Insect Taxonomy Database - XplorMor International

Insect Taxonomy Database

Insects represent the largest and most diverse group of organisms on Earth. There have been over 900,000 living insect species from across our planet recorded and described to date. According to research done through the Smithsonian: Most authorities agree that there are more insect species that have not been described (named by science) than there are insect species that have been previously named... estimates suggest that this figure is 2 million, but estimates extend to 30 million. Insects, as all living creatures, are organized using a hierarchical system of classification. Their scientific classification, or taxonomy, may be highly detailed but it is important for reliable study and understanding their important role in our planet’s ecosystem, as well as their tremendous benefits for humankind.

Taxonomy was created to help identify and organize all living and extinct organisms. Each individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form is classified into distinct groups with other similar organisms and given a scientific name. In this classification there are  hierarchical categories that start very broad with many different members to gradually defining  organisms with very specific details, and eventually identifying a single species. (Adapted from iNaturalist) Here we focus on insects, Class Insecta, and its three lower classifications: Winged and Once-winged Insects (Subclass Pterygota); Bristletails (Order Archaeognatha), Silverfishes (Order Zygentoma).

Please realize we are a passionate team of nature enthusiasts, not a team of formerly trained entomologists, instead we rely heavily on various university entomology department sites, iNaturalist, BugGuide and other online resources for collecting our identification information. We strive to keep up with correct identifications but approval and verification must be done prior to publication.


Insect Classification

Animals Kingdom - Animalia

->Arthropods Phylum - Arthropoda

   ->Hexapods Subphylum - Hexapoda

      ->Insects Class - Insecta

         ->Winged and Once-winged Insects - Subclass Pterygota

         ->Bristletails Order - Archaeognatha

         ->Silverfishes Order - Zygentoma

Winged and Once-winged Insects

Blattodea - Cockroaches and Termites

Coleoptera - Beetles

Diptera - Flies

Hemiptera - True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies

Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies

Lepidoptera - Butterflies, Moths

Mecoptera - Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies

Odonata - Dragonflies, Damselflies

Orthoptera - Crickets, Grasshoppers, Katydids, Locusts

Psocodea - Barklice, Booklice, Parasitic Lice


Bristletails and Silverfishes

Please realize we are a passionate team of nature enthusiasts, not a team of formerly trained entomologists, instead we rely heavily on various university entomology department sites, iNaturalist, BugGuide and other online resources for collecting our identification information. We strive to keep up with correct identifications but approval and verification must be done prior to publication.

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