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How are insects classified?

Insects are members of the Class Insecta. Butterflies and other bugs in that class are further divided by Order. The following are examples of insects and the order they belong to:

Orders of insects

Order Insect
Blattaria Cockroaches
Coleoptera Beetles, lightening bugs, borers, weevils
Collembola Springtails
Dermaptera Earwigs
Diptera Flies, gnats, mosquitoes, lovebugs
Ephemeroptera Mayflies
Hemiptera True bug
Homoptera Cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, psyllids, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, scale insects
Hymenoptera Wasps, sawflies, bees, hornets, ants
Isoptera Termites
Lepidoptera Butterflies, skippers, moths
Mantodea Praying mantids
Mecoptera Scorpionflies
Neuroptera Dobsonfilies, fishflies, mantidflies, lacewings, antlions
Odonata Dragonflies, damselflies
Orthoptera Grasshoppers, crickets, katydids
Phasmida Walkingsticks
Phthiraptera Lice
Plecoptera Stoneflies
Psocoptera Psocids, Booklice, Barklice
Siphonaptera Fleas
Thysanoptera Thrips
Thysanura Silverfish, firebrats, bristletails
Trichoptera Caddisflies

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