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
Browse through our curated Insects Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Insects. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.
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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
GUIDE
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
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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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”-.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
.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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Wheel Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)
Comparison drawing of the Western Conifer Seed Bug compared to other insects

The Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) is a true bug species native to North America, but recently it has expanded to eastern North America to include Nova Scotia, Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. It is found in Europe as an accidental introduced species. The Western Conifer Seed Bug is similar in appearance to the wheel bug and other assassin bugs. It has an expanded hindleg tibiae and alternating light and dark bands that run along the outer wing edges of the abdomen. Its primary defense mechanism is to spray a bitter and offending smell.

The Western Conifer Seed Bug has an overall body length between .59”-.79” (15-20 mm), body width of .2”-.28” (5-7 mm), and body height of .13”-.17” (3.3-4.3 mm). The typical lifespan of the Western Conifer Seed Bug is 1 year.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Western Conifer Seed Bug
The Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) is a true bug species native to North America, but recently it has expanded to eastern North America to include Nova Scotia, Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. It is found in Europe as an accidental introduced species.

The Western Conifer Seed Bug has an overall body length between .59”-.79” (15-20 mm), body width of .2”-.28” (5-7 mm), and body height of .13”-.17” (3.3-4.3 mm). The typical lifespan of the Western Conifer Seed Bug is 1 year.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)
Height:
.13”-.17” | 3.3-4.3 mm
Width:
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
Length:
.59”-.79” | 15-20 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Leptoglossus occidentalis
Lifespan
1 year

Drawings include:

Western Conifer Seed Bug top view, side

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Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
Comparison drawing of the Colorado Potato Beetle compared to other insects

The Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is a major pest of potato crops. The beetle is native to North America, and it is in every state and province with the exception of Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. It is also widely distributed across Europe and Asia. Physically they are orange-yellow with ten characteristic black stripes on their elytra. The larvae are orange-pink with 9-segmented abdomen and a black head. In reference to their name, the Colorado Potato Beetle feeds primarily on potatoes, and they also attack other plants in the night shade family like eggplants and tomatoes.

The Colorado Potato Beetle has an overall body length between .24”-.47” (6-12 mm), body width of .14”-.28” (3.5-7 mm), and body height of .11”-.21” (2.7-5.3 mm). The typical lifespan of the Colorado Potato Beetle is between 2-12 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Colorado Potato Beetle
The Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is a major pest of potato crops. The beetle is native to North America, and it is in every state and province with the exception of Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. It is also widely distributed across Europe and Asia.

The Colorado Potato Beetle has an overall body length between .24”-.47” (6-12 mm), body width of .14”-.28” (3.5-7 mm), and body height of .11”-.21” (2.7-5.3 mm). The typical lifespan of the Colorado Potato Beetle is between 2-12 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Colorado Potato Beetle
Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
Height:
.11”-.21” | 2.7-5.3 mm
Width:
.14”-.28” | 3.5-7 mm
Length:
.24”-.47” | 6-12 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Lifespan
2-12 months

Drawings include:

Colorado Potato Beetle top view, side

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Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Scale illustration of an average Pipevine Swallowtail compared to other insect species

The Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) is a swallowtail butterfly distributed throughout the forests of North America and Central America. Their name references their preferred environments, where pipevine can grow in abundance. Physically, the adult male Pipevine Swallowtail is black with vibrant blue iridescence on the hind wings; the adult females’ iridescence is duller in appearance. There are bright orange spots on the back end of the ventral wings. The species is known to sequester acids from the plants they feed on in order to defend themselves from predators by being poisonous when consumed.

The Pipevine Swallowtail has a total wingspan in the range of 2.75”-5.12” (70-130 mm. The body of the Pipevine Swallowtail has an overall length between .94”-1.77” (24-45 mm), body width of .16”-.3” (4-7.5 mm), and body height of .18”-.35” (4.5-9 mm). The typical lifespan of the Pipevine Swallowtail is between 30-45 days.

Series of measured illustrations of the Pipevine Swallowtail
The Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) is a swallowtail butterfly distributed throughout the forests of North America and Central America. Their name references their preferred environments, where pipevine can grow in abundance. The species is known to sequester acids from plants.

