Arthropods | Arthropoda

Arthropods | Arthropoda

Description
Description

Arthropods, belonging to the phylum Arthropoda, are invertebrates distinguished by their exoskeletons, segmented bodies, and jointed appendages. This diverse group includes insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods. Occupying virtually every habitat on Earth, from deep sea vents to tropical forests, arthropods are evolutionary pioneers, existing for over 500 million years. They've adapted to myriad environments through exoskeletons, which provide protection and support. Arthropods play vital ecological roles: pollinators, decomposers, and as a part of the food web. Their metamorphosis and molting processes are unique evolutionary traits that have contributed to their incredible diversity and success as a phylum.

Anatomy
Anatomy

Arthropods are characterized by their hard exoskeletons made of chitin, which they periodically shed in a process called molting. Their bodies are segmented and often divided into parts like the head, thorax, and abdomen. They possess jointed limbs, which facilitate a range of movements, from the delicate flight of a butterfly to the precise scuttle of a crab. Many arthropods have compound eyes, offering a broad field of vision, and antennae for touch and smell. While they don't speak, they can communicate through sounds, like the chirping of crickets, or through chemical signals. Their diversity reflects a wide array of adaptations for survival.

Human Interaction
Human Interaction

Humans have a complex relationship with arthropods. Throughout history, we've admired their beauty, as in the case of butterflies, or utilized them, like bees for pollination and silk moths for silk production. In agriculture, arthropods like ladybugs are valued as pest controllers. Conversely, others are seen as pests themselves, threatening crops or spreading diseases like mosquitoes. In pop culture, they often appear as monstrous villains or superheroes, like Spider-Man.

Conservation efforts focus on habitats critical for arthropod survival, recognizing their essential role in ecosystems. Ecotourism and citizen science projects also encourage public engagement in arthropod conservation.

Common Questions
Common Questions
What is the largest group of arthropods?

The largest group of arthropods are insects, and they can be distinguished from other arthropods through specific characteristics. These characteristics include them having 3 body regions, 3 pairs of legs, as well as a pair of antennae. Most insects also have the ability to fly, which other arthropods lack.

How do arthropods grow?

The arthropods grow through the process of forming new segments near their tail. The growth of an arthropod is very similar to the growth of annelids. Arthropods like mollusks have a tough exoskeleton, but this exoskeleton does not grow along with the rest of the animal and they have to shed their exoskeleton periodically.

Why are arthropods important?

Arthropods are considered because they carry out a different number of roles and tasks. Arthropods can help with pest control or weed control, they also carry an important ecological role due to their large number of species and diversity. Arthropods also serve as food for other species within the food chain.

