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Insect Identification Key
Identify Insects in Michigan ... and beyond!

Ant-like insects
These are examples of ant-like insects. The photo at the upper left is an ant. The photo at right shows a number of termites . The illustration at lower left is a Hubbard's angel insect (Zorotypus hubbardi). Notice that neither the termites nor the angel insect have the extremely narrow waist that an ant possesses. Photo credits: ant, Fir0002/Flagstaffotos; termites, USDA/Scott Bauer; angel insect, taken from Maxwell Lefroy's Manual of Entomology, which was published in 1923.

Your answer to the previous question was that your insect does not have a flattened body.

Does your insect have an ant-like body?

See the image at right for examples of ant-like insects. Ant-like insects include insects that may or may not have the narrow waist of an ant. (The ant’s “waist” is actually an extreme narrowing between the first and second segment of its abdomen.) If your insect looks nothing like an ant, answer “no.”


Click one of the following:

Yes, my insect has an ant-like body.

No, my insect does not have an ant-like body.


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Photos at the top of this website are (from left to right): potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) — photo credit: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture; ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)— photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens) — photo credit: Natalie Allen and Stephanie Kolski, U.S. Geological Survey; preying mantis, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), hellgrammite (aka toe biter) larva and eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) — photo credit: Leslie Mertz, DailyGraceCards.com; Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina) — photo credit: Kay Meng, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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