Insects Photo Albums
Winged Insects (Pterygota)
Class Pterygota (Winged Insects) splits into infraclasses Palaeoptera (Ancient Winged Insects) and Neoptera (Modern, Wing-folding Insects).
Ancient Winged Insects (Palaeoptera)
Modern, Wing-folding Insects (Neoptera)
Insects Photo Album Taxonomy
Insecta (Insects) comprises three subclasses: Archaeognatha (Jumping Bristletails), Dicondylia (Silverfish) and Pterygota (Winged Insects), only images from the latter subclass feature in the photo album collections.
The figure shows a simplified taxonomic diagram arranged in time-ordered evolutionary history that illustrates the classification of Pterygota (Winged Insects).
Pterygota splits into two Infraclasses:
(1) Palaeoptera (Ancient Winged Insects),
(2) Neoptera (Modern, Wing-folding Insects).
The simplified taxonomic diagram arranged in time-ordered evolutionary history shows Ephemeroptera and Odonata classification, the only two orders placed in Palaeoptera.
The Mayflies, Dragonflies and Damselflies Photo Album comprises Ancient Winged Insect images that include one species from Ephemeroptera and two suborders from Odonata: Anisoptera (Dragonflies) and Zygoptera (Damselflies).
The figure represents a time-ordered evolutionary history diagram that shows moths, part of Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) placed in superorder Holometabola and infraclass Neoptera (Modern, Wing-folding Insects).
The Moths Photo Album features images from four superfamilies:
(1) Zygaenoidea (Slug Moths),
(2) Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths),
(3) Geometroidea (Geometer Moths),
(4) Bombycoidea (Hawkmoths).
There are around 44 Moth superfamilies.
The figure shows a simplified taxonomic diagram in time-ordered evolutionary history illustrating Papilionoidea (True Butterflies) which are part of Lepidoptera.
Traditionally Papilionoidea comprises five families with Hesperiidae placed in the superfamily. However, recent studies place Hesperiidae in Papilionoidea.
Butterflies split into three Photo Albums:
(1) Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae),
(2) Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae),
(3) Skippers (Hesperiidae), Whites (Pieridae), and Swallowtails (Papilionidae) Butterflies.