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

Your answer to the previous question was that your insect has a either biting mouthparts or no visible mouthparts.

Insects with short antennae
These insects have short antennae. Illustration credit: Popular Science Monthly, Volume 76, 1910.

Does your insect have antennae that are about the same size or shorter than its head?

This question is asking you to compare the length of the antennae to the length of your insect’s head.


Click one of the following:

Yes, my insect has antennae that are shorter than its head.

No, my insect does not have this characteristic.


I would like to return to the start of this key.





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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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