The Pipevine Swallowtail has a total wingspan in the range of 2.75”-5.12” (70-130 mm. The body of the Pipevine Swallowtail has an overall length between .94”-1.77” (24-45 mm), body width of .16”-.3” (4-7.5 mm), and body height of .18”-.35” (4.5-9 mm). The typical lifespan of the Pipevine Swallowtail is between 30-45 days.

Series of measured illustrations of the Pipevine Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Height:
.18”-.35” | 4.5-9 mm
Width:
2.75”-5.12” | 70-130 mm (Wingspan)
Length:
.94”-1.77” | 24-45 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Body Width: .16”-.3” | 4-7.5 mm

Scientific Name
Battus philenor
Lifespan
30-45 days

Drawings include:

Pipevine Swallowtail top view, side

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Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
Scale illustration of an average Cat Flea compared to other insect species

The Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is a common parasitic insect those principal host is the domestic cat. A high proportion of the fleas are also found on dogs. Adults of both sexes of the Cat Flea are red-brown, but the gravid females appear banded in cream and dark brown when they swell with eggs. The species is compressed laterally which allow it to slip between the dense hairs of its host just above the top layer of the skin. They cause little harm unless the host is allergic to substances in the flea’s saliva, and the species may be responsible for disease transmission through humans.

The Cat Flea has an overall body length between .08”-.12” (2-3 mm), body width of .02”-.04” (.6-1 mm), and body height of .02”-.04” (.6-1 mm). The typical lifespan of the Cat Flea is between 4-25 days.

Series of measured illustrations of the Cat Flea
The Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is a common parasitic insect those principal host is the domestic cat. A high proportion of the fleas are also found on dogs. Adults of both sexes of the Cat Flea are red-brown, but the gravid females appear banded in cream and dark brown when they have eggs.

The Cat Flea has an overall body length between .08”-.12” (2-3 mm), body width of .02”-.04” (.6-1 mm), and body height of .02”-.04” (.6-1 mm). The typical lifespan of the Cat Flea is between 4-25 days.

Series of measured illustrations of the Cat Flea
Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
Height:
.02”-.04” | .6-1 mm
Width:
.02”-.04” | .6-1 mm
Length:
.08”-.12” | 2-3 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Ctenocephalides felis
Lifespan
4-25 days

Drawings include:

Cat Flea top view, side

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Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
Comparison drawing of the Red Admiral Butterfly compared to other insects

The Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) is a butterfly that is widely distributed across the temperate regions of North Africa, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. After residing in warmer regions, the species migrates north in the spring and sometimes again in the fall. They are also known to hibernate. The Red Admiral Butterfly is characterized by its black wings, red bands, and white spots. The underside of the wings are partly variegated with blue. There are summer and winter morphs, and summer Red Admirals are larger and more pigmented than the winter morphs.

The Red Admiral Butterfly has a total wingspan in the range of 1.97”-2.36” (50-60 mm). The body of the Red Admiral Butterfly has an overall length between .75”-.94” (19-24 mm), body width of .18”-.22” (4.5-5.5 mm), and body height of .2”-.24” (5-6 mm). The typical lifespan of the Red Admiral Butterfly is between 8-10 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Red Admiral Butterfly
The Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) is a butterfly that is widely distributed across the temperate regions of North Africa, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. After residing in warmer regions, the species migrates north in the spring and sometimes again in the fall.

The Red Admiral Butterfly has a total wingspan in the range of 1.97”-2.36” (50-60 mm). The body of the Red Admiral Butterfly has an overall length between .75”-.94” (19-24 mm), body width of .18”-.22” (4.5-5.5 mm), and body height of .2”-.24” (5-6 mm). The typical lifespan of the Red Admiral Butterfly is between 8-10 months.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Red Admiral Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
Height:
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm
Width:
1.97”-2.36” | 50-60 mm (Wingspan)
Length:
.75”-.94” | 19-24 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Body Width: .18”-.22” | 4.5-5.5 mm

Scientific Name
Vanessa atalanta
Lifespan
8-10 months

Drawings include:

Red Admiral Butterfly top view, side

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