Entomology/Entomology Insect List

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These pages will provide information about each taxon on the 2015 Official Insect List for the event Entomology. The pages will be structured with information for:

  • Head (contains information about mouthparts, antennae, eyes, and head in general)
  • Thorax (contains information about wings, legs, locomotion, flight, and thorax in general)
  • Abdomen (contains information about internal anatomy and abdomen in general)
  • Sexual Dimorphism (contains information about genitalia, differences between male/female forms, and courtship/mating rituals)
  • Life Cycle (contains information about life cycle, development, and life length)
  • Miscellaneous Anatomy (contains information about size, color, and shape where applicable)
  • Human Impact (contains information about how the insect can be helpful/harmful to humans, along with any diseases the insect may spread)
  • Habitat (contains information about the habitat in which the insect lives, along with its behavioral habits, e.g. nocturnal/diurnal)
  • Diet (contains information about what the insect feeds on and its biological niche)
  • Sociality (contains information about the social habits of the insect, not applicable for all)
  • Explanation of Name (contains information explaining the reason behind the scientific name of the insect, not applicable for all)
  • Miscellaneous (contains all miscellaneous information about the insect that is not related to anatomy)
  • Audubon Plate Numbers- FAMILIES ONLY (For those using the Audubon Field guide, this section will contain the numbers of all ID plates located in the front of the book that the taxon appears on. The page number will be in parentheses before the plate numbers. For example, if a family was found on page 333 and plates 11, 22, and 33, the format would be (333) 11, 22, 33)

Below the bulleted list of information, the same information will be present, but in "paragraph" form. It will take up less space in this format, and will be easier to fit onto a cheat sheet. Feel free to utilize whichever format you see fit, and keep in mind that the "paragraph" format is very abbreviated and can be confusing. The information will be in the following order when presented in "paragraph" format:

Mouthparts; Antennae; Eyes; Head in general; Wings; Legs; Locomotion/Flight; Thorax in general; Abdomen in General; Internal Anatomy; Genetalia/Gender differences (male, female); Development/Courtship; Life Length; Size; Color; Shape; Other features/adaptations; Season; Impact/Uses; Diseases; Habitat; Distribution; Niche; Diet; Habits/How they spend time; Sociality; Taxon info/explanation of place in group; Explanation of Name; Misc Stuff about discovery, evolution, whatever; For some taxons, it is necessary to know information about the immature forms and life cycle. These taxons will include a section with said information, located below the information for adult forms.

As one can probably tell, this page is written in cheat-sheet shorthand. Some commonly used abbreviations include:

  • FL: Foreleg
  • ML: Middle Leg
  • HL: Hind Leg
  • FW: Front Wing
  • HW: Hind Wing
  • Abd: Abdomen
  • mm: Millimeters
  • Usu: Usually
  • AKA: Also known as (used to indicate other common names)

At the end of the information section for each order that contains families, there will be a table listing the families and their defining traits. These tables can be very useful in ID'ing, and will be helpful to add to a cheat sheet, along with pictures. For Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera, the Audubon book contains pages with wing venation diagrams that are helpful in distinguishing between certain families.

Ametabolous and Apterygote Orders

For more information, see Entomology List/Ametabolous and Apterygota.

Hemimetabolous and Exopterygote Orders & Families

For more information, see Entomology List/Hemimetabolous and Exopterygota.

Holometabolous and Endopterygote Orders & Families

For more information, see Entomology List/Holometabolous and Endopterygota.