Dr. Green Thumb Identification

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 Welcome to my Insect Page!  I have a lot of information which will be added as soon as possible.  I'll have pictures of several families from each of the Orders below.  If you're taking an Entomology course you should find this site very useful!!

Insect Orders:

1.  Coleoptera (Beetles & Weevils)
Characteristics:
Elytra
4 Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing Mouth Parts (long beak/snout)
 
2.  Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Characteristics:
Scales on wings
4 Wings (2 Pairs)
Siphoning & some Vestigial Mouth Parts
 
 
3.  Blattodea (Cockroach)
Characteristics:
Wings are Leathery or Parchment-like
4 Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
4. Dermoptera (Earwig)
Characteristics:
2 Cerci (Pinchers) on abdomen
4 Wings Usually
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
 
5.  Diptera (True Flies)
Characteristics:
2 tiny Halters
2 Membranous Wings (1 Pairs)
Piercing, Sucking or Sponging Mouth Parts
 
6.  Ephemeroptera - (Mayflies)
Characteristics:
2-3 long filaments on end of abdomen
4 Triangular Membranous Wings (2 Pairs)
Vestigial Mouth Parts
 
7.  Hemiptera (True bugs & homopterans)
 
Characteristics:
Hemelytra
No Wings or 4 Wings (2 Pairs)
Piercing/Sucking Mouth Parts

 

8.  Homoptera (Cicadas, Aphids, Scales, Whiteflies, leaf-hoppers)
Characteristics:
 0, 2 or 4 Wings
Piercing/Sucking Mouth Parts
 
9.  Hymenoptera (Bees, Ants & Wasps)
Characteristics:
Scales on wings
0 or 4 Membranous Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing or Chewing/Sucking Mouth Parts
 
10. Isoptera (Termites)
Characteristics:
 4 Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
11.  Mecoptera (Scorpionflies)
Characteristics:
 0 or 4 Membranous Wings
Chewing Mouth Parts (in the form of a Beak)
 
12.  Neuroptera (Lacewings & Dobsonflies)
Characteristics:
 4 Membranous Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing  Mouth Parts
 
13.  Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Characteristics:
Internal or External Gills
4 Membranous Wings (Cross Veins)
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
14.  Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Katydids & Crickets)
Characteristics:
Scales on wings
4 Membranous & Leathery Wings (2 Pairs)
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
15.  Phasmatodea (Walking Stick)
Characteristics:
 No Wings or Greatly Reduced
Chewing Mouth Parts
 
16.  Plecoptera (Stonefly)
Characteristics:
2 Cerci
4 Membranous Wings (folded above abdomen)
Chewing Mouth Parts
17. Psocoptera (Booklice, Barklice & Psocids)
Characteristics:
No Wings
Chewing Mouth Parts
18.  Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Characteristics:
End of the Abdomen is Tubular
No Wings or 4 Fringed/Feathery Wings (2 Pairs)
Piercing/Sucking Mouth Parts