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Subphylum: Hexapoda

Class: Insecta  Insects


Thysanura -- Bristletails

Ephemeroptera -- Mayflies

Odonata -- Dragonflies, Damselflies

Orthoptera -- Locusts, Grasshoppers, Crickets,

Cockroaches, Walking sticks, Mantids

Dermaptera -- Earwigs

Isoptera -- Termites, White ants

Embioptera -- Webspinners

Plecoptera -- Stone flies

Zoraptera -- Zorapterans

Psocoptera -- Psocids

Mallophaga -- Chewing lice

Phthiraptera (= Anoplura) -- Sucking lice

Thysanoptera -- Thrips




Hemiptera -- Plant bugs, Stink bugs, Chinch bugs,

Ambush bugs, Water striders, Toad bugs

Homoptera -- Cicadas, Psyllids, Aphids, Scale insects

Neuroptera -- Alderflies, Snakeflies, Lacewings, Antlions

Coleoptera -- Beetles

Strepsiptera -- Twisted-winged parasites

Mecoptera -- Scorpion flies

Trichoptera -- Caddis flies

Lepidoptera -- Butterflies, Moths

Diptera -- Flies

Siphonaptera -- Fleas

Hymenoptera -- Bees, Wasps, Ants


Superfamilies, Families & Subfamilies


Sample Examinations


Details of Insect Taxonomic Groups


Examples of beneficial species occur in almost every insect order, and considerable information on morphology and habits has been assembled. Therefore, the principal groups of insect parasitoids and predators provide details that refer to the entire class Insecta. These details are available at <taxnames.htm>.