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arthropod family

Definitions of arthropod family
  1. noun
    any of the arthropods
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    Phalangiidae, family Phalangiidae
    a family of Phalangida
    Argiopidae, family Argiopidae, orb-weaver
    spiders that spin orb webs; cosmopolitan in distribution
    Theridiidae, family Theridiidae
    a family of comb-footed spiders
    Theraphosidae, family Theraphosidae
    large tropical spiders; tarantulas
    Lycosidae, family Lycosidae
    wolf spiders
    Ctenizidae, family Ctenizidae
    large burrowing spiders
    Ixodidae, family Ixodidae
    hard ticks
    Argasidae, family Argasidae
    soft ticks
    Acaridae, family Acaridae
    mites
    Trombidiidae, family Trombidiidae
    mites
    Trombiculidae, family Trombiculidae
    mites
    Sarcoptidae, family Sarcoptidae
    small whitish mites
    Tetranychidae, family Tetranychidae
    plant-feeding mites
    Scutigeridae, family Scutigeridae
    a family of Chilopoda
    Geophilidae, family Geophilidae
    small extremely elongate centipedes that live in earth
    Limulidae, family Limulidae
    horseshoe crabs
    Cancridae, family Cancridae
    many of the best known edible crabs
    Portunidae, family Portunidae
    swimming crabs
    Pinnotheridae, family Pinnotheridae
    tiny soft-bodied crabs
    Lithodidae, family Lithodidae
    deep-sea crabs of cold waters
    Majidae, family Majidae
    spider crabs
    Homaridae, family Homaridae
    large-clawed lobsters
    Nephropsidae, family Nephropsidae
    in some classifications coextensive with the Homaridae
    Palinuridae, family Palinuridae
    spiny lobsters
    Astacidae, Astacura, family Astacidae
    crayfish
    Paguridae, family Paguridae
    hermit crabs
    Crangonidae, family Crangonidae
    shrimps
    Palaemonidae, family Palaemonidae
    prawns
    Peneidae, family Peneidae
    tropical prawns
    Mysidae, family Mysidae
    small shrimp-like crustaceans
    Squillidae, family Squillidae
    crustaceans that burrow in mud or under stones in shallow water along the seashore
    Armadillidiidae, family Armadillidiidae
    pill bugs
    Oniscidae, family Oniscidae
    a family of Isopoda
    Porcellionidae, family Porcellionidae
    sow bugs
    Orchestiidae, family Orchestiidae
    beach fleas
    Triopidae, family Triopidae
    a family of Notostraca
    Balanidae, family Balanidae
    stalkless barnacles
    Lepadidae, family Lepadidae
    goose barnacles
    Peripatidae, family Peripatidae
    a family of Onychophora
    Peripatopsidae, family Peripatopsidae
    a family of Onychophora
    Cicindelidae, family Cicindelidae
    tiger beetles
    Coccinellidae, family Coccinellidae
    the ladybugs
    Carabidae, family Carabidae
    ground beetles
    Lampyridae, family Lampyridae
    fireflies
    Cerambycidae, family Cerambycidae
    long-horned beetles
    Chrysomelidae, family Chrysomelidae
    leaf beetles
    Dermestidae, family Dermestidae
    carpet beetles
    Cleridae, family Cleridae
    beetles that prey on other insects
    Lamellicornia, superfamily Lamellicornia
    scarabaeid beetles and stag beetles
    Scarabaeidae, family Scarabaeidae
    scarab or dung beetles
    Melolonthidae, subfamily Melolonthidae
    considered a separate family in some classification systems
    Cetoniidae, subfamily Cetoniidae
    considered a separate family in some classification systems
    Lucanidae, family Lucanidae
    stag beetles
    Elateridae, family Elateridae
    click beetles and certain fireflies
    Dytiscidae, family Dytiscidae
    water beetles
    Gyrinidae, family Gyrinidae
    whirligig beetles
    Anobiidae, family Anobiidae
    deathwatch beetles
    Curculionidae, family Curculionidae
    true weevils: snout beetles
    Meloidae, family Meloidae
    blister beetles
    Ipidae, Scolytidae, family Ipidae, family Scolytidae
    large family of bark-boring or wood-boring short-beaked beetles; very destructive to forest and fruit trees
    Staphylinidae, family Staphylinidae
    rove beetles
    Tenebrionidae, family Tenebrionidae
    a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
