Insect Orders

What is an insect?

An insect has a hard exoskeleton, a segmented body (head, thorax and abdomen), 6 legs (or less for some life stages), antennae on the head and wings (absent in some species or life stages).

More details on some insect orders can be found under the menu “Insect Orders”, or by clicking on the text (pages have been created for orders with blue text)

Text by Sue Jaggar. All photographs were taken by Sue Jaggar.

Taxonomic information contained in the linked pages comes from:

Gullan, P. J., & Cranston, P. S. (2010). The insects: An outline of entomology (4th ed.). Hoboken, USA: Wiley.