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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 that are shorter than its head.

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At this point in the key, your insect will either have a small head as seen in the illustration at left, or it will have a broad head as shown in the illustration at right. Illustration credit: Centers for Disease Control.

Does your insect have a small head — one that is narrower than the thorax?

Compare the width of your insect’s head to the width of its thorax. If the head is obviously narrower than the thorax, answer “yes.” For guidance, see the photo at right.


Click one of the following:

Yes, my insect has a small 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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