    Bruchidae, family Bruchidae
    seed beetles
    Pediculidae, family Pediculidae
    true lice: human lice and related forms
    Phthiriidae, family Phthiriidae
    crab lice
    Pulicidae, family Pulicidae
    many common fleas attacking humans and domestic animals
    Cecidomyidae, family Cecidomyidae
    gall midges
    Muscoidea, superfamily Muscoidea
    two-winged flies especially the families: Muscidae; Gasterophilidae; Calliphoridae; Tachinidae
    Muscidae, family Muscidae
    two-winged flies especially the housefly
    Glossinidae, family Glossinidae
    flies closely related to the Muscidae: tsetse flies
    Calliphoridae, family Calliphoridae
    blowflies
    Tachinidae, family Tachinidae
    parasites on other insects
    Gasterophilidae, family Gasterophilidae
    horse botflies
    Cuterebridae, family Cuterebridae
    New World botflies
    Hypodermatidae, Oestridae, family Hypodermatidae, family Oestridae
    warble flies
    Tabanidae, family Tabanidae
    horseflies
    Bombyliidae, family Bombyliidae
    bee flies
    Asilidae, family Asilidae
    robber flies
    Trephritidae, Trypetidae, family Trephritidae, family Trypetidae
    fruit flies; some leaf miners
    Drosophilidae, family Drosophilidae
    fruit flies
    Hippoboscidae, family Hippoboscidae
    winged or wingless dipterans: louse flies
    Culicidae, family Culicidae
    mosquitoes
    Ceratopogonidae, family Ceratopogonidae
    biting midges; sand flies
    Chironomidae, family Chironomidae
    midges
    Mycetophilidae, family Mycetophylidae
    fungus gnats
    Psychodidae, family Psychodidae
    very small two-winged flies with hairy wings that develop in moss and damp vegetable matter: sand flies
    Sciaridae, family Sciaridae
    fungus gnats
    Tipulidae, family Tipulidae
    crane flies
    Simuliidae, family Simuliidae
    blackflies and sand flies
    Apoidea, superfamily Apoidea
    bees
    Apidae, family Apidae
    honeybees; carpenter bees; bumblebees
    Andrenidae, family Andrenidae
    a large family of solitary short-tongued bees most of which burrow in the ground
    Halictidae, family Halictidae
    a family of small solitary bees; many are valuable pollinators for agriculture
    Megachilidae, family Megachilidae
    leaf-cutting and mason bees
    Vespidae, family Vespidae
    an arthropod family of the order Hymenoptera including: yellow jackets; hornets; mason wasps
    Sphecoidea, superfamily Sphecoidea
    families Sphecidae and Stizidae
    Sphecidae, family Sphecidae
    mud daubers; some digger wasps
    Stizidae, family Stizidae
    cicada killers
    Cynipidae, family Cynipidae
    a family of Hymenoptera
    Chalcidae, Chalcididae, family Chalcidae, family Chalcididae
    an arthropod family including: chalcidflies
    Ichneumonidae, family Ichneumonidae
    ichneumon flies
    Tenthredinidae, family Tenthredinidae
    sawflies
    Formicidae, family Formicidae
    ants
    Dorylinae, subfamily Dorylinae
    army ants
    Termitidae, family Termitidae
    termites
    Rhinotermitidae, family Rhinotermitidae
    large widely distributed family of termites of temperate to tropical regions
    Mastotermitidae, family Mastotermitidae
    primitive termites
    Kalotermitidae, family Kalotermitidae
    primitive termites of warm regions
    Acrididae, Locustidae, family Acrididae, family Locustidae
    short-horned grasshoppers; true locusts
    Tettigoniidae, family Tettigoniidae
    long-horned grasshoppers; katydids
    Stenopelmatidae, family Stenopelmatidae
    long-horned grasshoppers
    Gryllidae, family Gryllidae
    crickets
    Phasmatidae, Phasmidae, family Phasmatidae, family Phasmidae
    stick insects
    Phillidae, Phyllidae, family Phillidae, family Phyllidae
    leaf insects
    Blattidae, family Blattidae
    domestic cockroaches
    Cryptocercidae, family Cryptocercidae
    a family of Blattodea
    Manteidae, Mantidae, family Manteidae, family Mantidae
    mantises
    Capsidae, Miridae, family Capsidae, family Miridae
    leaf bugs
    Tingidae, family Tingidae
    lace bugs
    Lygaeidae, family Lygaeidae
    lygaeid bugs
    Coreidae, family Coreidae
