Insects are members of the phylum Anthropoda and are characterized by their three pairs of jointed legs, segmented bodies, exoskeleton, one pair of antennae, and usually one or two pairs of wings. One million different species of insects have been named and discovered, but scientists estimate that at least 4 million others have yet to be named. Insects live in every habitat on earth, although very few live in water, with the oceans and lakes being dominated by other anthropods, the crustaceans. Insects are vital to every ecosystem, by being responsible for important roles such as pollination, decomposing plant and animal matter, and providing a source of food. With currently 10 quintillion insects on the globe, it is estimated that insects make up 90% of all animal life on earth.

What do insects eat?

Insects are able to eat a wide variety of food. About half of insect species are vegetarians and eat leaves, roots, seeds, nectar, or wood. Other species like praying mantises are predators and hunt other small insects. Fleas and lice are parasites and are able to feed on the flesh and blood of larger animals without killing them.

How many legs do insects have?

Insects have 6 legs in total – 3 pairs of jointed legs. Each pair of legs is attached to a body segment. One pair of legs is attached to the prothorax, another pair is attached to the mesothorax, and the last pair to the metathorax.

Why are insects attracted to light?

Insects that are attracted to light are considered positively phototactic. Although it is not known exactly why insects are attracted to light, it is believed that lights act as a navigational guide. Many insects guide themselves by keeping a natural light source such as the sun or moon at a constant angle, and get confused by any artificial light source.

Insects Guides
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.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
3D
American Cockroach
.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
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
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
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
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
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
3D
Black Garden Ant
.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
3D
Black Swallowtail
.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
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
3D
Boxelder Bug
.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
3D
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
.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
3D
Bullet Ant
.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
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
3D
Cat Flea
.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
3D
Colorado Potato Beetle
.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
3D
Common Potato Bug
.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
3D
Desert Locust
.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
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
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
3D
Drain Fly
.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
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
3D
Emerald Ash Borer
.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
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
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
3D
Firebug
.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
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
3D
Ghost Mantis
.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
3D
Giant Leopard Moth
.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
3D
Green June Beetle
.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
3D
Green Stink Bug
.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
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
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
3D
Hercules Beetle
.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
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
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
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
3D
Japanese Beetle
.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
3D
Little Black Ant
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
3D
Luna Moth
.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
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
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
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
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
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
3D
Painted Lady Butterfly
.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
3D
Peppered Moth
.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
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
3D
Polyphemus Moth
.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
3D
Red Admiral Butterfly
.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
3D
Red Paper Wasp
.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
3D
Red Velvet Ant
.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
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
3D
Sand Flea
.1”-.14” | 2.5-3.5 mm
.16”-.22” | 4-5.5 mm
.24”-.31” | 6-8 mm
1-2 years
Seven-Spot Ladybug
0.350
0.550
0.800
2.00
14015
3D
Seven-Spot Ladybug
.06”-.11” | 1.5-2.7 mm
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
.47”-.75” | 12-19 mm
2-8 years
Silverfish
0.270
0.500
1.900
8.00
525000
3D
Silverfish
.87”-1.26” | 22-32 mm
1.65”-2.32” | 42-59 mm
4.72”-6.57” | 12-16.7 cm
1.5-2.1 years
Titan Beetle
3.200
5.900
16.700
2.10
11200
3D
Titan Beetle
.04”-.08” | 1-2 mm
.04”-.08” | 1-2 mm
.07”-.16” | 1.7-4 mm
1-2 years
Varied Carpet Beetle
0.200
0.200
0.400
2.00
20900
3D
Varied Carpet Beetle
.14”-.22” | 3.5-5.5 mm
2.09”-3.39” | 53-86 mm (Wingspan)
.75”-1.26” | 19-32 mm
10-12 months
Viceroy Butterfly
0.550
8.600
3.200
1.00
12100
3D
Viceroy Butterfly
.13”-.17” | 3.3-4.3 mm
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
.59”-.79” | 15-20 mm
1 year
Western Conifer Seed Bug
0.430
0.700
2.000
1.00
19700
3D
Western Conifer Seed Bug
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm
.39”-.59” | 10-15 mm (Worker); .71”-.79” | 18-20 mm (Queen)
21-60 days (Worker); 1-2 years (Queen)
Western Honey Bee
0.500
0.500
1.500
0.16
46000
3D
Western Honey Bee
.24”-.35” | 6-9 mm
.35”-.49” | 9-12.5 mm
1.1”-1.5” | 28-38 mm
3-4 months
Wheel Bug
0.900
1.250
3.800
0.33
35800
3D
Wheel Bug
Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Ghost Mantis to other species of insects

The Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) is a small mantis species characterized by its leaf-like body. They are various shades of brown- from very dark brown to green-gray, and an individual’s colors can change between molts depending on light and humidity levels. The Ghost Mantis is camouflaged to appear as dead, dried-up leaf material. They have elongated heads, flattened, extended prothoraxes, and leaf-like protrusions from their limbs. When threatened, juveniles and adult females will play dead, and adult males will run or fly away. The species is distributed across the African continent, and they are found in dry areas, bushes, shrubs, and trees in the open.

The Ghost Mantis has an overall body length between 1.77”-2.36” (45-60 mm), body width of .26”-.39” (6.5-10 mm), and body height of .26”-.43” (6.5-11 mm). The typical lifespan of the Ghost Mantis is between 4-8 months.

Scaled collection of drawings of Ghost Mantis in various poses with dimensions
The Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) is a small mantis species characterized by its leaf-like body. They are various shades of brown- from very dark brown to green-gray, and an individual’s colors can change between molts depending on light and humidity levels. The Ghost Mantis is camouflaged.

The Ghost Mantis has an overall body length between 1.77”-2.36” (45-60 mm), body width of .26”-.39” (6.5-10 mm), and body height of .26”-.43” (6.5-11 mm). The typical lifespan of the Ghost Mantis is between 4-8 months.

Scaled collection of drawings of Ghost Mantis in various poses with dimensions
Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa)
Height:
.26”-.43” | 6.5-11 mm
Width:
.26”-.39” | 6.5-10 mm
Length:
1.77”-2.36” | 45-60 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Phyllocrania paradoxa
Lifespan
4-8 months

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Ghost Mantis top view, side

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Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus)
Comparison drawing of the Orchid Mantis compared to other insects

The Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is a mantis that occupies the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The species is known for its brilliant coloring and build that is adapted for camouflage and mimicking parts of the orchid flower. They can change their color between pink and brown according to the color of the background. Their four walking legs resemble flower petals, and the toothed front pair of legs is used for grasping prey. Orchid Mantises are carnivores and they mainly catch other insects like crickets, flies, beetles, and bees; in lab settings they prefer lepidopteran prey.

The Orchid Mantis has an overall body length between 1.18”-2.75” (3-7 cm), body width of .2”-.5” (5-12.5 mm), and body height of .12”-.28” (3-7 mm). The typical lifespan of the Orchid Mantis is between 5-9 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Orchid Mantis
The Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is a mantis that occupies the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The species is known for its brilliant coloring and build that is adapted for camouflage and mimicking parts of the orchid flower. They can change their color between pink and brown.

The Orchid Mantis has an overall body length between 1.18”-2.75” (3-7 cm), body width of .2”-.5” (5-12.5 mm), and body height of .12”-.28” (3-7 mm). The typical lifespan of the Orchid Mantis is between 5-9 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Orchid Mantis
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus)
Height:
.12”-.28” | 3-7 mm
Width:
.2”-.5” | 5-12.5 mm
Length:
1.18”-2.75” | 3-7 cm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Hymenopus coronatus
Lifespan
5-9 months

Drawings include:

Orchid Mantis top view, side

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Common Potato Bug (Armadillidium vulgare)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Common Potato Bug to other species of insects

A non-threatening appearance makes the Common Potato Bug (Armadillidium vulgare) a good choice as a pet. They belong to the family Armadillidiidae and native to drier coastal areas in Europe. They usually are oval-shaped with the dorsal plane moderately flattened and go by other names such as Common Pill Woodlouse, Roly-poly, Common Pill-bug, Carpenter, DoodleBug, and Slater. The name Pill-bug comes from the ability to roll into a ball when disturbed. Their feeding habits also change according to seasons, though are mainly scavengers. Pillbug resembles Sowbug, however, the former lacks tail-like appendages while the latter has two.

The Common Potato Bug has an overall body length between .35”-.71” (9-18 mm), body width of .16”-.33” (4-8.5 mm), and body height of .12”-.26” (3-6.5 mm). The typical lifespan of the Common Potato Bug is between 2-4 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Common Potato Bug in various poses with dimensions
A non-threatening appearance makes the Common Potato Bug (Armadillidium vulgare) a good choice as a pet. They belong to the family Armadillidiidae and native to drier coastal areas in Europe. They usually are oval-shaped with the dorsal plane moderately flattened.

