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Insect wings (and legs) and tetrapod limbs are analogous structures. Insects are protostomes, whereas vertebrates are deuterostomes; both lineages separated in the Precambrian from something resembling a worm (some Ediacaran organisms, such as Kimberella, have been proposed to be protostomes, whereas some others, such as Burykhia, are tentative tunicates, ...


Mint moth. We can only see the forewings on this photo. Single gold spot is the giveaway.


Spiders and Insects have been separate independent linages of animals for 500 million years. Spiders have two body parts (cephalothorax and abdomen), while insects have 3 (head, thorax and abdomen). Besides the differences in number of legs, spiders and insects have different forms of respiration, different mouthparts, and different exoskeletons. Insects ...


Multiple studies have found moths along with most other insects to be significantly more attracted to lamps that emit smaller wavelengths. Particularly studies have shown Ultraviolet (UV) light as the most attractive to insects and more specifically UV-C. Blacklights are often used by moth hunters and in bug zappers and can have different wavelengths ...


This looks like Graphosoma italicum (aka G. lineatum; it is a stinkbug): Graphosoma italicum had been regarded as either a subspecies, or a mere synonym to G. lineatum. G. italicum can reach a length of 8–12 mm (0.31–0.47 in). The body is almost round, with a large shield. The basic color of the upperside of the body is bright red, with wide black ...


This is not a hornet, this a wasp. See the yellow dots on the thorax ? They are typical of the Vespula genus. So is the yellow and black stripe pattern on the abdomen. Those wasps are smaller than hornets (1-2 cm for wasps, 3-4 cm for hornets). Picture from Wikipedia: There are two common Vespula species in France (V. vulgaris and V. germanica), but to ...


The species name of this insect is the gooseberry saw fly. There are three related species, I think this is the pale spotted gooseberry sawfly because it has a pale green head. They usually have black dots as well, but this might develop when the larvae grow. At least, this is what I observed once in my garden.


It appears to be a Boxelder bug, which are common in areas of North America with maples, ash, or other host trees: (photo by Katja Schulz via Wikimedia Commons)

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