Does your insect have hind legs that are at least twice as long as its other legs, and does each hind leg have an enlarged femur?
Compare the length of a hind leg to that of either the foreleg or the middle leg. Is it considerably longer?
Next, compare the femur on the hind wing to the femur or either the front or middle leg. An insect’s leg has three main sections: the femur, which is the section of the leg that is closest to the body, the tibia, which is the middle section, and the tarsus, which is the section farthest from the body (the small claws are at the end).
Insects that have especially long hind legs and enlarged hind-leg femurs are typically good jumpers. The length of the leg combined with the powerful femur help to propel the insect.
Click one of the following:
Yes, my insect has long hind legs with enlarged femurs.
No, my insect does not have this characteristic.
I would like to return to the start of this key.
|Home||Who We Are||List of Orders||References||Contact Us|
Unless noted otherwise, photographs on this website are the property of the photographers and may not be reused without written permission from the photographers. To obtain permission, email the photographers here. High-resolution versions of the photographs are available.
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.
Reproduction of material from any GoExploreMichigan Media webpages without written permission is strictly prohibited.