The Common Potato Bug has an overall body length between .35”-.71” (9-18 mm), body width of .16”-.33” (4-8.5 mm), and body height of .12”-.26” (3-6.5 mm). The typical lifespan of the Common Potato Bug is between 2-4 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Common Potato Bug in various poses with dimensions
Common Potato Bug (Armadillidium vulgare)
Height:
.12”-.26” | 3-6.5 mm
Width:
.16”-.33” | 4-8.5 mm
Length:
.35”-.71” | 9-18 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Armadillidium vulgare
Lifespan
2-4 years

Drawings include:

Common Potato Bug top view, side

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Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina)
Scale illustration of an average Red Paper Wasp compared to other insect species

The Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina) is a social wasp species in the Vespidae family. They are native to the United States, and they have also been found in Bermuda and Canada, where they are considered non-native. The common name is in reference to the wasps’ red-brown color of the head and body. Other physical traits are their long black wings and the brown stripes on the abdomen. The Red Paper Wasp constructs nests with plant and wood fibers to create a paper-like material, and when dried, the nests are in the form of an upside-down umbrella.

The Red Paper Wasp has an overall body length between .94”-1.26” (24-32 mm), body width of .24”-.33” (6-8.5 mm), and body height of .24”-.33” (6-8.5 mm). The wingspan of the Red Paper Wasp is in the range of .59”-.98” (15-25 mm). The typical lifespan of the Red Paper Wasp is between 12-22 days for workers and around 1 year for the Queen.

Series of measured illustrations of the Red Paper Wasp
The Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina) is a social wasp species in the Vespidae family. They are native to the United States, and they have also been found in Bermuda and Canada, where they are considered non-native. The common name is in reference to the wasps’ red-brown color of the head and body.

The Red Paper Wasp has an overall body length between .94”-1.26” (24-32 mm), body width of .24”-.33” (6-8.5 mm), and body height of .24”-.33” (6-8.5 mm). The wingspan of the Red Paper Wasp is in the range of .59”-.98” (15-25 mm). The typical lifespan of the Red Paper Wasp is between 12-22 days for workers and around 1 year for the Queen.

Series of measured illustrations of the Red Paper Wasp
Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina)
Height:
.24”-.33” | 6-8.5 mm
Width:
.24”-.33” | 6-8.5 mm
Length:
.94”-1.26” | 24-32 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Wingspan: .59”-.98” | 15-25 mm

Scientific Name
Polistes carolina
Lifespan
12-22 days (Worker); 1 year (Queen)

Drawings include:

Red Paper Wasp top view, side

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Housefly (Musca domestica)
Comparison illustration of the size of a Housefly to other species of insects

The Housefly (Musca domestica) is a common fly species found in houses. They are the most widely distributed insect in the world, and they are present in the Arctic, the tropics, and all populated parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. Houseflies are considered a nuisance, as they cause disruptions at leisure and at work, and for their habits of contaminating food. Physically the adult Housefly is gray to black with four dark longitudinal lines on the thorax. They have slightly hairy bodies, a single pair of membranous wings, and red eyes; females’ eyes are set farther apart and slightly larger.

The Housefly has an overall body length between .16”-.31” (4-8 mm), body width of .05”-.1” (1.3-2.5 mm), and body height of .06”-.11” (1.4-2.9 mm). The wingspan of the Housefly is in the range of .51”-.59” (13-15 mm). The typical lifespan of the Housefly is between 15-30 days.

Scaled collection of drawings of Housefly in various poses with dimensions
The Housefly (Musca domestica) is a common fly species found in houses. They are the most widely distributed insect in the world, and they are present in the Arctic, the tropics, and all populated parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. Houseflies are considered a nuisance.

The Housefly has an overall body length between .16”-.31” (4-8 mm), body width of .05”-.1” (1.3-2.5 mm), and body height of .06”-.11” (1.4-2.9 mm). The wingspan of the Housefly is in the range of .51”-.59” (13-15 mm). The typical lifespan of the Housefly is between 15-30 days.

Scaled collection of drawings of Housefly in various poses with dimensions
Housefly (Musca domestica)
Height:
.06”-.11” | 1.4-2.9 mm
Width:
.05”-.1” | 1.3-2.5 mm
Length:
.16”-.31” | 4-8 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Wingspan: .51”-.59” | 13-15 mm

Scientific Name
Musca domestica
Lifespan
15-30 days

Drawings include:

Housefly top view, side

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