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

Your answer to the previous question was that your insect has antennae.

Collophore and furcula
This insect has both a forked furcula extending from the tip of its abdomen, and a tube-like collophore in about the middle of its body, where it extends from the first abdominal segment. Illustration credit: Leslie Mertz

Does your insect have a collophore?

A collophore is a tube-like structure found in about the center of the insect on its ventral (belly) side. Insects with a collophore typically have a furcula, which is a forked jumping device. When alive, the insect holds the furcula against its ventral side (underside) with a tiny latch (called a tenaculum). When the latch releases, the furcula springs downward, propelling the insect into the air. Note: Insects that possess a collophore are small (0.2-10 mm in length), so you may have to use a hand lens or dissecting microscope to see the collophore. The furcula, if present, may be easier to spot.

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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,; Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina) — photo credit: Kay Meng, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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