.91”-1.14” | 23-29 mm
11”-11.8” | 28-30 cm
8-15 years
Amazonian Giant Centipede
2.900
30.000
15.00
15000
GUIDE
3D
Amazonian Giant Centipede
.2”-.39” | 5-10 mm
.43”-.79” | 11-20 mm
1.18”-2.09” | 30-53 mm
1-2 years
American Cockroach
1.000
2.000
5.300
2.00
68000
GUIDE
3D
American Cockroach
.35”-.51” | 9-13 mm
3.9”-5.1” | 10-13 cm
.07-.09 oz | 2-2.5 g
5-11 years
American Giant Millipede
1.300
13.000
0.003
11.00
2500
GUIDE
3D
American Giant Millipede
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
2”-2.4” | 5-6 cm
.03-.07 oz | 1-2 g
2-6 years
Antarctic Krill
0.700
0.700
6.000
0.002
6.00
6100
GUIDE
3D
Antarctic Krill
.55”-.67” | 1.4-1.7 cm
.51”-.63” | 1.3-1.6 cm
3.1”-3.9” | 7.9-9.9 cm
.02-.17 oz | .5-5 g
3-8 years
Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion
1.700
1.600
9.900
0.005
8.00
900
GUIDE
3D
Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion
.16”-.22” | .4-.55 cm
.39”-.51” | 1-1.3 cm
2.56”-3.15” | 6.5-8 cm
2 oz | 57 g
5-7 years
Arizona Bark Scorpion
0.550
1.300
8.000
0.057
7.00
10800
GUIDE
3D
Arizona Bark Scorpion
.24”-.47” | 6-12 mm
.28”-.51” | 7-13 mm
.98”-1.77” | 25-45 mm (Worker); 1.57”-1.97” | 40-50 mm (Queen)
3-5 months (Worker); 1 year (Queen)
Asian Giant Hornet
1.200
1.300
4.500
0.42
75000
GUIDE
3D
Asian Giant Hornet
.22”-.26” | 5.5-6.5 mm
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm
.79”-.94” | 20-24 mm (Worker); 1.18” | 30 mm (Queen)
2-3 weeks (Worker); 1 year (Queen)
Asian Hornet
0.650
0.600
2.400
0.06
52000
GUIDE
3D
Asian Hornet
.1”-.16” | 2.5-4 mm
.16”-.26” | 4-6.5 mm
.22”-.33” | 5.5-8.5 mm
2-3 years
Asian Lady Beetle
0.400
0.650
0.850
3.00
64000
GUIDE
3D
Asian Lady Beetle
.03”-.09” | .7-2.3 mm
.02”-.06” | .5-1.5 mm
.12”-.39” | 3-10 mm
30-40 days
Asian Tiger Mosquito
0.230
0.150
1.000
0.11
47000
GUIDE
3D
Asian Tiger Mosquito
.63”-.79” | 16-20 mm
9.84”-12” | 25-30.5 cm (Wingspan)
2.13”-2.64” | 54-67 mm
2-3 months
Atlas Moth
2.000
30.500
6.700
0.25
90000
GUIDE
3D
Atlas Moth
.035”-.05” | .9-1.3 mm
.04”-.06” | 1-1.5 mm
.14”-.2” | 3.5-5 mm (Worker); .31”-.35” | 8-9 mm (Queen)
1-2 years (Worker); 10-15 years (Queen)
Black Garden Ant
0.130
0.150
0.500
2.00
29000
GUIDE
3D
Black Garden Ant
.14”-.24” | 3.5-6 mm (Male); .18”-.28” | 4.5-7 mm (Female)
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm (Male); .16”-.24” | 4-6 mm (Female)
.95”-1.54” | 24-39 mm (Male); 1.22”-1.85” | 31-47 mm (Female)
1-2 years
Black House Spider
0.700
0.600
4.700
2.00
41600
GUIDE
3D
Black House Spider
.18”-.22” | 4.5-5.5 mm
2.64”-3.5” | 67-89 mm (Wingspan)
.79”-1.1” | 20-28 mm
2-3 months
Black Swallowtail
0.550
8.900
2.800
0.25
20600
GUIDE
3D
Black Swallowtail
.08”-.2” | 2-5 mm
.98”-2.56” | 25-65 mm
.39”-.91” | 10-23 mm
1-3 years
Bold Jumping Spider
0.500
6.500
2.300
3.00
28000
GUIDE
3D
Bold Jumping Spider
.05”-.09” | 1.2-2.4 mm
.06”-.12” | 1.5-3 mm
.16”-.31” | 4-8 mm
17-21 days
Boll Weevil
0.240
0.300
0.800
0.06
27800
GUIDE
3D
Boll Weevil
.12”-.18” | 3-4.5 mm
.15”-.21” | 3.7-5.3 mm
.43”-63” | 11-16 mm
1 year
Boxelder Bug
0.450
0.530
1.600
1.00
39400
GUIDE
3D
Boxelder Bug
.03”-.04” | .7-1 mm
.04”-.07” | 1.1-1.7 mm
.17”-.24” | 4.2-6.2 mm
3-18 months
Brown Dog Tick
0.100
0.170
0.620
1.50
24000
GUIDE
3D
Brown Dog Tick
.14”-.22” | 3.5-5.5 mm
.26”-.42” | 6.7-10.7 mm
.47”-.75” | 12-19 mm
6-8 months
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
0.550
1.070
1.900
0.66
80000
GUIDE
3D
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
.09”-.16” | 2.2-4 mm
.08”-.16” | 2-4 mm
.83”-1.46” | 21-37 mm
2-4 years
Brown Recluse Spider
0.400
0.400
3.700
4.00
139000
GUIDE
3D
Brown Recluse Spider
.12”-.18” | 3-4.5 mm (Male); .28”-.37” | 7-9.5 mm (Female)
.12”-.16” | 3-4 mm (Male); .22”-.3” | 5.5-7.5 mm (Female)
.98”-1.38” | 25-35 mm (Male); 2.05”-2.72” | 52-69 mm (Female)
1-3 years
Brown Widow
0.950
0.750
6.900
3.00
61300
GUIDE
3D
Brown Widow
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
.16”-.28” | 4-7 mm
.71”-1.18” | 18-30 mm
2-3 months (Worker); 1-2 years (Queen)
Bullet Ant
0.500
0.700
3.000
0.25
77400
GUIDE
3D
Bullet Ant
.43”-.67” | 11-17 mm
.35”-.55” | 9-14 mm
5.51”-8.07” | 14-20.5 cm
1-1.5 years
Camel Spider
1.700
1.400
20.500
1.50
247060
GUIDE
3D
Camel Spider
1.4”-3.9” | 3.5-10 cm
1.2”-3.1” | 3-8 cm
2”-6” | 5.1-15.2 cm (Overall)
.22-1 lb | .1-.45 kg
15-30 years
Caribbean Hermit Crab
10.000
8.000
15.200
0.450
30.00
1650
GUIDE
3D
Caribbean Hermit Crab
.05”-.12” | 1.3-3 mm
