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housefly Insects

in' sekt, any of a class of arthropods having the body divided into three parts and having three pairs of legs

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Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Order Hymenoptera (Bees, Flies, Etc.)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Order Trichoptera (Caddis Flies)

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Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata)
Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata)
The wings of this moth are predominantly white marked with heavy black spotting, which is prone to much individual variation. It is found throughout Europe, from the British Isles into eastern Siberia.
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
The Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
is distinguished from similar-looking butterflies by a sprinkling of white-centered spots on the margin of its hindwings, both above and below.
Boll Weevil (Anthonomous grandis)
Boll Weevil (Anthonomous grandis)
Originally native to Mexico, the boll weevil spread into Texas in the late-1800's, and through the rest of the "cotton belt" by the 1910's. A single generation of boll weevils can totally decimate a cotton field, and the numerous generations possible in any given growing season can easily destroy a cotton-based economy.
Insect Legs and Feet
Insect Legs and Feet
When we walk, we have to balance ourselves on one leg as we step forward with the other. When insects walk, they usually move the middle leg on one side at the same time they move the front and hind legs on the other. In this way, they are always firmly supported.
European Earwig (Forficula auricularia)
European Earwig (Forficula auricularia)
It is not known how earwigs got their common name, but they do not get into the ears of humans or any other animals except in rare cases when one may wander into an ear by accident because it is on the path the animal is following.
Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurythemes)
Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurythemes)
This butterfly has a wingspan of 1-2 inches. It is distinguished from other sulphurs by its orange-yellow wings edged in black. One of the most common butterflies in North America, the alfalfa is found from southern Canada into central Mexico, except for the Florida peninsula.
Honeybee (Apis spp.)
Honeybee (Apis spp)
Honeybees are the only type of bee to have a stinger. Unlike other stinging insects, a honeybee can only use its stinger once; barbs keep the stinger firmly embedded in the victim, so when the bee withdraws it must literally leave its insides behind with the stinger and the bee will die soon after, having given its life to defend its hive.
Luna Moth (Actias lunias)
The Luna Moth (Actias lunias)
is one of the largest moths in North America, with a wingspan of up to 4 inches. Its wings are lime green in color, with prominent eyespots on the long, tapering hindwings, with a characteristic hint of purple on the leading edges.
Cicadas
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Among the longest-living of all insects, many cicada nymphs take 2 to 5 years to develop into an adult, while still others spend 17 years in the nymphal stage. All species of cicada "sing,k" and every species has its own distinct song.
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Flies)
Family Ichneumonidae
Ichenumon flies are parasitic insects whose larvae feed on caterpillars, pupae, and larvae of other insects. With more than 60,000 species spread throughout the world, this family has more species than any other family in the order.
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General Information | Order Coleoptera (Beetles) | Order Dermaptera (Earwigs) | Order Hemiptera (True Bugs) | Order Hymenoptera (Bees, Flies, Etc.) | Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) | Order Trichoptera (Caddis Flies) | Sources and Links

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