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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Insects

Class Insecta


Insects form the largest class of animals in the world. There are more species of insects known than all the other animals combined. So far about a million are known to science. It is estimated that more than ten times of that exist in this world. Insects are characterised by three both segments (head, thorax and abdomen) and six legs. They also have a hard exoskeleton and antennae. Some have wings, some have compound eyes.


Chestnut Area ©Eddy Lee


Left: Chestnut Trail. Right: Covered in mud at Rifle Range ©Eddy Lee

Bristletail (Order Archaeognatha)
Silverfish (Order Thysanura)
Mayflies (Order Ephemeroptera)
Dragonflies and Damselflies (Order Odonata)
Stoneflies (Order Plecoptera)
Webspinners (Order Embiidina)
Angel Insects (Order Zoraptera)
Earwigs (Order Dermaptera)
Grasshoppers and Crickets (Order Orthoptera)
Stick Insects (Order Phasmatodea)
Gladiators (Order Notoptera)
Cockroaches and Termites (Order Blattaria)
Mantises (Order Mantodea)
Lice (Order Psocoptera)
Thrips (Order Thysanoptera)
True Bugs, Aphids and Cicadas (Order Hemiptera)
Bees, Wasps, Ants (Order Hymenoptera)
Beetles (Order Coleoptera)
Twisted-winged Parasites (Order Strepsiptera)
Snakeflies (Order Raphidioptera)
Alderflies, Dobsonflies and Fishflies (Order Megaloptera)
Lacewings (Order Neuroptera)
Scorpionflies (Order Mecoptera)
Fleas (Order Siphonaptera)
True Flies (Order Diptera)
Caddisflies (Order Trichoptera)
Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

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