.06”-.14” | 1.5-3.5 mm
.24”-.55” | 6-14 mm (Worker); .63”-.71” | 16-18 mm (Queen)
4-7 years (Worker); 10-15 years (Queen)
Carpenter Ant
0.300
0.350
1.400
7.00
50300
GUIDE
3D
Carpenter Ant
.02”-.04” | .6-1 mm
.02”-.04” | .6-1 mm
.08”-.12” | 2-3 mm
4-25 days
Cat Flea
0.100
0.100
0.300
0.07
25600
GUIDE
3D
Cat Flea
.24”-.28” | 6-7 mm
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
1.25”-1.5” | 3.2-3.8 cm
.1-.2 oz | 3-5 g
1-2 years
Cherry Shrimp
0.700
0.700
3.800
0.005
2.00
37700
GUIDE
3D
Cherry Shrimp
.6”-1.7” | 1.4-4.4 cm
1.2”-3.9” | 3-10 cm (Carapace)
1”-3” | 2.5-7.5 cm (Carapace)
1.6-5.6 oz | 45-160 g
2-5 years
Chinese Mitten Crab
4.400
10.000
7.500
0.160
5.00
6150
GUIDE
3D
Chinese Mitten Crab
.013”-.016” | .34-.4 mm
.018-.02” | .45-.5 mm
.055”-.063” | 1.4-1.6 mm
2-3 weeks
Clover Mite
0.040
0.050
0.160
0.06
9400
GUIDE
3D
Clover Mite
2.4”-5.9” | 6-15 cm
3”-8” | 7.6-20.3 cm (Carapace)
5.9”-15.75” | 15-40 cm (Carapace)
8.8-11 lb | 4-5 kg
40-60 years
Coconut Crab
15.000
20.300
40.000
5.000
60.00
256900
GUIDE
3D
Coconut Crab
.11”-.21” | 2.7-5.3 mm
.14”-.28” | 3.5-7 mm
.24”-.47” | 6-12 mm
2-12 months
Colorado Potato Beetle
0.530
0.700
1.200
1.00
7100
GUIDE
3D
Colorado Potato Beetle
.06”-.12” | 1.5-3 mm (Male); .14”-.22” | 3.5-5.5 mm (Female)
.05”-.1” | 1.2-2.5 mm (Male); .12”-2” | 3-5 mm (Female)
.33”-.67” | 8.5-17 mm (Male); .79”-1.3” | 20-33 mm (Female)
1-2 years
Common House Spider
0.550
0.500
3.300
2.00
30000
GUIDE
3D
Common House Spider
.12”-.26” | 3-6.5 mm
.16”-.33” | 4-8.5 mm
.35”-.71” | 9-18 mm
2-4 years
Common Potato Bug
0.650
0.850
1.800
4.00
125000
GUIDE
3D
Common Potato Bug
.28”-.43” | .7-1.1 cm
.43”-.71” | 1.1-1.8 cm
2.75”-4.33” | 7-11 cm
.035-.09 oz | 1-2.5 g
4-12 years
Deathstalker
1.100
1.800
11.000
0.003
12.00
17200
GUIDE
3D
Deathstalker
Deer Tick
129000
.01”-.024” | .2-.6 mm
.02”-.06” | .5-1.5 mm
.08”-.24” | 2-6 mm
2-3 years
Deer Tick
0.060
0.150
0.600
3.00
129000
GUIDE
3D
Deer Tick
.43”-.71” | 11-18 mm
.35”-.59” | 9-15 mm
1.97”-3.15” | 5-8 cm
3-12 months
Desert Locust
1.800
1.500
8.000
1.00
7100
GUIDE
3D
Desert Locust
.2”-.43” | 5-11 mm
3.9”-5.9” | 10-15 cm
7-10 years
Desert Millipede
1.100
15.000
10.00
1150
GUIDE
3D
Desert Millipede
.04”-.07” | 1-1.8 mm
.03”-.04” | .8-1 mm
.12”-.16” | 3-4 mm
2-3 weeks
Dog Flea
0.180
0.100
0.400
0.06
25500
GUIDE
3D
Dog Flea
.2”-.35” | 5-9 mm
1.18”-1.97” | 30-50 mm (Wingspan)
.67”-1.14” | 17-29 mm
6-8 weeks
Domestic Silk Moth
0.900
5.000
2.900
0.15
58300
GUIDE
3D
Domestic Silk Moth
.05”-.07” | 1.3-1.8 mm
.06”-.1” | 1.5-2.5 mm
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
21-27 days
Drain Fly
0.180
0.250
0.500
0.07
21500
GUIDE
3D
Drain Fly
2.1”-3.5” | 5.4-8.9 cm
5.9”-9.8” | 15-25 cm (Carapace)
3.9”-6.5” | 10-16.5 cm (Carapace)
2-4.4 lb | .9-2 kg
8-13 years
Dungeness Crab
8.900
25.000
16.500
2.000
13.00
103060
GUIDE
3D
Dungeness Crab
.2”-.39” | 5-10 mm
3.15”-5.51” | 80-140 mm (Wingspan)
.87”-1.54” | 22-39 mm
2-3 months
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1.000
14.000
3.900
0.25
11900
GUIDE
3D
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
.07”-.11” | 1.8-2.8 mm
.08”-.12” | 2-3 mm
.31-.47” | 8-12 mm
3-5 weeks
Emerald Ash Borer
0.280
0.300
1.200
0.10
28300
GUIDE
3D
Emerald Ash Borer
.75”-1.02” | 1.9-2.6 cm
1.02”-1.46” | 2.6-3.7 cm
5.9”-7.9” | 15-20 cm
1-2 oz | 28-57 g
5-8 years
Emperor Scorpion
2.600
3.700
20.000
0.057
8.00
24400
GUIDE
3D
Emperor Scorpion
1”-1.7” | 2.6-4.3 cm
2.5”-4” | 6.4-10.2 cm (Carapace)
2.1”-3.3” | 5.3-8.5 cm (Carapace)
2.6-3 oz | 75-85 g
3-5 years
European Green Crab
4.300
10.200
8.500
0.085
5.00
5500
GUIDE
3D
European Green Crab
.07”-.17” | 1.8-4.3 mm
.08”-.18” | 2-4.5 mm
2.64”-6.18” | 6.7-15.7 cm
1 year
European Harvestman
0.430
0.450
15.700
1.00
4250
GUIDE
3D
European Harvestman
.18”-.28” | 4.5-7 mm
.16”-.26” | 4-6.5 mm
.71”-.94” | 18-24 mm (Worker); .98”-1.38” | 25-35 mm (Queen)
2-6 weeks (Worker); 1 year (Queen)
European Hornet
0.700
0.650
2.400
0.12
74000
GUIDE
3D
European Hornet
.03”-.07” | .7-1.9 mm
.03”-.07” | .7-1.9 mm
.12”-.31” | 3-8 mm
2-3 months (Worker); 2-7 years (Queen)
Fire Ant
0.190
0.190
0.800
0.25
63000
GUIDE
3D
Fire Ant
Firebug
29800
.06”-.12” | 1.6-3 mm
.11”-.21” | 2.7-5.3 mm
.26”-.47” | 6.5-12 mm
1-2 years
Firebug
0.300
0.530
1.200
2.00
29800
GUIDE
3D
Firebug
2.6”-3” | 6.5-7.5 cm
5.1”-5.7” | 13-14.5 cm (Carapace)
3”-3.4” | 7.6-8.7 cm (Carapace)
3-6 oz | 85-170 g
6-8 years
Florida Stone Crab
