"The mature beetle in life rivals asparagi in beauty, but may be distinguished by its much broader elytra and its color. The ground color is orange red; each elytron is marked with six black dots, and the knees and a portion of the under surface of the thorax are also marked with black. The beetle, as it occurs on the plant when in fruit, very closely resembles at a little distance the ripening asparagus berry."—Government Printing Office, 1897

Crioceris 12-Punctata

"The mature beetle in life rivals asparagi in beauty, but may be distinguished by its much broader elytra…

"The belly; that part of the body of a mammal which lies between the thorax and the pelvis; In <em>entomology</em>, the hind body, the posterior one of the three parts of a perfect insect, united with the thorax by a slender connecting portion, and containing the greater part of the digesting apparatus."-Wright, 1902

Abdomen

"The belly; that part of the body of a mammal which lies between the thorax and the pelvis; In entomology,…

"Agonoderus dorsalis (Le Conte). Vertical line shows natural size."-Whitney, 1902

Agonoderus

"Agonoderus dorsalis (Le Conte). Vertical line shows natural size."-Whitney, 1902

The Alderfly (Sialis infumata) is an insect in the Megaloptera order of alderflies, dobsonflies, and fishflies.

Alderfly

The Alderfly (Sialis infumata) is an insect in the Megaloptera order of alderflies, dobsonflies, and…

"Nest of the Carpenter Ant." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Ant Nest

"Nest of the Carpenter Ant." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

The soldier of Eciton drepanophorum, a species of army ant in the Formicidae family of ants.

Army Ant

The soldier of Eciton drepanophorum, a species of army ant in the Formicidae family of ants.

A type of ant that uses leaves to build its homes.

Umbrella Ant

A type of ant that uses leaves to build its homes.

"These animals, often called <em>White Ants</em>, live in vast communities, principally in the hotter regions of the earth, where they do incredible damage by devouring almost every thing that comes in their way." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

White Ants

"These animals, often called White Ants, live in vast communities, principally in the hotter…

Various forms of insect Antennae.

Antennae

Various forms of insect Antennae.

An assortment of the variety of antannae found on insects.

Various Antennae

An assortment of the variety of antannae found on insects.

"Ant-lion larva." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Antlion

"Ant-lion larva." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

"Ant-lion perfect insect." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Antlion

"Ant-lion perfect insect." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

"In some species the larvae, which are small, sluggish, oval-shaped creatures, and furnished with a formidable pair of jaws, excavate conical pits in the sandy places which they inhabit, at the bottom of which they conceal themselves entirely, with the exception of the head and jaws." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Antlion and Larva

"In some species the larvae, which are small, sluggish, oval-shaped creatures, and furnished with a…

"This tribe, which includes the various kinds of Ants, is composed entirely of insects which live in communities, consisting of three distinct types of individuals, males, females, and neuters." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Ants and Their Structures

"This tribe, which includes the various kinds of Ants, is composed entirely of insects which live in…

"Apanteles aleti&aelig;, much enlarged. ITs species infest various lepidpterous larv&aelig;, and form egg-like cocoons, either singly or in masses, attached to the bodies of their victims."-Whitney, 1902

Apanteles aletiæ

"Apanteles aletiæ, much enlarged. ITs species infest various lepidpterous larvæ, and form…

"Aphelinus mytilaspidis. (Cross shows natural size)."-Whitney, 1902

Aphelinus

"Aphelinus mytilaspidis. (Cross shows natural size)."-Whitney, 1902

The female woolly aphid larva (Schizoneura lanigera), a species of plant lice of the Eriostoma family.

Woolly Aphid Larva

The female woolly aphid larva (Schizoneura lanigera), a species of plant lice of the Eriostoma family.

"Corn Aphis: a, natural size." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Corn Aphis

"Corn Aphis: a, natural size." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

"Apiomerus crassipes, a species widely distributed in the United States."-Whitney, 1902

Apiomerus

"Apiomerus crassipes, a species widely distributed in the United States."-Whitney, 1902

The worm of the codling moth eating and burrowing through an apple.

Worm in Apple

The worm of the codling moth eating and burrowing through an apple.

