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

Your answer to the previous question was that your insect has an ant-like body.

Insect with a narrow waist
This is an example of an insect with a narrow waist (green arrow). Photo credit: Amanda McCreless.

Does your insect have a narrow waist?

Some insects have an extreme narrowing between the first and second segments of its abdomen. This narrowing is often called a “wasp waist” in reference to the fact that many wasps possess the narrowing.


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Yes, my insect has a narrow waist.

No, my insect does not have a narrow waist.


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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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