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

Antennae segments
Each antenna of these insects look like a string of tiny beads. Each bead is a segment. Photo credit: USDA/Scott Bauer.

Your answer to the previous question was that your insect had an ant-like body, but didn’t have a narrow waist.

Does your insect have 12 or more segments in each antenna?

Each antenna will be divided into tiny segments that look like round or oblong beads. Count the segments to answer this question.

Click one of the following:

Yes, my insect has antennae that have 12 or more segments each.

No, my insect has less than 12 segments in each antennae.

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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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