Insects Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Learn About the Types of Insect Metamorphosis
The physical transformation of an insect from one stage of its life cycle to another is called metamorphosis. Learn more about it here. Page 1.

Little or No Metamorphosis
The most primitive insects, such as springtails, undergo little or no true metamorphosis during their life cycles. Entomologists refer to these insects as ametabolous, from the Greek for

Simple or Gradual Metamorphosis
In gradual metamorphosis, three life stages occur: egg, nymph, and adult. Insects with gradual metamorphosis are said to be hemimetabolous

Common Green Darner, Anax junius
Learn the habits and traits of the common green darner, one of North America's largest and most common dragonflies.

How to Use Crickets to Calculate Temperature
You can determine the approximate temperature be counting the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute. Just use these equations to calculate the temperature.

Which Insect Makes the Biggest Swarm?
Honey bees, ants, termites, and even gnats swarm. But none of these swarming insects comes close to holding the world record for the biggest swarm.

How to Handle a Caterpillar Properly and Safely
Learn how to pick up a caterpillar without harming it, and which caterpillars you should avoid touching. Complete with photos. Page 1.

How to Provide the Right Housing for Your Caterpillar
Learn how to make a caterpillar habitat, and what your caterpillar will need in its new home, complete with photos. Page 2.

Provide the Right Food for Your Caterpillar
These tips will help you provide the proper food for your caterpillar, even if you aren't sure what kind of caterpillar it is. Page 3.

How to Keep Your Caterpillar's Home Clean
Learn how to keep your caterpillar's home clean and healthy. Page 4.

What to Do After the Caterpillar Pupates
Once the caterpillar pupates, you'll need to do a few things to keep the pupa viable until it emerges. Learn how to care for a butterfly or moth pupa. Page 5.

6 Butterflies You Can Find in the Winter
Are you weary of winter? Get outside and look for butterflies! Believe it or not, you can find these 6 butterfly species during the winter months, even if you live in the northern reaches of their ranges.

Spider Snacks - Cookies, Cakes, and Candy for a Spider Themed Party
These cookies, candies, and cakes look like spiders, but taste delicious. Make some spider-themed treats for a Halloween party, or to celebrate spiders in your classroom.

Butterfly Exhibits Around the World
There are butterfly conservatories and gardens all over the world. Here are some of the best butterfly exhibits in the world. Plan a trip to visit one soon, and don’t forget your camera!

A Guide to Caring for Bess Beetles
Bess beetles (or bessbugs) make good pets, and are especially easygoing insects children to handle. This guide covers everything you need to know about keeping bess beetles in captivity.

Leaf-Footed Bugs, Family Coreidae
Leaf-footed bugs (Family Coreidae) usually have a leaf-like expansion on their hind legs. These plant-eating insects can be quite large. Learn the habits and traits of leaf-footed bugs.

What Is Spider Silk?
Spider silk is one of the world's toughest natural substances. Learn what makes it so unique.

Trilobites, Subphylum Trilobita
Trilobites, ancient marine arthropods, filled the Paleozoic seas, but disappeared from Earth at the end of the Permian period. Though they remain in fossil form only, these creatures are easy to identify and fascinating to study.

Subphylum Crustacea, Crustaceans
Crustaceans (subphylum Crustacea) are mostly marine arthropods, like shrimp and crabs. The group also includes some animals we tend to lump with insects and spiders, such as pillbugs and sand fleas.

Inquiline – Definition of the Term Inquiline
Definition of the term inquiline, with examples of inquilines.

Parthenogenesis
Definition of the term parthenogenesis.

Dung Beetles and Tumblebugs, Subfamily Scarabaeinae
Where would we be without dung beetles? We'd be buried in poop, that's where. Learn the habits and traits of dung beetles and tumblebugs (Subfamily Scarabaeinae).

Rhinoceros Beetles, Subfamily Dynastinae
The beetle subfamily Dynastinae includes rhinoceros beetles, Hercules beetles, and elephant beetles. Many males in this group possess large horns, with which they defend their territory.

How to Build Your Own Mercury Vapor Light Setup
Mercury vapor lights produce ultraviolet light, visible to insects but not to people, and are useful for collecting night-flying moths and other insects. You can put together your own mercury vapor setup using inexpensive materials from a local hardware store.

Order Neuroptera – Characteristics of Nerve-Winged Insects
The order Neuroptera includes some rather odd-looking insects, like dobsonflies, snakeflies, and fishflies. The group is mostly predaceous. Learn the habits and traits of nerve-winged insects.

Scorpionflies and Hangingflies, Order Mecoptera
Scorpionflies and hangingflies are ancient insects, represented by roughly 600 extant species. Learn the habits and traits of the order Mecoptera.

Rock Crawlers - Rock Crawlers, Ice Crawlers, or Ice Bugs - Order Grylloblattodea
We rarely encounter members of the order Grylloblattodea, simply because they live in places where humans don't. Learn the habits and traits of rock crawlers, also known as ice bugs.

Webspinners - Habits and Traits of Webspinners - Order Embiidina
This group of insects are the only ones known to produce silk with glands on their feet. Learn the habits and traits of webspiiners, Order Embiidina.

Grasshoppers, Family Acrididae
Most grasshoppers you'll find on meadow walks, or even in your own backyard, belong to the family Acrididae. Learn the characteristics of these short-horned grasshoppers.

