Insects | Insecta

Insects | Insecta

Description
Description

Insects, belonging to the class Insecta, are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth, with over a million described species. Characterized by a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax, abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and one pair of antennae, they inhabit nearly every ecosystem from the deepest soil layers to the skies above. Insects evolved around 479 million years ago in the Early Devonian period and have since adapted to virtually all environments. They play crucial roles in pollination, decomposition, and as a food source within food webs, significantly impacting the ecological balance and biodiversity.

Anatomy
Anatomy

Insects boast a fascinating anatomy tailored for survival. Their bodies are divided into three main parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen. The head houses complex compound eyes for keen vision and antennae for sensing their environment. Mouthparts vary widely, adapted for biting, sipping nectar, or piercing. The thorax anchors three pairs of legs and often two pairs of wings, enabling remarkable movement capabilities, from delicate flight to impressive jumps. While insects don't "speak," they communicate through sounds, like crickets chirping, and chemical signals. Their senses are highly attuned to their environments, making them adept at locating food, mates, and avoiding predators.

Human Interaction
Human Interaction

Insects and humans share a dynamic and multifaceted relationship stretching back through history. These tiny creatures have been depicted in art and literature, often symbolizing change and resilience. In pop culture, they've inspired characters like Marvel's Ant-Man and movies like "A Bug's Life." Agriculturally, they play dual roles as both pollinators vital to crop production and as pests causing significant damage. Scientifically, insects offer valuable insights into genetics and ecology.

Conservation efforts are increasingly crucial as many species face threats from habitat loss and climate change. Protecting insect diversity is not just about preserving the natural world; it's fundamentally intertwined with human survival and well-being.

Common Questions
Common Questions
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.

.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
Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer)
Scale illustration of an average Sacred Scarab compared to other insect species

The Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer) is a dung beetle species, and it is the most famous of the scarab beetles. As an almost exclusively coastal species, their preferred habitat is in coastal dunes and marshes around the Mediterranean Basin. The Scared Scarab has an array of six projections that resemble rays; these are uniform with four more projections on each tibiae of the front legs, creating an arc of fourteen rays. These are adaptations are for digging and for shaping the ball of dung. Their diet consists of fruit, fungi, carrion, and insects.

The Sacred Scarab has an overall body length between .98”-1.5” (25-38 mm), body width of .59”-.94” (15-24 mm), and body height of .35”-.55” (9-14 mm). The typical lifespan of the Sacred Scarab is between 1-3 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Sacred Scarab
The Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer) is a dung beetle species, and it is the most famous of the scarab beetles. As an almost exclusively coastal species, their preferred habitat is in coastal dunes and marshes around the Mediterranean Basin. The Scared Scarab has an array of six projections.

The Sacred Scarab has an overall body length between .98”-1.5” (25-38 mm), body width of .59”-.94” (15-24 mm), and body height of .35”-.55” (9-14 mm). The typical lifespan of the Sacred Scarab is between 1-3 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Sacred Scarab
Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer)
Height:
.35”-.55” | 9-14 mm
Width:
.59”-.94” | 15-24 mm
Length:
.98”-1.5” | 25-38 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Scarabaeus sacer
Lifespan
1-3 years

Drawings include:

Sacred Scarab 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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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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Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)
Scale illustration of an average Hercules Beetle compared to other insect species

The Hercules Beetle (Dynastes Hercules) is a rhinoceros beetle species that occupies the rainforests of Central America, South America, and the Lesser Antilles. The species is named after Hercules for its tremendous strength. Only males have the characteristic horn. Their bodies are black except the elytra with is an iridescent olive-green.  They have a black suture with sparsely distributed black spots, and colors may be varied depending on the humidity of the local environment in which they develop. The Hercules Beetle larvae primarily feeds on rotting wood, and the adult eats fresh and rotting fruit.

The Hercules Beetle has an overall body length between 2.36”-7.09” (6-18 cm), body width of .67”-2.09” (17-53 mm), and body height of .47”-1.42” (12-36 mm). The typical lifespan of the Hercules Beetle is between 1.5-3 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Hercules Beetle
The Hercules Beetle (Dynastes Hercules) is a rhinoceros beetle species that occupies the rainforests of Central America, South America, and the Lesser Antilles. The species is named after Hercules for its tremendous strength. Only males have the characteristic horn.

The Hercules Beetle has an overall body length between 2.36”-7.09” (6-18 cm), body width of .67”-2.09” (17-53 mm), and body height of .47”-1.42” (12-36 mm). The typical lifespan of the Hercules Beetle is between 1.5-3 years.

Series of measured illustrations of the Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)
Height:
.47”-1.42” | 12-36 mm
Width:
.67”-2.09” | 17-53 mm
Length:
2.36”-7.09” | 6-18 cm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Dynastes hercules
Lifespan
1.5-3 years

Drawings include:

Hercules Beetle top view, side

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Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)
Comparison drawing of the Green June Beetle compared to other insects

The Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) is a beetle distributed through the eastern United States and Canada, where it is the most abundant in the South. The species is active during daylight hours. It is characterized by its long, dull, metallic green wings. Its sides are gold, and the head, legs, and underside are a bright shiny green. The margins of the elytra vary from light brown to orange yellow. The Green June Beetle eats a variety of fruits like berries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, and figs, and it is attracted to rotting fruit.

The Green June Beetle has an overall body length between .59”-1.06” (15-27 mm), body width of .33”-.59” (8.5-15 mm), and body height of .22”-.39” (5.5-10 mm). The typical lifespan of the Green June Beetle is 1 year.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Green June Beetle
The Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) is a beetle distributed through the eastern United States and Canada, where it is the most abundant in the South. The species is active during daylight hours. It is characterized by its long, dull, metallic green wings. Its sides are gold.

The Green June Beetle has an overall body length between .59”-1.06” (15-27 mm), body width of .33”-.59” (8.5-15 mm), and body height of .22”-.39” (5.5-10 mm). The typical lifespan of the Green June Beetle is 1 year.

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Green June Beetle
Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)
Height:
.22”-.39” | 5.5-10 mm
Width:
.33”-.59” | 8.5-15 mm
Length:
.59”-1.06” | 15-27 mm
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Scientific Name
Cotinis nitida
Lifespan
1 year

Drawings include:

Green June Beetle top view, side

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