Entophiles – Insect Pictures & Bio

Select one of the insect groupings below known as “Orders”. Orders are the categorizations of insects that comprise Class Insecta. The Entophiles index currently contains over 150 photographs of insects from exotic locations such as Brazil, Ecuador, Hawaii, and Indonesia. Please enjoy bios and pictures of some of the most fascinating and beautiful insects in the world.

Ants, Bees & Wasps
Ants, Bees, & Wasps - Hymenoptera Pictures & Bio

Hymenoptera membranous wing; Hymen = membrane, ptera = wings. Winged forms of ants, bees and wasps possess 2 pair of membranous wings.

Beetles - Coleoptera Pictures & Bio

Coleoptera means sheath wings; coleo - sheath, ptera = wings. Beetles front pair of wings are modified to hardened casings, known as elytra, to protect the hind wings and body below.

Butterflies & Moths
Butterflies & Moths - Lepidoptera Pictures & Bio

Lepidoptera means scale wings; lepido = scale, ptera = wings. Wings of butterflies and moths are often covered with a colorful mosaic of minute scales.

Cicadas, Hoppers & Aphids
Cicadas, Hoppers & Aphids

Homoptera means uniform wings; homo = alike, ptera = wings. The front wings of these insects have a uniform textured appearance in contrast to their

Cockroaches - Blattaria Pictures & Bio

American and German cockroaches are common in the more populated areas of the United States. While the American cockroach, or Periplaneta americana L., is bigger and more recognizable, residents more often find German cockroach home infestations. Despite its name, the American variety most likely made its way here on ships from Africa, but has also become a prominent pest in many nations around the world. The German cockroach, or Blattella germanica L., has origins in Southern Asia and can infest almost any human living space worldwide. Both species rely on warmth and moisture to stay alive, with winter temperatures serving as their primary nemesis. Appearance What do cockroaches look like? In general, both American and German species are oval shaped with flat bodies equipped with long antennae and wings; however, the pests are rarely seen in flight. The adult German cockroach can grow to 1/2-5/8 of an inch long, is light brown in color, and has two parallel black stripes on the back of its neck shield (pronotum). Males tend to have skinnier bodies with more defined abdominal and terminal segments, while females boast thicker frames, rounder abdomens, and an extra set of wings. During developmental or nymph stages, German varieties appear darker brown or even black in color. The reddish-brown American cockroach is similar to its German relative in shape and general features. However, American specimens grow to one to two inches in length and have yellowish or brown rings around their backs. Male American cockroaches possess longer wings than females. Habits German cockroaches thrive in warm and moist climates and typically find shelter in darker areas of households where there is less foot traffic. Kitchens, bathrooms, or basements prove popular habitats for German varieties, which generally live in grouped next to eachother. A less-likely home intruder, the American cockroach may venture into other areas of the house providing convenient water sources. Cockroaches spend most of their time hiding in small crevices near potential feeding sites such as unsealed garbage cans or unsanitary eating areas. The pests usually explore at night, leaving fecal and salivary excretions that cause foul odors. Diet Cockroaches are especially drawn to rotting food. However, American cockroaches eat virtually any natural material from bark to meat, or even its own kind. German varieties are attracted to sweet and greasy human foods, but also consume a wide array of matter from dead animals to bar soap. Reproduction Female cockroaches give off chemicals (pheromones) to attract males during mating. A cockroach may immediately fertilize her eggs or can also store sperm and utilize it for incremental fertilization. American varieties attach egg cases to a surface in a warm and humid environment, near a food source if possible. German cockroach egg cases remain fastened to the female until the eggs begin to hatch. Once eggs hatch, nymphs do not require any care from females to progress through subsequent stages of growth. A continuously breeding German specimen can produce tens of thousands of offspring during its short 20- to 25-week adult lifetime. Source: http://www.walthamservices.com/pest-control/cockroaches/

Dragonflies & Damselflies
Dragonflies & Damselflies - Odonata Pictures & Bio

Odonata means tooth. Apart from jet propulsion, the aquatic nymph often possess an extendable jaw capable of catching prey some distance away from the rest of the head.

Flies - Diptera Pictures & Bio

Diptera means two wings; di = two, ptera = wings. Flies do very well with their single pair of fore wings. The hind pair are often reduced to a couple of knob-like balance organs.

Grasshoppers & Crickets
Grasshoppers & Crickets - Orthoptera Pictures & Bio

Orthoptera means straight wings; ortho = straight, ptera = wings. These insects often have a pair of elongated and thickened forewings and a membranous hind pair.

Lacewings & Antlions
Lacewings & Antlions - Neuroptera Pictures & Bio

Neuroptera means nerve wings; neuro = nerve, ptera = wings. Wings of these insects are constructed with an elaborate network of supporting veins.

Mantids - Mantodea Pictures & Bio

Mantodea means soothsayer; a person claiming to be able to predict the future. These insects have highly modified front legs often held in a position suggestive of prayer.

Mayflies - Ephemeroptera Pictures & Bio

Ephemeroptera means short-lived wings; emphemera = one day, ptera = wings. After a year or more as an aquatic nymph, adults emerge in swarming nuptial flights and live for only a day or so.

Not True Insects
Not True Insects - Arthropod - Spiders & Centipedes

Arthropod means segmented feet; arthro = joint, poda = foot. Including insects, this huge group contain animals often mistaken for insects such as spiders and centipedes.


All termites species live in social colonies meaning that they have a queen and a hierarchy with each type of termite, or caste. Each caste is responsible for specific work such as tending young, defending the colony, or reproducing.

True Bugs
True Bugs - Hemiptera Pictures & Bio

Hemiptera means half wings; hemi = half, ptera = wings. The front wings of these insects are divided between a thickened basal region and a membranous tip.

Walking Sticks
Walking Sticks - Phasmida Pictures & Bio

Stick insects are usually extremely elongated and twig-like in appearance. Sometimes this camouflage is taken a step further with the addition of leaf-like structures.