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Insect Orders

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/3/2014

with so many catalogued insects in the world, it only makes sense for researchers to develop a contained system of orders.

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Insect scientists (Entomologists) categorize groups of living entities as how they are related through the Theory of Evolution. In an order, there are classes, orders, suborders, families and genera, which constitute the living things that procreate with one another. More than 1 million of the categorized 2 million species are arthropods (insects/spiders).


INSECTS: (Class Insecta):


Order: Blattodea ("insect avoiding light")
Species: 3,700
Example: Cockroach


Order: Coleoptera ("hard wings")
Species: 400,000
Example: Ladybug


Order: Collembola ("sticky peg")
Species: 6,000
Example: Springtail


Order: Dermaptera ("leathery wings")
Species: 1,800
Example: Earwigs


Order: Diptera ("two wings")
Species: 120,000
Example: Mosquito


Order: Embioptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Webspinners


Order: Ephemeroptera ("living for a day")
Species: 2,100
Example: Mayflies


Order: Grylloblattodea ("")
Species: NA
Example: Ice Insect


Order: Hemiptera ("half wings")
Species: 82,000
Example: Cicada


Order: Homoptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Leafhopper


Order: Hymenoptera ("membrane wings")
Species: 130,000
Example: Ant / Bee


Order: Isoptera ("equal wings")
Species: 2,300
Example: Termite


Order: Lepidoptera ("scaly wings")
Species: 150,000
Example: Butterfly


Order: Mallophaga ("")
Species: NA
Example: Chewing Louse


Order: Mantodea ("like a prophet")
Species: 1,800
Example: Praying Mantis


Order: Mecoptera ("long wings")
Species: 400
Example: Scorpion Fly


Order: Megaloptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Alderfly / Dobsonfly


Order: Microcoryphia ("")
Species: NA
Example: Bristletail


Order: Neuroptera ("net-veined wings")
Species: 5,000
Example: Lacewings


Order: Odonata ("toothed flies")
Species: 5,500
Example: Dragonfly


Order: Oleoptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Beetle


Order: Orthoptera ("straight wings")
Species: 20,500
Example: Cricket


Order: Phasmatodea ("like a ghost")
Species: 2,500
Example: Walking Stick


Order: Phthiraptera ("louse wings")
Species: 3,000
Example: Lice


Order: Piecoptera ("wickerwork wings")
Species: 2,000
Example: Stonefly


Order: Protura ("")
Species: NA
Example: Proturan


Order: Psocoptera ("milled wings")
Species: 3,200
Example: Woodlice


Order: Raphidoptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Snakefly


Order: Siphonaptera ("tube without wings")
Species: 2,400
Example: Flea


Order: Strepsiptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Parasite


Order: Thysanoptera ("fringed wings")
Species: 5,000
Example: Thrip


Order: Thysanura ("bristle tails")
Species: 370
Example: Silverfish


Order: Trichoptera ("hairy wings")
Species: 10,000
Example: Caddisfly


Order: Zoraptera ("")
Species: NA
Example: Zorapteran


SPIDERS: (Class Arachnida; Order Araneae):


Order: Labidognatha
Families: 90
Species: 32,000
Example: House Spider


Order: Orthognatha
Families: 15
Species: 3,000
Example: Tarantula


Order: Mesothelae
Families: 1
Species: 24
Example: Segmented Spider

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