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Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies - Photo (c) RobMan170, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies Info
The Hymenoptera are one of the largest orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees and ants. Over 150,000 species are recognized, with many more remaining to be described. The name refers to the wings of the insects, and is derived from the Ancient Greek ὑμήν (hymen): membrane and πτερόν (pteron): wing. The hind wings are connected to the fore wings by a series of hooks called hamuli. (From Wikipedia)
Mantids - Photo (c) Gustavo Durán, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Mantids Info
Mantodea (or mantises, mantes) is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. (From Wikipedia)
Mites and Ticks - Photo (c) Mick Talbot, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
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Acari (or Acarina) are a taxon of arachnids that contains mites and ticks. The diversity of the Acari is extraordinary and its fossil history goes back to at least the early Devonian period. As a result, acarologists (the people who study mites and ticks) have proposed a complex set of taxonomic ranks to classify mites. In most modern treatments, the Acari is considered a subclass of Arachnida and is composed of two or three superorders or... (From Wikipedia)
Spiders - Photo (c) Steve Smith, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Spiders Info
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, at least 43,678 spider species, and 109 families have been... (From Wikipedia)
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