Synonyms of 'insect: Types of insect'
apple maggotbody louse, cootie (U.S. & N.Z.), or (N.Z. slang) kutubollwormbooklouseany small insect of the order Psocoptera, esp Trogium pulsatorium (common booklouse), a wingless species that feeds on bookbinding paste, etc bookwormany of various small insects that feed on the binding paste of books, esp the book louse bristletailany primitive wingless insect of the orders Thysanura and Diplura, such as the silverfish and firebrat, having a flattened body and long tail appendages cabbagewormcaddis worm or casewormany of various insect larvae that build protective cases about their bodies cankerwormcochineal or cochineal insecta Mexican homopterous insect, Dactylopius coccus, that feeds on cacti cockroachany insect of the suborder Blattodea (or Blattaria), such as Blatta orientalis (oriental cockroach or black beetle): order Dictyoptera. They have an oval flattened body with long antennae and biting mouthparts and are common household pests cotton stainerany of various heteropterous insects of the genus Dysdercus: serious pests of cotton, piercing and staining the cotton bolls: family Pyrrhocoridae crab (louse)cricketany insect of the orthopterous family Gryllidae, having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings dust miteearwig or (Scot. dialect) clipshears or clipshearany of various insects of the order Dermaptera, esp Forficula auricularia (common European earwig), which typically have an elongated body with small leathery forewings, semicircular membranous hindwings, and curved forceps at the tip of the abdomen fleaany small wingless parasitic blood-sucking insect of the order Siphonaptera, living on the skin of mammals and birds and noted for its power of leaping German cockroach or (U.S.) Croton buga small cockroach, Blattella germanica: a common household pest grasshopperany orthopterous insect of the families Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) and Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers), typically terrestrial, feeding on plants, and producing a ticking sound by rubbing the hind legs against the leathery forewings katydidany typically green long-horned grasshopper of the genus Microcentrum and related genera, living among the foliage of trees in North America lac insectany of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac locustany of numerous orthopterous insects of the genera Locusta, Melanoplus, etc, such as L. migratoria, of warm and tropical regions of the Old World, which travel in vast swarms, stripping large areas of vegetation louse or (N.Z.) kutuany wingless bloodsucking insect of the order Anoplura: includes Pediculus capitis (head louse), Pediculus corporis (body louse), and the crab louse, all of which infest man mantis or praying mantisany carnivorous typically green insect of the family Mantidae, of warm and tropical regions, having a long body and large eyes and resting with the first pair of legs raised as if in prayer: order Dictyoptera measuring worm, looper, or inchwormmidgeany fragile mosquito-like dipterous insect of the family Chironomidae, occurring in dancing swarms, esp near water mole cricketany subterranean orthopterous insect of the family Gryllotalpidae, of Europe and North America, similar and related to crickets but having the first pair of legs specialized for digging mosquitoany dipterous insect of the family Culicidae: the females have a long proboscis adapted for piercing the skin of man and animals to suck their blood nitthe larva of a louse or similar insect phylloxeraany homopterous insect of the genus Phylloxera, such as P. vitifolia (or Viteus vitifolii) (vine phylloxera), typically feeding on plant juices, esp of vines: family Phylloxeridae scale insectany small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete a protective scale around themselves. Many species, such as the San Jose scale, are important pests seventeen-year locust or periodical cicadasheep ked or sheep ticksilkwormsilverfishany of various small primitive wingless insects of the genus Lepisma, esp L. saccharina, that have long antennae and tail appendages and occur in buildings, feeding on food scraps, bookbindings, etc: order Thysanura (bristletails) stick insect or (U.S. & Canad.) walking stickany of various mostly tropical insects of the family Phasmidae that have an elongated cylindrical body and long legs and resemble twigs: order Phasmida sucking louseany insect of the order Anoplura tent caterpillarthripsany of various small slender-bodied insects of the order Thysanoptera, typically having piercing mouthparts and narrow feathery wings and feeding on plant sap. Some species are serious plant pests treehopperany homopterous insect of the family Membracidae, which live among trees and other plants and typically have a large hoodlike thoracic process curving backwards over the body wax insectany of various scale insects that secrete wax or a waxy substance, esp the oriental species Ceroplastes ceriferus, which produces Chinese wax web spinnerany small fragile dull-coloured typically tropical insect of the order Embioptera, which has biting mouthparts and constructs silken tunnels in which to live weta (New Zealand)any of various wingless insects of the family Stenopelmatidae of New Zealand, with long spiny legs wheel buga large predatory North American heteropterous insect, Arilus cristatus, having a semicircular thoracic projection: family Reduviidae (assassin bugs) wirewormwoodwormany of various insect larvae that bore into wooden furniture, beams, etc, esp the larvae of the furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum, and the deathwatch beetle ▷ See insect
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