7.500
14.500
8.700
0.170
8.00
2560
GUIDE
3D
Florida Stone Crab
.12”-.18” | 3-4.5 mm
.16”-.24” | 4-6 mm
.43”-.63” | 11-16 mm
3-9 months
German Cockroach
0.450
0.600
1.600
0.75
103600
GUIDE
3D
German Cockroach
.26”-.43” | 6.5-11 mm
.26”-.39” | 6.5-10 mm
1.77”-2.36” | 45-60 mm
4-8 months
Ghost Mantis
1.100
1.000
6.000
0.66
18300
GUIDE
3D
Ghost Mantis
.6”-.75” | 15-19 mm
11”-13.4” | 28-34 cm
6.4-9.6 oz | 181-272 g
7-10 years
Giant African Millipede
1.900
34.000
0.272
10.00
4600
GUIDE
3D
Giant African Millipede
.28”-.55” | 7-14 mm
3”-6.3” | 7.5-16 cm
3-5 years
Giant Centipede
1.400
16.000
5.00
29040
GUIDE
3D
Giant Centipede
.47”-.63” | 12-16 mm
6.7”-7.9” | 17-20 cm
3-6 years
Giant Desert Centipede
1.600
20.000
6.00
7600
GUIDE
3D
Giant Desert Centipede
.39”-.67” | 1-1.7 cm
.75”-1.25” | 1.9-3.2 cm
3.94”-7.1” | 10-18 cm
.14-.25 oz | 4-7 g
7-10 years (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)
Giant Hairy Scorpion
1.700
3.200
18.000
0.007
20.00
4000
GUIDE
3D
Giant Hairy Scorpion
.24”-.39” | 6-10 mm
2.24”-3.58” | 57-91 mm (Wingspan)
1.18”-1.89” | 30-48 mm
2-3 years
Giant Leopard Moth
1.000
9.100
4.800
3.00
13600
GUIDE
3D
Giant Leopard Moth
.35”-.55” | .9-1.4 cm
.47”-.71” | 1.2-1.8 cm
1.57”-2.36” | 4-6 cm (Body)
.035-.07 oz | 1-2 g
4-7 years
Giant Whip Scorpion
1.400
1.800
6.000
0.002
7.00
1800
GUIDE
3D
Giant Whip Scorpion
1.57”-2.24” | 4-5.7 cm
1.57”-2.24” | 4-5.7 cm
8.07”-11.42” | 20.5-29 cm
5-6.2 oz | .14-.18 kg
3-6 years (Male); 10-20 years (Female)
Goliath Birdeater
5.700
5.700
29.000
0.180
20.00
120000
GUIDE
3D
Goliath Birdeater
.22”-.39” | 5.5-10 mm
.33”-.59” | 8.5-15 mm
.59”-1.06” | 15-27 mm
1 year
Green June Beetle
1.000
1.500
2.700
1.00
12800
GUIDE
3D
Green June Beetle
.12”-.14” | 3-3.5 mm (Male); .13”-.24” | 3.2-6 mm (Female)
.11”-.13” | 2.8-3.3 mm (Male); .12”-.22” | 3-5.5 mm (Female)
1.02”-1.18” | 26-30 mm (Male); 1.1”-2.05” | 28-52 mm (Female)
1 year
Green Lynx Spider
0.600
0.550
5.200
1.00
6950
GUIDE
3D
Green Lynx Spider
.16”-.24” | 4-6 mm
.28”-.39” | 7-10 mm
.51”-.75” | 13-19 mm
30-45 days
Green Stink Bug
0.600
1.000
1.900
0.12
13350
GUIDE
3D
Green Stink Bug
.08”-.1” | 2-2.5 mm
.7”-.9” | 1.8-2.3 cm
4-7 years
Greenhouse Millipede
0.250
2.300
7.00
5800
GUIDE
3D
Greenhouse Millipede
.14”-.2” | 3.5-5 mm
2.56”-3.74” | 65-95 mm (Wingspan)
.79”-1.14” | 20-29 mm
2-3 months
Gulf Fritillary
0.500
9.500
2.900
0.25
7340
GUIDE
3D
Gulf Fritillary
.16”-.31” | 4-8 mm
1.38”-2.75” | 35-70 mm (Wingspan)
.55”-1.1” | 14-28 mm
11-12 months
Gypsy Moth
0.800
7.000
2.800
1.00
91000
GUIDE
3D
Gypsy Moth
.47”-1.42” | 12-36 mm
.67”-2.09” | 17-53 mm
2.36”-7.09” | 6-18 cm
1.5-3 years
Hercules Beetle
3.600
5.300
18.000
3.00
52500
GUIDE
3D
Hercules Beetle
.14”-.26” | 3.5-6.5 mm
1”-1.5” | 2.5-3.8 cm
3-7 years
House Centipede
0.650
3.800
7.00
148000
GUIDE
3D
House Centipede
.16”-.22” | 4-5.5 mm
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm
.63”-.83” | 16-21 mm
2-3 months
House Cricket
0.550
0.600
2.100
0.25
14100
GUIDE
3D
House Cricket
.06”-.11” | 1.4-2.9 mm
.05”-.1” | 1.3-2.5 mm
.16”-.31” | 4-8 mm
15-30 days
Housefly
0.290
0.250
0.800
0.08
68000
GUIDE
3D
Housefly
.043”-.07” | 1.1-1.8 mm
.04”-.06” | .9-1.4 mm
.1”-.16” | 2.5-4 mm
14-16 days
Human Flea
0.180
0.140
0.400
0.13
11500
GUIDE
3D
Human Flea
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
.2”-.3” | 5-7.5 mm
.35”-.55” | 9-14 mm
1 year
Japanese Beetle
0.500
0.750
1.400
1.00
84000
GUIDE
3D
Japanese Beetle
4.1”-6.5” | 10.5-16.6 cm
7.9”-15” | 20-38 cm (Carapace)
9.25”-14” | 23.5-35.5 cm (Carapace)
28.7-44.1 lb | 13-20 kg
50-100 years
Japanese Spider Crab
16.600
38.000
35.500
20.000
100.00
85100
GUIDE
3D
Japanese Spider Crab
2”-3” | 5.1-7.7 cm
5.9”-8.7” | 15-22 cm (Carapace)
3.7”-5.6” | 9.5-14.3 cm (Carapace)
.75-1.2 lb | .34-.54 kg
1-5 years
Jonah Crab
7.700
22.000
14.300
0.540
5.00
7050
GUIDE
3D
Jonah Crab
.006”-.01” | .15-.3 mm
.008”-.016” | .2-.4 mm
.04”-.08” | 1-2 mm (Worker); .16”-.2” | 4-5 mm (Queen)
3-4 months (Worker); 1 year (Queen)
Little Black Ant
0.030
0.040
0.200
0.33
4800
GUIDE
3D
Little Black Ant
.03”-.04” | .8-1.1 mm
.07”-.09” | 1.7-2.3 mm
.22”-.31” | 5.5-8 mm
.66-2 years
Lone Star Tick
0.110
0.230
0.800
2.00
57500
GUIDE
3D
Lone Star Tick
Luna Moth
170500
.22”-.33” | 5.5-8.5 mm
2.95”-4.13” | 75-105 mm (Wingspan)
.94”-1.3” | 24-33 mm
2-3 months
Luna Moth
0.850
10.500
3.300
0.25
170500
GUIDE
3D
Luna Moth
1.6”-5.5” | 4-14 cm
2”-5.9” | 5-15 cm
