Embioptera Insect Facts with Photos

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The Embioptera Insect web spinner Haploembia solieri (family oligotomidae) comes from the Mediterranean region. The males have two pairs of long narrow wings, but the females are always wingless. Size 0.4-0.5 in (10-13 mm).

Embioptera Insect Facts:

  • Common name: Web spinners
  • Order: Embioptera, Lameere, 1900
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Number of species: About 200 (9 U.S.)
  • Scientific name: Embiidina
  • Higher classification: Exopterygota
  • Size: From about 0.1 in (3 mm) to 0.5 in (13 mm)

Key features: Long, slim body; females wingless, males with or without wings, head bears threadlike antennae; small compound eyes (tiny in females) and chewing jaws, winged males have 2 pairs of similar-sized, smoky wing powerful hind legs for running backward; front tarsi enlarged to produce silk

Habits: Live in silken tunnels under stones, bark, or leaf litter, which they seldom leave; may form colonies with interconnecting tunnels

Breeding: Males hold females in their jaws during mating; females show parental care of eggs and young nymph

Diet: Moss and decaying vegetable matter

Habitat: Forests, screes, and piles of stones

Distribution: Mainly tropical and subtropical zones

Embioptera Insect Pictures:

 

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Embioptera Insect

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