Scene showing various animals of the Division <em>Articulata</em>.

Articulata

Scene showing various animals of the Division Articulata.

Ectrichodia cruciata is a species of assassin bugs in the Hemiptera order of true bugs.

Assassin Bug

Ectrichodia cruciata is a species of assassin bugs in the Hemiptera order of true bugs.

Bean aphis have membranous and naked wings with few supporting nervures. Some species are wingless.

Bean Aphis

Bean aphis have membranous and naked wings with few supporting nervures. Some species are wingless.

Bedbug.

Bedbug

Bedbug.

Bedbug.

Bedbug

Bedbug.

An illustration of a bee.

Bee

An illustration of a bee.

"Bee, the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which the most important is the common hive or honey bee." -Vaughan, 1906

Bee Pollinating a Flower

"Bee, the common name given to a large family of hymenopterous or membranous-winged insects, of which…

"A, B, C, tunnelings of the carpenter bee; E, the carpenter bee; D, a partition; F, teeth, magnified" &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Carpenter Bee

"A, B, C, tunnelings of the carpenter bee; E, the carpenter bee; D, a partition; F, teeth, magnified"…

"The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen. This dust attaches itself to the brush-like hairs covering the body of the bee, when, by rubbing itself with the brushes with which the tarsi are furnished, the insect collects it into little parcels, which it places on small palettes, hollowed out on the surface of its hund limbs." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Drone Bee

"The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen.…

"The eyes, which are among the most wonderful objects in nature, are almost always of the kind called <em>compound</em>, that is to say, they consist of a multitude of little hexagonal facets, brought close together on each side of the head, each furnished with a cornea, a lens, a coating of pigment, and a nervous filament, and being in fact a true eye." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Eyes of a Bee

"The eyes, which are among the most wonderful objects in nature, are almost always of the kind called…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here are the various legs of hive bees.

Legs of the Hive Bee

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

"They are said to have originated in Greece, but have since spread all over the world; they live in colonies composed of from ten to thirty thousand neuter or <em>Working Bees</em>, of from six to eight hundred males called <em>Drones</em>, and of a single female, which seems to reign as <em>Queen</em>." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Honey Bee

"They are said to have originated in Greece, but have since spread all over the world; they live in…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a male honey bee.

Honey Bee (Male)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a queen honey bee.

Honey Bee (Queen)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a worker honey bee.

Honey Bee (Worker)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. Pictured here are the various legs of the bees.

Legs of the Humble Bee

A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. Pictured here…

"The Mason Bee, <em>Osmia</em>, of which there are many kinds, makes its cells in spaces from which it finds in timber or walls of brick or stone." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Mason Bee

"The Mason Bee, Osmia, of which there are many kinds, makes its cells in spaces from which…

"The structure of the mouth in insects exhibits very remarkable modifications, and these are of the utmost importance in the classification of these creatures. In some insects the mouth is formed exclusively for biting; in others, as exclusively for suction; while in others again it is fitted for the performance of both these actions; and the form of its constituent parts of course undergoes corresponding changes; but the same organs really exist in all, modified in apearance, indeed, so as sometimes to be scarecely recognizable." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Mouth and Tongue of a Bee

"The structure of the mouth in insects exhibits very remarkable modifications, and these are of the…

"The queen bee is larger and longer than the other bees; she moves in a slow and majestic manner, and is always accompanied by a guard of twelve workers, an office taken in turn, and never intermitted." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Queen Bee

"The queen bee is larger and longer than the other bees; she moves in a slow and majestic manner, and…

Stingless bees, or simply meliponines, are a large group of bees, comprising the tribe Meliponini in the family Apidae, and closely-related to the common honey bees. Pictured here are the various legs of the bees.

Legs of the Stingless Bee

Stingless bees, or simply meliponines, are a large group of bees, comprising the tribe Meliponini in…

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen. This dust attaches itself to the brush-like hairs covering the body of the bee, when, by rubbing itself with the brushes with which the tarsi are furnished, the insect collects it into little parcels, which it places on small palettes, hollowed out on the surface of its hund limbs." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Working Bees

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen.…

A beehive doodad.

Beehive doodad

A beehive doodad.

