Bug of the Week

Week 16        LAST Bug of the Week!
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?
                                       3.  Which of the four really big orders is this insect most closely related to?

  James K. Adams, 1987

Week 15  -- Thanksgiving week; no bug, sorry!

Week 14
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?        Hemiptera
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?      Fulgoridae
                                       3.  What kind of defensive display do you think this insect exhibits?    Flashing of eyespots

Week 13
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?          Coleoptera
                                       2.  What suborder is this insect in?    Polyphaga
                                       3.  What family is this insect in?         Lycidae

  James K. Adams, 2008

Week 12
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?         Lepidoptera
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?       Noctuidae
                                       3.  What season of the year does this particular insect fly?   Fall

                 John Young

Week 11
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?         Trichoptera
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?        Leptoceridae
                                       3.  Is the larva terrestrial or aquatic?  Aquatic

  Hugh McGuinness, 2012

Week 10
            Three questions:  1. What order is this insect in?  (Hint:  note first couple of abdominal segments) Lepidoptera
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?    Papilionidae
                                       3.  What is the name for the orange things sticking out of the head of this insect?
                                                          (they are NOT antennae)    Osmeteria

  Cindy Taylor, 2004

Week 9
            Two questions:  1.  What order do these insects belong to?     Hymenoptera
                                     2.  What SUBorder do these insects belong to?     Symphyta

 David DesRochers, 2012

Week 8
            Three questions:  1.  What family are these insects in?    Scarabaeidae
                                      2.  What TRIBE are these insects in?   Canthonini
                                      3.  What is the gender of these insects?    Female

  James K. Adams, 2012

Week 7
            Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?    Megaloptera
                                       2.  What family is this insect in?   Corydalidae
                                       3.  What is the name given to the larva of this insect, and is it aquatic or terrestrial?  
                                                                                helgrammite, aquatic
 
  James K. Adams, 1986 

Week 6
        Three questions:  1. What order is this insect in?       Hemiptera
                                   2.  What family is this insect in?     Coreidae
                                   3.  Is it predatory?                        No
 
  James K. Adams, 1985

Week 5
        Three questions: 1.  What Suborder is this insect in?  Caelifera
                                  2.  What family is this insect in?        Acrididae
                                  3.  Why would this insect be displaying its brightly colored hindwings?  In other words,
                                                    what is this insect trying to say?   Don't eat me (certainly not trying to mate with the human!)
  James K. Adams, 1991

Week 4
        Three questions:  1.  What Order is this insect in?    Neuroptera
                                  2.  What family is this insect in?     Mantispidae
                                  3.  What do the immatures of this insect typically eat?    Spider egg masses
                                                                                     (also Hymenoptera brood)

  Betsy Betros, 2009

Week 3
       Three questions:  1. What Order are these insects in?    Coleoptera
                                   2.  What family are these insects in?  Erotylidae
                                   3.  Does it make sense that they are found on a mushroom, and if so, why? 
                                                Yes, Pleasing Fungus Beetles


  James K. Adams, 2013

 Week 2    
      Two questions:  1.  Is this an insect or a non-insect hexapod?    Non-insect hexapod
                               2.  What order is this creature in?       Protura

Week 1
     Three questions:  1.  Is this an insect or a non-insect hexapod?     Insect
                               2.  Is this a member of the Paleoptera or Neoptera?      Paleoptera
                               3.  What Order is this insect in?        Odonata

  James K. Adams, 1987