Differences Between Ants and Termites. For many homeowners, the first obvious sign of termite infestation is a swarm of flying insects. However, not all swarming insects are termites – some are flying ants. Pest control experts are trained to distinguish between flying ants and termites based on a few physical characteristics.
The Antlion larva will grab the ant and use part of its mouth parts to inject an enzyme that allows the internal body parts to be easily sucked out of the ant. The Antion larva's large appetite for ants, and the ferocity in which it dispatches them, led to the insect's name.
Aphids are eaten by many bird and insect predators. In a study on a farm in North Carolina, six species of passerine bird consumed nearly a million aphids per day between them, the top predators being the American goldfinch, with aphids forming 83% of its diet, and the vesper sparrow.
The Reduviidae are a large cosmopolitan family of the order Hemiptera (true bugs). They can be perceived as slightly unusual, but they are very common among the Hemiptera because almost all are terrestrial ambush predators (most other predatory Hemiptera are aquatic).
There are many types of flying insects, each characterized by specific features. Some of the commonly observed ones are beetles, grasshoppers, bugs, stick insects, and butterflies. Some of the commonly observed ones are beetles, grasshoppers, bugs, stick insects, and butterflies.
There are more than 200 species of psocids (often pronounced “so-sheed”) in the United States. Most psocids are tiny insects. Size: Depending on the species, the size ranges from 1 to 6 mm. Color: The color of psocids varies according to the species. Wings: Psocids that live outdoors often have wings.
Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called bush crickets, katydids, or long-horned grasshoppers. More than 6,400 species are known. Part of the suborder Ensifera, the Tettigoniidae are the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. Primarily nocturnal in habit, with strident mating calls, many katydids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.
The caterpillar changes into the flying adult inside a cocoon called a chrysalis. Most types of moths fly at night and rest with their wings open. Butterflies fly by day and usually rest with their wings closed. The monarch butterfly is the greatest insect traveler, flying 2,800 miles (4,500km) from Canada to Mexico to breed.
Caddisfly, (order Trichoptera), any of a group of mothlike insects that are attracted to lights at night and live near lakes or rivers. Because fish feed on the immature, aquatic stages and trout take flying adults, caddisflies are often used as models for the artificial flies used in fishing.
Cave dwelling insects are among the most widespread and prominent troglofauna (cave-dwelling animals), including troglobites, troglophiles, and trogloxenes. As a category of ecological adaptations, such insects are significant in many senses, ecological, evolutionary, and physiological.
Dobsonflies are a subfamily of insects, Corydalinae, part of the Megalopteran family Corydalidae. The larvae (commonly called hellgrammites) are aquatic, living in streams, and the adults are often found along streams as well. The nine genera of dobsonflies are distributed in the Americas, Asia, and South Africa.
Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig Forficula auricularia.
Determining phylogenetic relationships for this group is unusually difficult because the Embioptera have a number of adaptations not found in any other insects. The tarsi of the front legs, for example, are enlarged and contain glands that produce silk. No other group of insects, fossil or modern, have silk-producing glands in the legs.
Endopterygota, also known as Holometabola, is a superorder of insects within the infraclass Neoptera that go through distinctive larval, pupal, and adult stages. They undergo a radical metamorphosis, with the larval and adult stages differing considerably in their structure and behaviour.
The Pterygota are a subclass of insects that includes the winged insects. It also includes insect orders that are secondarily wingless. The pterygotan group comprises almost all insects. The insect orders not included are the Archaeognatha and the Zygentoma, two primitively wingless insect orders. Also not included are the three orders no longer considered to be insects: Protura, Collembola, and Diplura.
Hymenopterans range in size from very small to large insects, and usually have two pairs of wings. Their mouthparts are adapted for chewing, with well-developed mandibles (ectognathous mouthparts). Many species have further developed the mouthparts into a lengthy proboscis, with which they can drink liquids, such as nectar.