7.9”-23.6” | 20-60 cm
9-44 lb | 4-20 kg
50-140 years
Maine Lobster | American Lobster
14.000
15.000
60.000
20.000
140.00
32400
GUIDE
3D
Maine Lobster | American Lobster
1.8”-2.4” | 4.5-6 cm
5.1”-7.1” | 13-18 cm
11.8”-15.75” | 30-40 cm
2.2-10 lb | 1-4.5 kg
12-20 years
Mangrove Horseshoe Crab
6.000
18.000
40.000
4.500
20.00
230
GUIDE
3D
Mangrove Horseshoe Crab
.12”-.18” | 3-4.5 mm
.16”-.24” | 4-6 mm
.49”-.71” | 12.5-18 mm
3-5 months
Mealworm Beetle
0.450
0.600
1.800
0.42
17500
GUIDE
3D
Mealworm Beetle
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm
2.75”-3.94” | 70-100 mm (Wingspan)
.98”-1.38” | 25-35 mm
8-9 months
Monarch Butterfly
0.600
10.000
3.500
0.75
253000
GUIDE
3D
Monarch Butterfly
.35”-.85” | 9-21.5 mm
.3”-.75” | 7.5-19 mm
.98”-2.44” | 25-62 mm
2-3 months
Mormon Cricket
2.150
1.900
6.200
0.25
7600
GUIDE
3D
Mormon Cricket
.14”-.26” | 3.5-6.5 mm
2.24”-3.94” | 57-100 mm (Wingspan)
.79”-1.38” | 20-35 mm
11-12 months
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
0.650
10.000
3.500
1.00
11300
GUIDE
3D
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
.12”-.28” | 3-7 mm
.2”-.5” | 5-12.5 mm
1.18”-2.75” | 3-7 cm
5-9 months
Orchid Mantis
0.700
1.250
7.000
0.75
90500
GUIDE
3D
Orchid Mantis
.18”-.26” | 4.5-6.5 mm
2”-2.87” | 51-73 mm (Wingspan)
.79”-1.18” | 20-30 mm
11-12 months
Painted Lady Butterfly
0.650
7.300
3.000
1.00
44000
GUIDE
3D
Painted Lady Butterfly
.3”-1” | .8-2.5 cm
.5”-2” | 1.3-5 cm
2”-7” | 5.1-17.8 cm
.4-3.2 oz | 12-90 g
4-6 years
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
2.500
5.000
17.800
0.090
6.00
24200
GUIDE
3D
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
.055”-.07” | 1.4-1.8 mm
.06”-.08” | 1.5-2 mm
.28”-.35” | 7-9 mm
1 year
Peacock Spider
0.180
0.200
0.900
1.00
43000
GUIDE
3D
Peacock Spider
.12”-.24” | 3-6 mm
1.38”-2.44” | 35-62 mm (Wingspan)
.55”-.98” | 14-25 mm
8-12 months
Peppered Moth
0.600
6.200
2.500
1.00
14200
GUIDE
3D
Peppered Moth
.16”-.35” | 4-9 mm
.3”-.8” | .8-2 cm
5-11 years
Pill Millipede
0.900
2.000
11.00
1700
GUIDE
3D
Pill Millipede
.18”-.35” | 4.5-9 mm
2.75”-5.12” | 70-130 mm (Wingspan)
.94”-1.77” | 24-45 mm
30-45 days
Pipevine Swallowtail
0.900
13.000
4.500
0.13
10300
GUIDE
3D
Pipevine Swallowtail
.31”-.51” | 8-13 mm
3.9"-5.9” | 100-150 mm (Wingspan)
.79”-1.18” | 20-30 mm
2-3 months
Polyphemus Moth
1.300
15.000
3.000
0.25
46000
GUIDE
3D
Polyphemus Moth
.11”-.13” | 2.7-3.4 mm (Male); .17”-.22” | 4.2-5.6 mm (Female)
.14”-.19” | 3.6-4.7 mm (Male); .22”-.26” | 5.7-6.7 mm (Female)
1.57”-1.97” | 40-50 mm (Male); 2.48”-3.27” | 63-83 mm (Female)
1-2 years
Rabid Wolf Spider
0.560
0.670
8.300
2.00
13900
GUIDE
3D
Rabid Wolf Spider
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm
1.97”-2.36” | 50-60 mm (Wingspan)
.75”-.94” | 19-24 mm
8-10 months
Red Admiral Butterfly
0.600
6.000
2.400
0.83
21400
GUIDE
3D
Red Admiral Butterfly
3.9”-6.5” | 9.8-16.4 cm
5.9”-11” | 15-28 cm (Carapace)
5.1”-10” | 13-25.3 cm (Carapace)
24-28 lb | 10.9-12.7 kg
20-30 years
Red King Crab
16.400
28.000
25.300
12.700
30.00
11300
GUIDE
3D
Red King Crab
.24”-.33” | 6-8.5 mm
.24”-.33” | 6-8.5 mm
.94”-1.26” | 24-32 mm
12-22 days (Worker); 1 year (Queen)
Red Paper Wasp
0.850
0.850
3.200
0.06
8500
GUIDE
3D
Red Paper Wasp
.8”-1.4” | 2-3.5 cm
2”-3.4” | 5-8.7 cm (Carapace)
1.8”-3.1” | 4.6-8 cm (Carapace)
.8-2 lb | .36-.91 kg
8-12 years
Red Rock Crab
3.500
8.700
8.000
0.910
12.00
3800
GUIDE
3D
Red Rock Crab
.006”-.008” | .15-.2 mm
.008”-.01” | .2-.3 mm
.04”-.05” | 1-1.3 mm
2-4 weeks
Red Spider Mite
0.020
0.030
0.130
0.08
12000
GUIDE
3D
Red Spider Mite
.16”-.26” | 4-6.7 mm
.18”-.31” | 4.5-8 mm
.59”-.98” | 15-25 mm
1 year
Red Velvet Ant
0.670
0.800
2.500
1.00
14500
GUIDE
3D
Red Velvet Ant
.07”-.09” | 1.8-2.4 mm (Male); .19”-.24” | 4.7-6 mm (Female)
.06”-.09” | 1.6-2.2 mm (Male); .17”-.21” | 4.3-5.4 mm (Female)
.43”-.55” | 11-14 mm (Male); 1.1”-1.34” | 28-34 mm (Female)
1-3 years
Redback Spider
0.600
0.540
3.400
3.00
61300
GUIDE
3D
Redback Spider
.35”-.55” | 9-14 mm
.59”-.94” | 15-24 mm
.98”-1.5” | 25-38 mm
1-3 years
Sacred Scarab
1.400
2.400
3.800
3.00
1600
GUIDE
3D
Sacred Scarab
.016”-.024” | .4-.6 mm
.008”-.01” | .2-.3 mm
.03”-.04” | .8-1 mm
4-6 weeks
Sand Flea
0.060
0.030
0.100
0.12
37000
GUIDE
3D
Sand Flea
Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda)
Comparison drawing of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion compared to other scorpions

The Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda) is considered one of the most dangerous species of scorpion following the Deathstalker. It is commonly found in the exotic animal trade despite this information. Its habitat range extends from North Africa into the Middle East throughout the semi-arid and arid regions. It is a medium-sized species noted for its large-sized tail from which its name derives and with a scientific name that translates to ”fat-tailed man-killer.” The color of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion varies from a light brown to a darker brown and tends to feed on anything smaller and moving.

The Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion has an overall length between 3.1”-3.9” (7.9-9.9 cm) and weight of .02-.17 oz (.5-5 g). Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpions have a body length of 1.46”-1.85” (3.7-4.7 cm), body width of .51”-.63” (1.3-1.6 cm), and body height of .55”-.67” (1.4-1.7 cm). The typical lifespan of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion is between 3-8 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion
The Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda) is considered one of the most dangerous species of scorpion following the Deathstalker. It is commonly found in the exotic animal trade despite this information. Its habitat range extends from North Africa into the Middle East.

The Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion has an overall length between 3.1”-3.9” (7.9-9.9 cm) and weight of .02-.17 oz (.5-5 g). Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpions have a body length of 1.46”-1.85” (3.7-4.7 cm), body width of .51”-.63” (1.3-1.6 cm), and body height of .55”-.67” (1.4-1.7 cm). The typical lifespan of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion is between 3-8 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion
Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda)
Height:
.55”-.67” | 1.4-1.7 cm
Width:
.51”-.63” | 1.3-1.6 cm
Length:
3.1”-3.9” | 7.9-9.9 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.02-.17 oz | .5-5 g
Area:

