Insects

Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids

Members of the Order Orthoptera are diverse, including those commonly known as grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts; many of which are capable of flying and are thus widely distributed throughout the world. These insects rely heavily on sound and vibration to locate individuals, particularly for mating.
Some of the characteristics of Orthopterans include a long and strong hindlegs (for […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Insects|Comments Off on Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids

Hemiptera- Bugs

Hemiptera is an order of insects commonly known as true bugs, which includes cicadas, stink bugs, leafhoppers, planthoppers, aphids, ladybugs, lanturn bugs and many more. Although bugs may vary greatly from one another, they all display similar mouthparts. All bugs possess a proboscis capable of penetrating plant tissue to suck sap.

Learn more about bugs below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Insects|Comments Off on Hemiptera- Bugs

Hymenoptera- Ants, Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Hymenopterans include the largest orders of insects, ranging from ants, bees, hornets, wasps to sawflies. Many of these insects have evolved efficient to downright bizarre body parts e.g. mouth-parts or stingers which serve various purposes. However, despite the extensive range of morphology, these insects have, at certain stages, unique wing structures where the hind-wings are attached […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Insects|Comments Off on Hymenoptera- Ants, Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Lepidoptera- Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and moths are no stranger to people, thanks to their amazing varieties of wing patterns, colours and forms.

A huge majority of Lepidopterans share several unique characters which include wings that are composed of minute scales and also a proboscis- a specialized, tubular mouthpart used for feeding on nectar.

Butterflies and moths both undergo complete metamorphosis which is composed of […]

By |October 31st, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Lepidoptera- Butterflies and Moths

Mantodea- Praying Mantis

Mantises are predatory insects that are known to be very aggresive and ruthless when it comes to hunting and even mating. These insects are very easy to recognize, mainly because of their bizarre “praying” posture and not to mention their highly evolved forelegs that specialize in killing.

Mantises are generally active during the day (diurnal), and most […]

By |October 31st, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Mantodea- Praying Mantis

Zygoptera- Damselflies

Damselflies are insects that look like smaller versions of Dragonflies, also with two bulging eyes, two pairs of wings and a very long abdomen (or tail).

Damselflies can be distinguished from Dragonflies by their smaller and slimmer bodies, eyes that are located at  each end of the head (not touching one another), and by that fact […]

By |October 31st, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Zygoptera- Damselflies

Coleoptera- Beetles

Beetles are insects with relatively hard shells (called elytra) evolved from the forewing which function to protect the rear pair of wings. The relatively tough exoskeleton of beetles makes them difficult to prey upon, thus making them one of the most successful in the insect world- widely dispersed throughout the planet in a wide array of forms.

Beetles are […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Coleoptera- Beetles

Diptera- Flies

Diptera basically stands for “two-wings” in Greek. Members of Diptera possess a pair of wings plus a pair of halteres evolved from the hindwing. Halteres are knob structures that help flies stay balanced during flight. Most flies have two large and prominent compound eyes.

Flies occur in various forms but most undergo complete metamorphosis and thus display a […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Diptera- Flies

Anisoptera- Dragonflies

Dragonflies are amongst some of the insects that roamed the lands of Earth during prehistoric times, and they have not really changed much over these millions of years albeit some minor size decrease.

These ferocious predators can generally be differentiated from other insects based on their relatively large body size, the presence of two large compound eyes that […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Anisoptera- Dragonflies

Insects- An Introduction

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, with the amount of species available today estimated to be up to 10 million! These six-legged creatures come in all sorts of amazing forms and sizes which never fail at awing people. The sheer amount and diversity also means that insects play a huge role in […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Insects|Comments Off on Insects- An Introduction