications:
e.g. (for butterflies and moths - there is supposed to be a book coming out but no reply yet to my inquiry).
Also here on iNat are several projects specific for contributions from the Philippines, you might want to check those e.g.
Or use iNat’s taxa info but limit the area to Philippines.
On occasion I also use iNat seek but beware - many IDs are not applicable to Philippine species, always have to re-check by other means before posting.
For shells: “Shells of the Philippines” by F.J. Springsteen & F.M. Leobrera, 1986, ISBN:971-91029-0-x
For birds: “Birds of the Philippines” by Tim Fisher, Nigel Hicks, 2000, ISBN:1-85974-510-5
BMB/DENR and BFAR have their lists of protected species but these do not have photos. Some years back there was talk about establishing a DENR database …
Other than that I like Nick Baker’s “Ecology Asia” so I occasionally check this one:

After a quick search on I found this on Google Scholar - The Families of Malesian Moths and Butterflies (Fauna Malesiana Handbooks): Holloway, Jeremy, Kibby, Geoffrey, Peggie, Djunijanti, Carter, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery David, Miller, Dr Scott: 9789004118461: Books
It is only a review, but the book includes the Philippines. Unfortunately seems to be around $300.00 US.

Here are also a few general ID notes, given the context of the question. I’m also specifically basing this on bees and wasps.

In some to many cases, islands (in general) have lower species diversity and may include a few very common species which are the only in their genus (so, easier to ID). Such as for some small Pacific archipelagos. This in theory could mean a better potential to learn/familiarize yourself with most/all species of a given group (aside from any difficult to distinguish species, which although is a common difficulty for bees). On the other hand for some islands, the species have been understudied/underdescribed, and published articles/guides are outdated and need updating.

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