Ocean City Insects and Entomology

Welcome to the Ocean City Insects and Entomology (the study of insects) page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Insects we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Insects?
Insects are six-legged invertebrates with powerful sense organs. They have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Read the Wikipedia definition of Insects… Click Here!

Digging a little deeper into Scientific Classifications or Taxonomy of Insects:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Clade: Pancrustacea
Subphylum: Hexapoda
(unranked): Ectognatha
Class: Insecta
Subclasses:
Apterygota (primitive wingless insects)
Pterygota (winged and secondarily wingless insects)
– > Pterygota is divided in two divisions:
– – >Exopterygota (insects with a simple metamorphosis, without pupal stage)
– – >Endopterygota (with a complete metamorphosis, including a pupal stage)

How Many Species Of Insects Are There?
The most numerous animals on Earth, insects account for approximately 75 percent of the animal kingdom. Over 800,000 species have been identified, and there may be up to 10 million.

In Maryland there are thousands of species, the Maryland Manual Online’s Wildlife Insects page identifies many, but hardly all of our local species.

How many Ocean City Insects are there? No one has an answer, this project will help us to identify some, though probably not all.

Ocean City Insects

The Orders of Insects identified to date in the Ocean City MD area are:

Argus Tortoise Beetle (Endopterygota Coleoptera Chelymorpha cassidea) | Ocean City Beetles Hoverfly | Ocean City Insects Bumblebee | Insects | Ocean City Animals and Fauna
Coleoptera
(Beetles)
Diptera
(Flies)
Hymenoptera
(Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
Red Admiral Butterfly | Ocean City MD Butterflies Halloween Pennant | Ocean City Odonata Grasshopper | Ocean City Insects
Lepidoptera
Butterflies | Moths
Odonata
Dragonflies | Damselflies
Orthoptera
(Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)

An example of one of the most recognizable insects is the bumblebee…

Subclass: Endopterygota > Order: Hymenoptera > Family: Apidae > Subfamily: Apinae > Tribe: Bombini > Genus: Bombus

Bumblebee
– Photographer: Robert J Banach
– Date: Sept. 27, 2014
– Location: Gorman Park, Ocean City, MD USA

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Learn More About Insects

Wikipedia | Insect ID | Insects.org | National Geographic | BugGuide | BioKids

 

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