Insect Orders A presentation by Olivia Hankins

Lepidoptera- Caterpillar/ButterflY

"Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) is the second largest order in the class Insecta."

"The name means "scale wing," and lepidopteran wings are covered with microscopic scales, which are iridescent and brightly colored in the case of this California butterfly, Lycaena helloides."

Coleoptera- Beetles
"They live throughout the world (except Antarctica), but are most speciose in the tropics."
"Most beetle species complete their lives in a single year."

Hymenoptera- Wasps, Bees, Ants

"The name Hymenoptera is derived from the Greek words "hymen" meaning membrane and "ptera" meaning wings."

"Hymenoptera include famous examples of social insects, such as honeybees and true ants; these insects have developed regimented social systems in which members are divided into worker, drone, and queen castes"

Hemiptera- Cicadas, Aphids, Sheild Bugs

"The insects in this order are extremely diverse in their size, shape and colour."

"Hemiptera means "half wing" and refers to the fact that part of the first pair of wings is toughened and hard, while the rest of the first pair and the second pair are membranous."

Odonata- Dragonflies, Damselflies

"The name Odonata, derived from the Greek "odonto-", meaning tooth, refers to the strong teeth found on the mandibles of most adults."

"Dragonflies and damselflies are carnivorous as both adults and nymphs."

Orthoptera- Grasshoppers, Crickets, Locusts

"Grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts all belong to the order Orthoptera which means 'straight wings'."

"Orthoptera comes from the Greek ortho, which means straight, and ptera, which means wings."

Diptera- Flies

"The common names of the members of this order (Diptera) are written as two words: crane fly, robber fly, bee fly, moth fly, fruit fly, etc."

"Hind wings are reduced to small club like structures called halteres. The halteres are used as stabilisers during flight."


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