Insects

Some General Characteristics

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Life cycle

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Orders of Insects

Insect Order

Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)

Derived from the Greek word for "cockroach"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Coleoptera (Beetles)

"Sheath wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Dermaptera (Earwigs)

"Skin wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Diptera (Flies)

"Two wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)

"Short lived wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Hemiptera (True Bugs)

"Half wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Gradual

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Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, and Ants)

"Membrane wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)

"Scale wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Mantodea (Mantids)

Derived from Greek word for "prophet"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Mecoptera (Scorpionflies)

"Long wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Megaloptera (Alderflies, Dobsonflies, Fishflies)

"Large wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Neuroptera (Net-winged Insects)

"Tendon/cord/nerve wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

Derived from the Greek word for "tooth"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Orthoptera (Crickets and Grasshoppers)

"Straight wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Gradual

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Phasmida (Walking Sticks)

Derived from Greek word for "apparition"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Gradual

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Plecoptera (Stoneflies)

"Braided or weaved wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: Incomplete

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Trichoptera (Caddisflies)

"Hair wing"

Type of Metamorphosis: Complete

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Zygentoma (Silverfish)

"Zyg-" is derived from Greek meaning "yoked" or "joined." "Entoma" is derived from Greek meaning "notched" or "cut into sections" (for which the Greek word for insect is derived).

Type of Metamorphosis: Simple: None

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