Order of Insects By: Zoe Stalvey

Lepidoptera:

Food: Caterpillars eat leaves; butterflies sip nectar, sap, and juices from fruit

Size: From less than 1 inch to about 11 inches across, depending on the species

Babies: Caterpillars shed their skin as they grow, then form a chrysalis and change into a butterfly

The fastest butterflies are the skippers, which can fly at 37 miles per hour, but most butterflies travel at 5 to 12 miles per hour.

Coleoptera

There are over 4,000 different kinds of ladybugs

It takes about 6 weeks once a ladybug egg is laid until it becomes a fully-grown flying insect.

Once a baby bug hatches, it is called a larva.

Hymenoptera

A honeybee can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.

Bees have straw-like tongues called a proboscis so they can suck up liquids and also mandibles so they can chew.

Bees have five eyes - two compound eyes and three tiny ocelli eyes.

Hemiptera

This group of insects is very large, with around 75,000 species

Heteropteran bugs having fore wings clearly divided into two regions, a tough and leathery basal area and a membranous tip, and membranous hind wings; all four wings folded flat over their backs when not needed for flying.

Odonata

They have extremely large eyes (filling most of the head)

Dragonfly eggs are round and about 0.5 mm long, whereas damselfly eggs are cylindrical and longer, about 1 mm long.

Orthoptera

More than 27,000 species are distributed worldwide.

The tympanum or ear is located in the front tibia in crickets, mole crickets, and katydids, and on the first abdominal segment in the grasshoppers and locusts

Diptera

Flies are important pollinators, second only to the bees and their Hymenopteran relatives.

Diptera is a large order containing an estimated 1,000,000 species including horse-flies,[a] crane flies, hoverflies and others,

Credits:

Created with images by ghwtog - "butterfly macro insect" • bogdanchr - "butterflies insect bezkręgowiec" • Mick E. Talbot - "Coleoptera" • Mick E. Talbot - "Hymenoptera" • Josch13 - "canthigaster cicada fulgoromorpha insect" • Kinchan1 - "Blue Dasher" • Leon F. Cabeiro - "macro - grilo - cricket" • FraukeFeind - "fly insect brachycera"

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