Class: Insecta

This group contains all our photo galleries of animal life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Insecta, the insects, a very diverse class containing beetles, butterflies, moths, flies and weevils, among others. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.

Adult insects all have three pairs of legs and typically move about by walking, flying, or sometimes swimming. Insects are the only invertebrates that can fly and many species are equipped with one or two pairs of wings. Many insect species live a portion of their life cycle under water. Some adult insects are aquatic and have adaptations for swimming. Many insect species are solitary while others, including some bees, ants and termites, are social and live in highly organised colonies. Humans consider some insect species to be pests because they damage crops or spread diseases and attempt to control them with pesticides which may also harm beneficial species. Some insects, called pollinators, are essential to the life-cycle of many flowering plants upon which most organisms, including humans, are at least partly dependent, and without them the terrestrial portion of the Earth's biosphere (including humans) would be devastated.
Amphipsalta zelandica (Chorus Cicada)Ancistrocerus gazella  (European Potter Wasp)Anthidium manicatum (European Wool Carder Bee)Arachnocampa luminosa (NZ Glowworm)Austrocidaria bipartita (Coprosma Carpet Moth)Austrolestes colensonis (NZ Blue Damselfly)Blosyropus spinosus (Spiny Longhorn Beetle)Bombus terrestris (Large Earth Bumble Bee)Caedicia simplex (Common Garden Katydid)Carystoterpa fingens (Spittlebug)Cermatulus nasalis (Brown Soldier Bug)Cleora scriptaria (Kawakawa Looper)Clitarchus hookeri (NZ Stick Insect)Conocephalus bilineatus (Long-horned Grasshopper)Ctenopseustis fraterna (Brownheaded Leafroller)Danaus plexippus (Monarch Butterfly)Dasypodia cymatodes (Northern Wattle Moth)Deinacrida mahoenui (Mahoenui Giant Weta)Dilophus nigrostigma (Blossom Fly)Epiphryne verriculata (Cabbage Tree Moth)Eristalis tenax (Drone Fly)Feredayia graminosa (Green Mahoe Moth)Forficula auricularia (European Earwig)Hemideina thoracica (Auckland Tree Weta)Hermetia illucens (Black Soldier Fly)Illeis galbula (Yellow Ladybird)Lepidoscia heliochares (Log Cabin Bag Moth)Liothula omnivora (Common Bag Moth)Macarostola miniella (Swamp Maire Leaf Miner)Micromus tasmaniae  (Tasmanian Lacewing)Miomantis caffra (Springbok Mantis)Mitophyllus arcuatus (Stag Beetle)Mitophyllus parrianus (Parry's Stag Beetle)Nyctemera annulata (Magpie Moth)Oemona hirta (Lemon Tree Borer)Orthodera novaezealandiae (NZ Praying Mantis)Pachyrhamma longpipes  (Cave Weta)Phlyctinus callosus (Garden Weevil)Pieris rapae (Cabbage White Butterfly)Polistes chinensis (Asian Paper Wasp)Polistes humilis (Australian Paper Wasp)Psepholax sulcatus (Pit Weevil)Pseudocoremia indistincta (Looper Moth)Rhapsa scotosialis (Slender Owlet Moth)Scolopterus aequus (Four-spined Weevil)Scolypopa australis (Passionvine Hopper)Siphanta acuta (Green Planthopper)Spinotectarchus acornutus (Spiny Ridge-backed Stick Insect)Stephanorhynchus lawsoni (Weevil)Stethaspis longicornis (Mumu Chafer Beetle)Stolotermes ruficeps (NZ Damp Wood Termite)Talitropsis sedilloti  (Cave Weta)Thelyphassa lineata (Striped Lax Beetle)Uraba  lugens (Gum Leaf Skeletoniser Moth)Vespula vulgaris (Common Wasp)Xanthocnemis zealandica (NZ Red Damselfly)Xuthodes punctipennis (Speckled Longhorn Beetle)