Habits and Traits of Swallowtails and Parnassians - Family Papilionidae
The butterfly family Papilionidae consists of the familiar swallowtails and the uncommon parnassians. Learn which key traits they share as members of this group.

Online Keys for Identifying Insects
Need to identify an insect? Try one of these online identification keys. Use your observations of the insect to answer questions or match characteristics until you have determined the correct insect order or family.

Photo Guides to Identify Insects
Photographs and pictures can be useful when you are trying to identify an insect. These online guides are worth a look if you have an insect mystery to solve.

Timeline of Fossil Insects - Timeline of Fossil Insects by Order
Which insects appeared on Earth first, and which evolved last? This article outlines when each insect order, extant or extinct, first appeared in the fossil record.

Glossary Definition - Teneral
Definition of the term teneral. Insects.

Millipedes as Pets – Do Millipedes Make Good Pets?
Before you purchase a pet millipede, consider these pros and cons of keeping millipedes as pets.

Glossary Definition: Diurnal
Definition of the term diurnal. Insects.

Glossary Definition: Incomplete Metamorphosis
Definition of the term incomplete metamorphosis.

Instar - Definition of the Term Instar
Definition of the term instar. Insects.

Pheromone - Definition of the Term Pheromone
The definition of the term pheromone.

Glossary Definition: Hemolymph
Definition of the term hemolymph.

Bees in the BBQ - Viral Email Pictures of Bees in the BBQ
A man in Australia saw some bees around his BBQ, and decided to take matters into his own hands. He took photos to document how he destroyed the honeybees, and emailed the pictures to a few people. The email quickly went viral. Many people were angered by his actions. Did he do the right thing? Page 2.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 8.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 10.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 9.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 4.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 5.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 6.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 7.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 2.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May. Page 3.

Discoveries in the Greater Mekong - Nocturnal Spider
Some of the richest and most valuable habitats on Earth can be found in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China. Among invertebrates alone, thousands of new specimens were discovered. Cataloging them may prove a nearly impossible task. The finds range from the microscopic to the truly terrifying. Page 2.

Discoveries in the Greater Mekong - Forest Spider
Some of the richest and most valuable habitats on Earth can be found in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China. Among invertebrates alone, thousands of new specimens were discovered. Cataloging them may prove a nearly impossible task. The finds range from the microscopic to the truly terrifying. Page 3.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 10.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 11.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 7.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 8.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 9.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit. Page 3.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit. Page 6.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit. Page 10.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit. Page 8.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit. Page 4.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Browntail Moth
Insects. Page 2.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Definite-marked Tussock Moth
Insects. Page 7.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth
Insects. Page 8.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Gypsy Moth
Insects. Page 4.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Nun Moths
Insects. Page 5.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Pine Tussock Moth
Insects. Page 9.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Rusty Tussock Moth
Insects. Page 3.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Satin Moths
Insects. Page 6.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 2.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 3.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 6.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 4.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded. Page 5.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars: White-marked Tussock Moth
Insects.

Butterfly Conservatory - Live Butterflies at the American Museum of Natural History
Want to see live tropical butterflies in winter? The American Museum of Natural History in New York City exhibits live butterflies in an indoor butterfly conservatory. The butterfly exhibit is open from October to May.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars
The Tussock Moth caterpillars, family Lymantriidae, are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests. This photo gallery identifies and describes ten tussock moth caterpillars.

Spider - Definition of the Term Spider
Definition of the term spider. Insects.

Crime Scene Insects - What Crime Scene Insects Reveal About the Victim's Wounds
Forensic entomologists can use crime scene insects to determine whether wounds on a corpse were inflicted before or after the victim's death.

Insect Gall Damage – Do Insect Galls Damage Trees and Shrubs?
Will insect galls damage my trees or shrubs? How do I control insect galls on my plants?

Biggest Bugs – Biggest Bugs That Ever Lived
Giant bugs once roamed the Earth. Which were the biggest bugs that ever lived? These giant arthropods, known from the fossil record, are the stuff of science fiction movies.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded.

Flash Mimicry by Fireflies – How Fireflies Use Mimicry to Find Mates and Meals
Fireflies employ some clever trickery to hunt other fireflies, and even to mate. Both males and females mimic the flash patterns of other species.

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from a Chrysalis
A collection of photographs taken as a Monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. The series of photos begins with the chrysalis beginning to split, and ends with the Monarch's wings fully expanded.

The Butterfly Farm - Aruba
Visiting a live butterfly exhibit is like walking into a tropical paradise. Most exhibits display tropical Lepidoptera species, and offer butterfly lovers and photographers a unique chance to see species from all over the globe in one place. Here's an idea of what to expect when you visit a butterfly exhibit.

Parasitoid - Definition of the Term Parasitoid
Definition of the term parasitoid.

Insects That Undergo Complete Metamorphosis
The majority of the world's insects have wings and undergo complete metamorphosis. This taxonomic division, called Endopterygota, includes nine orders representing close to 700,000 insect species. All of these species go through four stages of development - egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Some species in this group no longer have wings, but scientists believe these insects did have wings in their evolutionary history.

Growth & Metamorphosis - How Insects Grow and Change
Invertebrates develop in much different ways than we do. All arthropods molt during their growth phase, and most insects appear in three of four different forms over their lifetime. These articles cover growth and metamorphosis of insects and other arthropods.

Insects That Undergo Incomplete (or Simple) Metamorphosis
This taxonomic division, called Exopterygota, includes sixteen orders of insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis and have wings.