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Encyclopedia > Nymph (biology)
Praying mantis nymphs, approximately 4mm long, clustered on a leaf
Praying mantis nymphs, approximately 4mm long, clustered on a leaf

In biology, a nymph is the immature form of some insect species, which undergoes incomplete metamorphosis (Hemimetabolism) before reaching its adult stage; unlike a larva, a nymph's overall form already resembles that of an adult. In addition, while a nymph molts it never enters a pupal stage. Instead, the final molt results in an adult insect. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 205 KB) I meant to name this image Praying mantis nymphs. I dont know how to rename, move or delete it - Id appreciate an admins help with this. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 205 KB) I meant to name this image Praying mantis nymphs. I dont know how to rename, move or delete it - Id appreciate an admins help with this. ... Biology (from Greek βίος λόγος, see below) is the study of life. ... Orders See taxonomy Insects are invertebrates that are taxonomically referred to as the class Insecta. ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... A Pieris rapae larva An older Pieris rapae larva A Pieris rapae pupa A Pieris rapae adult Metamorphosis is a process in biology by which an individual physically develops after birth or hatching, and involves significant change in form as well as growth and differentiation. ... Hemimetabolism, also called incomplete metamorphism, is a term used to describe insects with a specific type of life cycle, including three distinct stages: the embryo, nymph, and the adult stage, or the imago. ... A larva (Latin; plural larvae) is a juvenile form of animal with indirect development, undergoing metamorphosis (for example, insects or amphibians). ... In birds, moulting or molting is the routine shedding of old feathers. ...


This is the case, for example, in Orthoptera (crickets and grasshoppers), Hemiptera (cicadas, shield bugs, etc.), mayflies, termites, cockroaches, mantids, and Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies). Some arachnids also have nymphs. Suborders and families Suborder Ensifera - crickets Superfamily Gryllacroidea Gryllacrididae - camel crikets Rhaphidophoridae - cave crickets Schizodactylidae - dune crickets Stenopelmatidae - king crickets Superfamily Grylloidea Gryllidae - true crickets Gryllotalpidae - mole cricket Mogoplistidae Myrmecophilidae Superfamily Tettigonioidea Anostostomatidae - king crickets Bradyporidae - armoured crickets Haglidae Phaneropteridae Tettigoniidae - katydids, koringkrieks Suborder Caelifera - grasshoppers, locusts Superfamily Acridoidea Acrididae... Subfamilies See text Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as true crickets), are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers and more closely related to katydids or bush crickets (order Orthoptera). ... Families Superfamily: Tridactyloidea Cylindrachaetidae Ripipterygidae Tridactylidae Superfamily: Tetrigoidea Tetrigidae Superfamily: Eumastacoidea Chorotypidae Episactidae Eumastacidae Euschmidtiidae Mastacideidae Morabidae Proscopiidae Thericleidae Superfamily: Pneumoroidea Pneumoridae Superfamily: Pyrgomorphoidea Pyrgomorphidae Superfamily: Acridoidea Acrididae Charilaidae Dericorythidae Lathiceridae Lentulidae Lithidiidae Ommexechidae Pamphagidae Pyrgacrididae Romaleidae Tristiridae Superfamily: Tanaoceroidea Tanaoceridae Superfamily: Trigonopterygoidea Trigonopterygidae Xyronotidae Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of... Suborders Archaeorrhyncha Clypeorrhyncha Prosorrhyncha Sternorrhyncha Hemiptera is a large, cosmopolitan order of insects, comprising some 67,500 known species in three suborders. ... Genera Many. ... Families Acanthosomatidae- Shield bugs Aphylidae Canopidae Cydnidae- burrowing bugs Dinidoridae Lestoniidae Megarididae Pentatomidae- stink bugs Phloeidae Plataspididae (Plataspidae) Scutelleridae- shield-back bugs Tessaratomidae Thaumastellidae Thyreocoridae (Corimelaenidae)- black bugs Urostylididae (Urostylidae) Shield bug and stink bug (or shieldbug and stinkbug) are common names applied to various insects of the Hemiptera order... Suborders Suborder Schistonota  Superfamily Baetoidea    Siphlonuridae    Baetidae    Oniscigastridae    Ameletopsidae    Ametropodidae  Superfamily Heptagenioidea    Coloburiscidae    Oligoneuriidae    Isonychiidae    Heptageniidae  Superfamily Leptophlebioidea    Leptophlebiidae  Superfamily Ephemeroidea    Behningiidae    Potamanthidae    Euthyplociidae    Polymitarcydae    Ephemeridae    Palingeniidae Suborder Pannota  Superfamily Ephemerelloidea    Ephemerellidae    Leptohyphidae    Tricorythidae  Superfamily Caenoidea    Neoephemeridae    Baetiscidae    Caenidae    Prosopistomatidae The mayflies belong to the order Ephemeroptera (meaning but for... Families Mastotermitidae Kalotermitidae Termopsidae Hodotermitidae Rhinotermitidae Serritermitidae Termitidae Termites, sometimes known as white ants, are a group of eusocial insects usually classified at the taxonomic rank of order, Isoptera. ... Families Blaberidae Blattellidae Blattidae Cryptocercidae Polyphagidae Nocticolidae Cockroaches are insects of the Order Blattodea. ... For the self-defence technique, see Praying mantis kung fu. ... Suborders Epiprocta(dragonflies), including infraorder Anisoptera(true dragonflies) Zygoptera(damselflies) Reference: ITIS 101593 as of 2002-07-26 Odonata is an order in the class Insecta, encompassing those insects commonly known as dragonflies (either when referring to the group as a whole, or for the species in the suborder Epiprocta... Families Aeshnidae Austropetaliidae Cordulegastridae Corduliidae Gomphidae Libellulidae Neopetaliidae Petaluridae The dragonfly is an insect belonging to the Order Odonata, Suborder Anisoptera and characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. ... Families Amphipterygidae Calopterygidae - Broad-winged damselfly Coenagrionidae - Narrow-winged damselfly Dicteriadidae Lestidae - Spread-winged damselfly Megapodagrionidae Perilestidae Platystictidae Polythoridae Protoneuridae Pseudostigmatidae Synlestidae The Damselfly (suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the order Odonata. ... Orders Acarina Amblypygi Araneae Opiliones Palpigradi Pseudoscorpionida Ricinulei Schizomida Scorpiones Solifugae Uropygi The arachnids, Arachnida, are a class of invertebrate animals in the subphylum Chelicerata. ...


