Miscellaneous
INSECT PROFILES

Let me tell you about some insects found around my own home -- right outside my door and in my gardens. I just find them, scan them, then add them to this page, and sometimes a friend sends me a picture. We don't kill our insects. Most of them have been found dead and some were alive when they were scanned or photographed, and then they were let go. The idea with this page is to show how interesting average insects in average places can be, and to get a feeling for the kind of information that can be gathered about them.

INDEX

FW = "forewings"
HW = "hindwings"

   (Click on the order names)

beetles Coleoptera (beetles)

mouthparts: chewing
metamorphosis: complete
wings: 0-4, FW thickened

Isoptera Isoptera (termites)

mouthparts: chewing
metamorphosis: simple
wings: 0-4, HW & FW similar in size

Diptera Diptera (flies, mosquitoes)

mouthparts: sucking
metamorphosis: complete
wings: 0-2, HW much reduced

Lepidoptera Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)

mouthparts: sucking
metamorphosis: complete
wings: 0-4, scaly, often colorful

Hemiptera Hemiptera (true bugs)

mouthparts: sucking
metamorphosis: simple
wings: 0-4, FW tickened at base

OdonataOdonata (dragonflies, damselflies)

mouthparts: chewing
metamorphosis: simple,
nymphs aquatic
wings: 4, HW as large as FW

Homoptera Homoptera (cicadas, hoppers, aphids, scale insects, etc.)

mouthparts: sucking
metamorphosis: simple
wings: 0-4, FW uniform in texture

Orthoptera Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets)

mouthparts: chewing
metamorphosis: simple
wings: 0-4, FW narrow & thick, HW folded fanwise

Hymenoptera Hymenoptera (wasps, bees)

mouthparts: chewing, chewing/sucking
metamorphosis: complete
wings: 0-4, HW smaller than FW

Neuroptera Neuroptera (antlions, lacewings, dobsonflies, etc.)

mouthparts: chewing
metamorphosis: complete
wings: 4, HW as large as FW