    squash bugs and leaf-footed bugs
    Cimicidae, family Cimicidae
    wingless flat-bodied bloodsucking insects
    Notonectidae, family Notonectidae
    aquatic carnivorous insects
    Belostomatidae, family Belostomatidae
    water bugs
    Nepidae, family Nepidae
    water scorpions
    Corixidae, family Corixidae
    water bugs
    Gerridae, Gerrididae, family Gerridae, family Gerrididae
    an arthropod family that includes water striders
    Reduviidae, family Reduviidae
    assassin bugs
    Pyrrhocoridae, family Pyrrhocoridae
    firebugs
    Aleyrodidae, family Aleyrodidae
    whiteflies
    Coccoidea, superfamily Coccoidea
    scale insects and mealybugs
    Coccidae, family Coccidae
    scale insects
    Diaspididae, family Diaspididae
    armored scales
    Dactylopiidae, family Dactylopiidae
    cochineal insects
    Pseudococcidae, family Pseudococcidae
    scalelike insects: mealybugs
    Aphidoidea, superfamily Aphidoidea
    plant lice
    Aphididae, family Aphididae
    small soft-bodied plant lice
    Adelgidae, family Adelgidae
    plant lice
    Phylloxeridae, family Phylloxeridae
    plant lice
    Chermidae, Psyllidae, family Chermidae, family Psyllidae
    jumping plant lice
    Cicadidae, family Cicadidae
    cicadas
    Cercopidae, family Cercopidae
    froghoppers or spittlebugs
    Cicadellidae, family Cicadellidae
    leafhoppers
    Jassidae, family Jassidae
    family of small leafhoppers coextensive with the Cicadellidae and not distinguished from it in some classifications
    Membracidae, family Membracidae
    plant hoppers: treehoppers
    Fulgoridae, family Fulgoridae
    plant hoppers: lantern flies
    Psocidae, family Psocidae
    a family of small soft-bodied insects that feed on decaying vegetation; related to booklice
    Atropidae, family Atropidae
    booklice
    Ephemeridae, family Ephemeridae
    mayflies
    Myrmeleontidae, family Myrmeleontidae
    antlions
    Chrysopidae, family Chrysopidae
    green lacewings
    Hemerobiidae, family Hemerobiidae
    brown lacewings
    Corydalidae, family Corydalidae
    dobsons
    Sialidae, family Sialidae
    an arthropod family including: alderflies
    Raphidiidae, family Raphidiidae
    a family of arthropods of the suborder Megaloptera, including snakeflies
    Mantispidae, family Mantispidae
    mantispids
    Sisyridae, family Sisyridae
    an arthropod family of the order Neuroptera that includes spongeflies
    Lepismatidae, family Lepismatidae
    firebrats
    Machilidae, family Machilidae
    jumping bristletails
    Thripidae, family Thripidae
    thrips
    Forficulidae, family Forficulidae
    typical earwigs
    Nymphalidae, family Nymphalidae
    large beautifully colored butterflies
    Satyridae, family Satyridae
    a widely distributed family of butterflies common near the edges of woods
    Danaidae, family Danaidae
    small family of usually tropical butterflies: monarch butterflies
    Pieridae, family Pieridae
    arthropod family including cabbage butterflies; sulphur butterflies
    Lycaenidae, family Lycaenidae
    family of small usually brilliantly colored butterflies; males have short forelegs
    Tortricidae, family Tortricidae
    leaf rollers and codling moths
    Lymantriidae, family Lymantriidae
    tussock moths
    Geometridae, family Geometridae
    measuring worms
    Pyralidae, Pyralididae, family Pyralidae, family Pyralididae
    bee moths; corn borers; flour moths
    Tineoidea, superfamily Tineoidea
    clothes moths; carpet moths; leaf miners
    Tineidae, family Tineidae
    clothes moths
    Gracilariidae, Gracillariidae, family Gracilariidae
    leaf miners
    Gelechiidae, family Gelechiidae
    important economic pests
    Noctuidae, family Noctuidae
    cutworms; armyworms
    Sphingidae, family Sphingidae
    hawkmoths
    Bombycidae, family Bombycidae
    Chinese silkworm moth
    Saturniidae, family Saturniidae
    important and widely distributed family of moths including some of the largest insects known
    Arctiidae, family Arctiidae
    tiger moths
    Lasiocampidae, family Lasiocampidae
    tent caterpillars; eggars; lappet moths
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