Insect Orders Gus Batt

Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies

There are 165,000 known species of lepidoptera in the world, and only about 2,000 are butterflies.

The earliest Lepidoptera fossils that have been found are about 190,000 years old.

Every year, a species of butterfly known as the Monarch Butterfly migrates about 2,000 miles every year from the Great Lakes to Mexico and back again

Odonata: Dragonflys and Damselfys

`Dragonflys were the first winged insects to evolve, about 300 million years ago!

Dragonflies eat many other flying insects such as butterflies, moths, and smaller dragonflies

Dragonflys can live up to a year if they migrate away from the cold

Coleoptera: Beetles

The name Coleoptera comes from koleos and pteron, two Greek words meaning "sheathed wings"

About 25% of all described animals and plants are beetles

The earliest beetle-like species found was about 270 million years old in modern day Europe

Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Ants

Bees evolved from wasps around 130 million years ago

Hymenoptera live everywhere in the world except the poles

There are about 18,000 species of hymenoptera in the United States and Canada

Phasmida: Walkkingsticks, Leafbugs, and more

Walking sticks have the ability to regenerate lost legs

Walkingsticks measure in length from 1/2 in to over 21 inches.

There are about 2,500 species of walking sticks worldwide

Hemiptera: Cicaidas, aphids, and leafhoppers

There are about 200,000 species of hemiptera

Another common name for hemiptera is "True bugs"

Shield bugs, commonly referred to as "Stink Bugs" live in orchards, farms, houses, and gardens

Orthopera: Grasshoppers and crickets

Grasshoppers have ears on their bellies

Grasshoppers do about 1.5 billion dollars worth of damage a year to grazing lands. Just in the US

A normal lifespan for a grasshopper is about one year


Created with images by congerdesign - "strip bug bug macro" • Charlesjsharp - "orange-winged dropwing dragonfly (trithemis kirbyi)" • Mick E. Talbot - "Coleoptera" • francok35 - "insects bee apis" • James St. John - "Diapheromera velii (prairie walking stick) (Castle Rock chalk badlands, south of Quinter, Kansas, USA) 3" • James Niland - "Harlequin bug instar (Explored)" • Sam Fraser-Smith - "Orthoptera"

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