Finally, in the fall, I took Insect Ecology with Dr. David Holway. More insects, more cool and fascinating life histories, more insect collecting-- but this time it was all in digital. Here I present to you my findings from fall quarter-- all found around UCSD.
Common name: Grasshopper (top), Katydid (bottom)
How do I know if something I find is an orthoptera?
This order is often nocturnal and are known for their "singing" as a way to attract mates and establish territory. Other well-known members of this order are locusts and crickets.
|Order: Hemiptera |
Common name: Harlequin Bug
How do I know if something I find is a hemiptera?
This order has an exceptionally diverse number of individual species. Other well-known members of this order are also aphids, mealy bugs, cochineal, and cicadas.
|Order: Lepidoptera |
Common name: Moth
How do I know that something I find is a lepidoptera?
This order is comprised only of butterflies and moths, who are often either diurnal (butterflies) or nocturnal (moths).
|Order: Blattodea termitoidae |
Common name: Termite
How do I know that something I find is a blattodea?
The order was recently created as a combination of the previous isoptera and blattodea orders after researchers found that termites were very closely related to wood-eating cockroaches. Other well-known members of this order are cockroaches.
|Order: Phthriaptera |
Common name: Thrip
How do I know that something I find is a phthriptera?
Almost every flower contains thrips. Just gently shake a flower over a piece of paper to dislodge the thrips and watch carefully. :)
There are many, many, MANY more insects to be found around the UCSD campus and its natural reserves-- this is just a small sampling of some particularly common orders and individuals. Happy Hunting!