Nymphs of aquatic insects, as in the orders Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), Ephemeroptera (mayflies), and Plecoptera (stoneflies) are also called naiads, which is an ancient greek name for mythological water nymphs. In older literature these were sometimes referred to as the heterometabolous insects, as their adult and immature stages live in different environments (terrestrial vs. aquatic). Animal environments are classified as either aquatic (water), terrestrial (land), or amphibious (water and land). ... Scientific classification or biological classification refers to how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Families Amphipterygidae Calopterygidae - Broad-winged damselfly Coenagrionidae - Narrow-winged damselfly Dicteriadidae Lestidae - Spread-winged damselfly Megapodagrionidae Perilestidae Platystictidae Polythoridae Protoneuridae Pseudostigmatidae Synlestidae The Damselfly (suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the order Odonata. ... Plecoptera are an order of insects, commonly known as stoneflies. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ... This article is about a system of myths. ... Hemimetabolism or hemimetaboly, also called incomplete metamorphism, is a term used to describe the mode of development of certain insects that includes three distinct stages: the egg, nymph, and the adult stage, or imago. ... Animal environments are classified as either aquatic (water), terrestrial (land), or amphibious (water and land). ... Animal environments are classified as either aquatic (water), terrestrial (land), or amphibious (water and land). ...


See also

A single mantis nymph on an adult woman's finger
A single mantis nymph on an adult woman's finger

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Psyche 36:283-292 (2434 words)
The arrangement seemed to be perfect that the older nymphs were at that end of the root lower in the soil and towards the ant nest-the younger nearer to the surface of the ground and farther from the nest.
Most of the nymphs found were thus situated, under the ground, but two chambers were found in a cavity in the rotten stump at about the surface of the ground but covered with trash of dead leaves etc., and in the dirt and debris of very rotton wood.
Not a single nymph of about 30 was out of the company of ants, and one found under a bit of rotton log about 3' away as well as one found through on the other side of the stump had ants in attendance.
Dragonfly Life Cycle (322 words)
Many species overwinter as nymphs in ponds and marshes and emerge in the spring as adults.
When the nymph is completely grown and ready to become a dragonfly it will crawl up the stem of a water plant and emerge out of the water.
Introduction to the classification and biology of Odonata.
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