Body Length: 1.46”-1.85” | 3.7-4.7 cm

Scientific Name
Androctonus crassicauda
Lifespan
3-8 years

Drawings include:

Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion top view, side

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Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
Scale illustration of an average Striped Bark Scorpion compared to other scorpion species

Commonly found and widely distributed throughout the central United States, the Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is a species of scorpion that people in the U.S. most come across with thousands stung yearly. It has been noted to frequent warm areas under rocks, debris, buildings, houses, etc. The Striped Bark Scorpion is distinguished by its yellowish body, black bands or stripes along its back, and a dark triangle marked on its head. As a nocturnal predator and opportunistic cannibal, its coloration provides camouflage within its environment to prey on soft-bodied insects as well as smaller-sized scorpions.

The Striped Bark Scorpion has an overall length between 1.97”-2.75” (5-7 cm) and weight of 2 oz (57 g). Striped Bark Scorpions have a body length of .83”-1.18” (2.1-3 cm), body width of .28”-.39” (.7-1 cm), and body height of .2”-.3” (.5-.75 cm). The typical lifespan of the Striped Bark Scorpion is between 3-8 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Striped Bark Scorpion
Commonly found and widely distributed throughout the central United States, the Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is a species of scorpion that people in the U.S. most come across with thousands stung yearly. It has been noted to frequent warm areas under rocks, debris, buildings, etc.

The Striped Bark Scorpion has an overall length between 1.97”-2.75” (5-7 cm) and weight of 2 oz (57 g). Striped Bark Scorpions have a body length of .83”-1.18” (2.1-3 cm), body width of .28”-.39” (.7-1 cm), and body height of .2”-.3” (.5-.75 cm). The typical lifespan of the Striped Bark Scorpion is between 3-8 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Striped Bark Scorpion
Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
Height:
.2”-.3” | .5-.75 cm
Width:
.28”-.39” | .7-1 cm
Length:
1.97”-2.75” | 5-7 cm
Depth:
Weight:
2 oz | 57 g
Area:

Body Length: .83”-1.18” | 2.1-3 cm

Scientific Name
Centruroides vittatus
Lifespan
3-8 years

Drawings include:

Striped Bark Scorpion top view, side

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Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)
Comparison drawing of the Gulf Fritillary compared to other insects

The Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae) is a bright orange butterfly. As a longwing butterfly, the Gulf Fritillary has long and narrow wings compared to those of other butterflies. They have extended forewings, and females are distinctively larger than males. The underside of the wings are brown with a speckling of silvery white dots, and the top of the wings are orange with black streaks. The species is most commonly found in the southern areas of the United States, and in many regions of Florida and Texas. They have a chemical defense mechanism in which they release an odorous chemical in response to predator sightings.

The Gulf Fritillary has a total wingspan in the range of 2.56”-3.74” (65-95 mm). The body of the Gulf Fritillary has an overall length between .79”-1.14” (20-29 mm), body width of .12”-.18” (3-4.5 mm), and body height of .14”-.2” (3.5-5 mm). The typical lifespan of the Gulf Fritillary is between 2-3 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Gulf Fritillary
The Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae) is a bright orange butterfly. As a longwing butterfly, the Gulf Fritillary has long and narrow wings compared to those of other butterflies. They have extended forewings, and females are distinctively larger than males. The underside of the wings are brown.

