Group containing terms related to the different Orders of insects.
Terms in this group
- Biological classification
the process by which scientists group living organisms.
an Order of insects that contains the cockroaches. Cockroaches are some of the most despised insects despite there being only about 25 species that are considered pests.
the Coleoptera/beetles are regarded as the most species rich of all the Orders of insects.
Dermaptera (or earwigs) are an Order of insects. The abdomen ends in characteristic pincers called cerci.
the Diptera/true flies are an Order of insects. Characteristically they have one pair of wings, the hind wings being reduced to balance organs called halteres.
the Embioptera/Web-spinners are an Order of insects capable of producing silk from glands in their front legs.
the Ephemeroptera/mayflies are an Order of insects with an aquatic larval stage. The adults are very short lived with some living for just one day.
the Hemiptera/true bugs are an Order of insects including the aphids and shieldbugs.
the Order of insects containing the bees, ants and wasps.
the largest Class of arthropods and the most diverse group of animals in the world.
previously the name given to the Order of insects containing the termites. Recent work has shown that termites are social cockroaches and not a separate Order.
butterflies and Moths/Order Lepidoptera are probably the most widely studied order of invertebrates. The Order comprises some 160,000 species.
the Mantodea (or Praying mantids) are an Order of predatory insects. Praying mantids get their common name from the stance they commonly adopt.
the Mecoptera (or Scorpionflies) are an Order of insects containing around 300 species worldwide.
the Order Megaloptera are primitive insects. The Order contains about 300 species. Insects in the Order are known by a variety of names including Alderflies, Dobsonflies and Fishflies.
an Order of insects within the Apterygota (wingless insects).
the Order Neuroptera are primitive insects. The Order contains about 4,000 species. Insects in the Order are known by a variety of names including Lacewings, Antlions and Mantidflies.
the Odonata (or dragonflies and damselflies) are an Order of insects. They have large, membranous wings and the larvae are usually aquatic predators.
the Orthoptera (or grasshoppers and crickets) are an Order of insects. They commonly have large hind legs that are used for jumping.
the Stick and Leaf insects (Order Phasmatodea) are insects well known for their camouflage. They are commonly kept as pets.
wingless ectoparasites. There are two main kinds of lice (Order Phthiraptera); the biting lice and the sucking lice.
the Stoneflies (Order Plecoptera) are a small group of aquatic insect. There are a little under 40 British species.
the Psocoptera (or booklice and barklice) are an Order of insects. They are small insects but, despite being called lice, are not parasites.
the Order Raphidioptera are primitive insects. The Order contains about 200 species and are more commonly known as Snakeflies.
the Siphonaptera (or fleas) are an Order of insects. Fleas are well-known parasites on vertebrate animals including humans.
the Strepsiptera are an Order of insects. They are parasites living on other insects.
the Thysanoptera (thrips or thunderflies) are an Order of insects. They are small insects that can often be found on flower heads.
the Thysanura (or three-pronged bristletails) are an Order of insects. They are wingless and possess three filaments at the end of the abdomen.
the Trichoptera (caddisflies or, more correctly, Caddises) are an Order of insects. They are well known for their larvae as, in many species, they form a case out of stones of organic matter in which they live.
the Zoraptera (sometimes called Angel insects) are an Order of insects. They are small insects that live in groups.
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