Luckily, Arizona's bugs, in general, do not have this behavior, Gouge said. Mostly, Arizona's kissing bugs eat and run, preferring to digest and defecate elsewhere, she said. Developing kissing-bug allergies. Kissing bugs still pose a threat to Arizona residents, Gouge said. Repeated bites can cause an allergic reaction.
Louse fly E.S. Ross The most common wingless species, the sheep ked (Melophagus ovinus), is about 6 millimetres (0.2 inch) long, red-brown in colour, and parasitic on sheep. Each female produces from 10 to 20 larvae at the rate of about one per week. The sheep ked cannot survive if separated from its host for more than several days. The parasite is of considerable economic importance because it stains wool, reducing its market value. Some insecticides are useful in control.
Mantid Lacewings are active predators, chasing prey with their spiny forelegs. This Mantid Lacewing is pinkish-brown in colours. Please check this page for more information. Mantid Lacewing III Austromantispa imbecilla, body length 12mm Found this small Mantid Lacewing in Karawatha Forest on Dec 2010. It were flying and stopped on plant in front of us.
In most insect legs, including the posterior four legs of a mantis, the coxa and trochanter combine as an inconspicuous base of the leg; in the raptorial legs, however, the coxa and trochanter combine to form a segment about as long as the femur, which is a spiky part of the grasping apparatus (see illustration). Located at the base of the ...
Mantophasmatidae is a family of carnivorous insects within the order Notoptera, which was discovered in Africa in 2001. Originally, the group was regarded as an order in its own right, and named Mantophasmatodea, but based on recent evidence indicating a sister group relationship with Grylloblattidae (formerly classified in the order ...
Mayflies are delicate-looking insects with one or two pairs of membranous, triangular wings, which are extensively covered with veins. At rest, the wings are held upright, like those of a butterfly. The hind wings are much smaller than the forewings and may be vestigial or absent.
Megaloptera is an order of insects. It contains the alderflies, dobsonflies and fishflies, and there are about 300 known species. The order's name comes from Ancient Greek, from mega-(μέγα-) "large" + pteryx (πτέρυξ) "wing", in reference to the large, clumsy wings of these insects.
Mole crickets are members of the insect family Gryllotalpidae, in the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets). Mole crickets are cylindrical-bodied insects about 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) long as adults, with small eyes and shovel-like fore limbs highly developed for burrowing.
Net-Winged Beetle The Net-Winged Beetle has fine texture on its soft wing covers, something not seen on many beetles. This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges and net-like pattern of veins on their wings place them in the Lycidae family.
Insects are a group of organisms that possess maximum diversity. It is estimated that about 6 - 10 million species of insects exist on the Earth, some of which are not even identified as yet. There are many types of flying insects, each characterized by specific features.
The Phasmatodea (also known as Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects in Europe and Australasia; stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks in the United States and Canada; or as phasmids, ghost insects or leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae).
Scale insects vary dramatically in appearance; from very small organisms (1–2 mm) that grow beneath wax covers (some shaped like oyster shells, others like mussel shells), to shiny pearl-like objects (about 5 mm), to creatures covered with mealy wax.
~ Insects belonging to the order Plecoptera include various types of stoneflies. ~ They are classified as some of the most primitive species. The wings are membranous and are characterized by a complex venation pattern. ~ The larvae are aquatic in habitat and undergo metamorphosis without the pupal stage.
Thrips are minute, slender insects with fringed wings and unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Different thrips species feed mostly on plants by puncturing and sucking up the contents, although a few are predators. Approximately 6,000 species have been described. They fly only weakly and their feathery wings are unsuitable for conventional flight; instead, thrips exploit an unusual mechanism, clap and fling, to create lift using an unsteady circulation pattern with transient vortices near the wings.
True Bugs are named as such due to their piercing and sucking mouthparts and are therefore placed in a group all their own. There are a total of 48 True Bugs of North America in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order (A-to-Z).