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Over a million species of insects have been described including 90,000-100,000 species known from North America.  It would be a daunting task to prepare a checklist of the insects that might be found at The Ranch.  We have opted, therefore, to provide a list of the various Orders of Insecta and included photos of some of the more common insects along with records of their observation at The Ranch.  

The relationship among the Orders of Insecta (from Insect Photo Album by John Haarstad, Tony Baumert, and Lenny Sheps)

Orders of Insecta

Anoplura - Sucking Lice

Coleoptera - Beetles


Collembola - Springtails

Dermaptera - Earwigs

Dictyoptera (Blattoidea) - Roaches

Diplura - Two-Pronged Bristletails

Diptera - True Flies

Embioptera - Web Spinners, Embiids

Ephemeroptera - Mayflies

Grylloblattodea - Rock Crawlers

Hemiptera - True Bugs

Heteroptera - Bugs 

Homoptera - Plant Hoppers, Cicadias, Leaf Hoppers, Aphids 

Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, & Wasps

Tarantula Hawk


Honey Bee

Isoptera - Termites

Lepidoptera - Butterflies & Moths

Mallophaga - Chewing Lice

Mantodea - Mantids

Mecoptera - Scorpionflies, Hangingflies

Megaloptera - Dobsonflies, Fishflies

Microcoryphia - Jumping Bristletails

Neuroptera - Lacewings, Antlions, Owlflies

Odonata - Dragonflies, Damselflies

Orthoptera - Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids

Phasmatodea - Walking Sticks

Phthiraptera - Lice

Plecoptera - Stoneflies

Protura - Minute Piercing Insects

Psocoptera - Book Lice, Bark Lice

Raphidioptera - Snakeflies

Siphonaptera - Fleas

Strepsiptera - Twisted Winged Insects

Thysanura - Silverfish
Thysanoptera - Thrips

Trichoptera - Caddisflies

Zoraptera - Wingless Insects

Barrbed Wire

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