Insects


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a fear of itching or of the mites or ticks that cause it.
perception by means of the air, said to be a function of the antennae of insects.
Informal. entomology. — bugologist, n.
the branch of entomology that studies beetles and weevils. — coleopterological, adj. — coleopterist, n.
the branch of entomology that studies the order of insects Diptera, including houseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats.
the branch of zoology that studies insects. Also called insectology. — entomologist, n. — entomologie, entomological, adj.
an abnormal love of insects.
an abnormal fear of insects.
anything shortlived, or of brief duration, especially certain types of insects such as the mayfly.
the condition of having one half of the body male and the other half female, as certain insects. — gynandromorph, n. — gynandromorphous, adj.
the branch of entomology that studies the order Hemiptera, including bedbugs, squashbugs, and aphids.
1. the quality of differing in form from the standard or norm.
2. the condition of existing in different forms at different stages of development, as certain insects. — heteromorphic, adj.
the branch of entomology that studies the order Hytnenoptera, including bees, wasps, and ants.
a process by which an insect goes through more than the usual number of transformations, as the larva being metamorphosed more than once.
the study of the life of the ichneumon fly.
a substance used for killing insects. — insecticidal, adj.
entomology.
the study of ants.
the capacity or state of becoming sexually mature in the larval stage. — neotenous, adj.
the branch of entomology that studies the order Neuroptera, including lacewings and ant lions.
the branch of entomology that studies the order Orthoptera, including cockroaches, grasshoppers, and mantises.
an abnormal fear of lice. Also called phthiriophobia.
an infestation with lice; lousiness. — pediculous, adj.
any chemical substance used for killing pests, as insects, weeds, etc.
pediculophobia.
the occurrence of several forms or colors in one species of insect. — polymorphous, adj.
1. an action characteristic of some insects of producing a shrill, grating noise by chafing a serrated part of the body against a hard part.
2. the noise so produced. — stridulator, n.stridulant, stridulatory, adj.
1. a wasps’ nest.
2. a community or colony of wasps.
communal life, such as that of ants, in which colonies of different species live together but do not share the raising of the young. — xenobiotic, adj.

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  1. Beetles and insects with legs like grass stems —Ernest Hemingway
  2. A big black ant, shaped like a dumbbell —John Gunther
  3. Black beetles … crawled in all directions like animated ink —Harold Adams
  4. Fireflies begin to rise … exactly like the bubbles in champagne —Elizabeth Bishop
  5. Fireflies dazzle the night like red pepper —W. P. Kinsella
  6. Fireflies glow like planets in the moist, silent darkness —W. P. Kinsella
  7. Fleas are, like the remainder of the universe, a divine mystery —Anatole France
  8. A fly is as untamable as a hyena —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Insects … crooned like old women —Stephen Crane
  10. Mosquitoes … as big as mulberries —William Styron
  11. Moths as large and white as our hands —James Crumley
  12. Nothing is so like a soul as a bee. It goes from flower to flower as a soul from star to star, and it gathers honey as a soul gathers light —Victor Hugo
  13. Spiders which floated like cameos in their jars —Pat Conroy
  14. Yellow butterflies flickered along the shade like flecks of sun —William Faulkner
References in classic literature ?
Screaming with dismay, the children ran here and there like disturbed insects.
Eradicate did not stop to ask how Tom and Ned proposed to combat these two species of insects.
cried Robert, in an excited and irritable tone, with the air of a man defending himself against a swarm of stinging insects.
The elm, however, made a pleasant, cheerful, sunny sigh, responsive to the breeze that was elsewhere imperceptible; a swarm of insects buzzed merrily under its drooping shadow, and became specks of light whenever they darted into the sunshine; a locust sang, once or twice, in some inscrutable seclusion of the tree; and a solitary little bird, with plumage of pale gold, came and hovered about Alice's Posies.
The air was full of the smell of flowers, and the buzzing of insects, and the twittering of birds, and there were no people, no wagons, there was no stir of life, nothing going on.
He hopped about and pecked the earth briskly, looking for seeds and insects.
So, the Spider, doggedly watching Estella, outwatched many brighter insects, and would often uncoil himself and drop at the right nick of time.
There was no sound but that of the distant breakers, mounting from all round, and the chirp of countless insects in the brush.
They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.
You should not mope all day in your rooms, but should come out into the green garden, and hear the birds sing with joy among the trees, and see the butterflies fluttering above the flowers, and hear the bees and insects hum, and watch the sunbeams chase the dew-drops through the rose-leaves and in the lily-cups.
The birds, even the insects, were voiceless; the tree-tops scarcely waved.
The crops upon Mars are always uniform, for there are no droughts, no rains, no high winds, and no insects, or destroying birds.