The Gulf Fritillary has a total wingspan in the range of 2.56”-3.74” (65-95 mm). The body of the Gulf Fritillary has an overall length between .79”-1.14” (20-29 mm), body width of .12”-.18” (3-4.5 mm), and body height of .14”-.2” (3.5-5 mm). The typical lifespan of the Gulf Fritillary is between 2-3 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)
Height:
.14”-.2” | 3.5-5 mm
Width:
2.56”-3.74” | 65-95 mm (Wingspan)
Length:
.79”-1.14” | 20-29 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Body Width: .12”-.18” | 3-4.5 mm

Scientific Name
Dione vanillae
Lifespan
2-3 months

Drawings include:

Gulf Fritillary top view, side

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Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
Set of size comparison illustrations of the size of a Whiteleg Shrimp to other crustaceans

Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) can be farmed or caught for food in the eastern Pacific Oceans. Also called King Prawn or Pacific White Shrimp, it is a member of the family Penaeidae exhibiting a faster maturity rate but a shorter lifespan. This decapod is the largest prawn species with an elongated body that is laterally compressed. Their abdomen too is well-developed for swimming. Juveniles prefer estuaries while adults love relatively deeper waters. The legs are white from where it gets the name Whiteleg and other body parts may have varying colors, though translucent-white is more common!

The Whiteleg Shrimp has an overall length between 7”-9.1” (17.8-23.1 cm), body width of 1.1”-1.5” (2.7-3.7 cm), body height of 1”-1.4” (2.5-3.5 cm), and weight between 1-2.8 oz (30-80 g). The typical lifespan of the Whiteleg Shrimp is between 1-2 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Whiteleg Shrimp in various poses
Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) can be farmed or caught for food in the eastern Pacific Oceans. Also called King Prawn or Pacific White Shrimp, it is a member of the family Penaeidae exhibiting a faster maturity rate but a shorter lifespan. This decapod is the largest prawn species.

The Whiteleg Shrimp has an overall length between 7”-9.1” (17.8-23.1 cm), body width of 1.1”-1.5” (2.7-3.7 cm), body height of 1”-1.4” (2.5-3.5 cm), and weight between 1-2.8 oz (30-80 g). The typical lifespan of the Whiteleg Shrimp is between 1-2 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Whiteleg Shrimp in various poses
Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
Height:
1”-1.4” | 2.5-3.5 cm
Width:
1.1”-1.5” | 2.7-3.7 cm
Length:
7”-9.1” | 17.8-23.1 cm
Depth:
Weight:
1-2.8 oz | 30-80 g
Area:
Scientific Name
Litopenaeus vannamei
Lifespan
1-2 years

Drawings include:

Whiteleg Shrimp top view, side

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Water Spider | Diving Bell Spider (Argyroneta aquatica)
Comparison drawing of the Water Spider | Diving Bell Spider compared to other spiders

Spiders prefer ground or arboreal dwellings, however, the Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) is different: spending most of its life underwater, only to resurface when replenishing its oxygen supply or to seek prey. Besides, it is the only spider where sexual dimorphism favors males. It resembles a diving bell from where it gets its name. Look for it in freshwater ponds, streams, and other shallow water bodies with abundant vegetation in Europe or Asia. The spider belongs to the family Dictynidae and creates a dome-shaped web where it dwells after filling the web with air. The spider is a night feeder with a bite that is non-venomous.

Male and female Water Spiders (Diving Bell Spiders) vary in size. The female Water Spider has an overall legspan length between .75”-1.1” (19-28 mm), body length of .31”-.47” (8-12 mm), body width of .14”-.22” (3.5-5.5 mm), and body height of .17”-.26” (4.3-6.6 mm). The male Water Spider has an overall legspan length between .94”-1.46” (24-37 mm), body length of .39”-.59” (10-15 mm), body width of .18”-.28” (4.5-7 mm), and body height of .22”-.33” (5.5-8.3 mm). The common lifespan of the Water Spider is between 1-2 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Water Spider | Diving Bell Spider
Spiders prefer ground or arboreal dwellings, however, the Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) is different: spending most of its life underwater, only to resurface when replenishing its oxygen supply or to seek prey. Besides, it is the only spider where sexual dimorphism favors males.

Male and female Water Spiders (Diving Bell Spiders) vary in size. The female Water Spider has an overall legspan length between .75”-1.1” (19-28 mm), body length of .31”-.47” (8-12 mm), body width of .14”-.22” (3.5-5.5 mm), and body height of .17”-.26” (4.3-6.6 mm). The male Water Spider has an overall legspan length between .94”-1.46” (24-37 mm), body length of .39”-.59” (10-15 mm), body width of .18”-.28” (4.5-7 mm), and body height of .22”-.33” (5.5-8.3 mm). The common lifespan of the Water Spider is between 1-2 years.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Water Spider | Diving Bell Spider
Water Spider | Diving Bell Spider (Argyroneta aquatica)
Height:
.22”-.33” | 5.5-8.3 mm (Male); .17”-.26” | 4.3-6.6 mm (Female)
Width:
.18”-.28” | 4.5-7 mm (Male); .14”-.22” | 3.5-5.5 mm (Female)
Length:
.94”-1.46” | 24-37 mm (Male); .75”-1.1” | 19-28 mm (Female)
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Body Length: .39”-.59” | 10-15 mm (Male); .31”-.47” | 8-12 mm (Female)

Scientific Name
Argyroneta aquatica
Lifespan
1-2 years

Drawings include:

Water Spider (Diving Bell Spider) top view, side

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