"The secretion of wax, it would appear, goes on best when the bees are in a state of repose, and the wax-workers accordingly suspend themselves in the interioir of the hive in an extended cluster like a curtain, which is composed of a series of intertwined festoons or garlands crossing each other in all directions - the uppermost bee maintaining its position by laying hold of the roof by its fore-legs, and the suceeding one by laying hold of the hind-legs of the first, and so on." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Bees Secreting Wax

"The secretion of wax, it would appear, goes on best when the bees are in a state of repose, and the…

"The hexagonal cells for the honey are build upon precisely that mathematical angle which affords the greatest amount of strength with the least waste of material." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Cells of Honey Bees

"The hexagonal cells for the honey are build upon precisely that mathematical angle which affords the…

A beetle, <em>Harpalus caliginosus</em>, from the under side, with all the pieces named.

Beetle

A beetle, Harpalus caliginosus, from the under side, with all the pieces named.

Illustration of a small beetle known as Systena blanda.

Beetle

Illustration of a small beetle known as Systena blanda.

An illustration of a large black beetle.

Beetle

An illustration of a large black beetle.

An illustration of a beetle on a leaf and a butterfly.

Beetle & Butterfly

An illustration of a beetle on a leaf and a butterfly.

"A beetle on the flower of the twayblade." -Bergen, 1896

Beetle on Flower

"A beetle on the flower of the twayblade." -Bergen, 1896

A bark beetle is one of approximately 220 genera with 6,000 species of beetles in the subfamily Scolytinae. Traditionally this was considered a distinct family Scolytidae, but nowadays it is understood that bark beetles are in fact very specialized members of the "true weevil" family (Curculionidae).

Bark Beetle

A bark beetle is one of approximately 220 genera with 6,000 species of beetles in the subfamily Scolytinae.…

"The <em>Leptura Mordax</em>, or <em> Rhagium Mordax</em> of Europe, three-fourths of an inch long, bites severely when captured with the hand." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Blackspotted Pliers Support Beetle

"The Leptura Mordax, or Rhagium Mordax of Europe, three-fourths of an inch long,…

Epicauta pardalis is a species of blister beetle in the Meloidae family.

Blister Beetle

Epicauta pardalis is a species of blister beetle in the Meloidae family.

Epicauta maculata is a species of blister beetle in the Meloidae family.

Blister Beetle

Epicauta maculata is a species of blister beetle in the Meloidae family.

Beetles (Coleoptera) in the family Meloidae are commonly known as blister beetles, after their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin. There are approximately 2,500 known species worldwide. Many are conspicuous and some aposematically colored, announcing their toxicity to would-be predators.

Blister Beetle

Beetles (Coleoptera) in the family Meloidae are commonly known as blister beetles, after their defensive…

"The bombadier beetle has a large oval abdomen, which secretes a caustic fluid. They live in societies, and when they are attacked or alarmed, they discharge this fluid, which not only makes a loud report, but diffuses a disagreeable and penetrating odor: if the liquid strikes the human skin, it produces a blister." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Bombadier Beetle

"The bombadier beetle has a large oval abdomen, which secretes a caustic fluid. They live in societies,…

"The Burying Beetles are prompted by their insect to bury any small animals or pieces of carrion as a provision for their young. In many cases several of them set to work together, getting under the animal to be buried, and digging the earth out with their feet." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Burying Beetles

"The Burying Beetles are prompted by their insect to bury any small animals or pieces of carrion as…

Nicrophorus germanicus, a larger species of necrophaga.

Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus germanicus, a larger species of necrophaga.

"The insects of this tribe, called <em>Capricorn Beetles</em> and distributed throughout most parts of the world, are generally distinguished by the great length of their entennae, these being usually considerably longer than the body." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Capricorn Beetle

"The insects of this tribe, called Capricorn Beetles and distributed throughout most parts…

"One of the most beautiful of the European species of trachelia is the <em>Pyrochroa rubens</em>, which is found about hedge-banks." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Cardinal Beetle

"One of the most beautiful of the European species of trachelia is the Pyrochroa rubens, which…

A carpet beetle in its pupal stage.

Carpet Beetle

A carpet beetle in its pupal stage.