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:
– 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:
(Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
Butterflies | Moths
Dragonflies | Damselflies
(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
– Photographer: Robert J Banach
– Date: Sept. 27, 2014
– Location: Gorman Park, Ocean City, MD USA
Learn More About Insects
|Wikipedia | Insect ID | Insects.org | National Geographic | BugGuide | BioKids|
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