Insects of Britain and Ireland: orders
The keys and descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993).
Conventional key • Interactive key, including interactive information retrieval • Hints on using the interactive key
The interactive key allows free choice of characters, is easy to use, and can lead to correct identifications in spite of occasional errors. It can display all the illustrations, full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting or lacking specified attributes, and distributions of character states within any set of taxa.
Character list • General morphology of insects • Implicit attributes
Notes on John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated insect names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated plant names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Notes on the scanning of the images
Poems on insects by Giles Watson
Acknowledgements • References • Citation • Contacts, conditions of use, contributions
These descriptions are offered for casual browsing only. We strongly advise against extracting comparative information from them. This is much more easily achieved using the interactive key.
The bold parts in the descriptions are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1995). They distinguish most taxa in at least one respect from the other taxa.
• Coleoptera • Collembola
• Dermaptera • Diplura • Diptera
• Hemiptera • Hymenoptera
• Mantodea • Mecoptera
• Odonata • Orthoptera
• Phasmatodea • Phthiraptera • Plecoptera • Protura • Psocoptera
• Siphonaptera • Strepsiptera
• Thysanoptera • Thysanura • Trichoptera
• Unsatisfactorily resolved images
Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: orders. Version: 16th May 2016. delta-intkey.com’.
Insect groups treated separately in the ‘Insects of Britain and Ireland’ package
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