What are some common insects in Arizona?


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Some different common types of insects found in Arizona are bees, beetles, flies, roaches, dragonflies, butterflies, earwigs, aphids, grasshoppers, cicadas and ants. However, there are many different species in each of these insect types that are in this state. For example, some different beetle species are the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, blister beetle, burying beetle and the American carrion beetle.

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The insects found in Arizona belong to six different orders, including Odonata, Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Blattodea, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera. The Lepidoptera order includes butterflies and moths, while the Hymenoptera order contains wasps, bees and ants. Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the Odonata order. Some different species of dragonflies found in Arizona are the blue dasher and flame skimmer. Some insects that belong to the Hymenoptera order and live in Arizona are the paper wasp, velvet ant, American bumblebee, oak gall wasp and honeybees.

Although most of these insects live in outdoor areas of Arizona, there are some that can live inside dwellings and are considered pest, including different species of cockroaches, carpenter ants, termites, house and fruit flies, Indian house crickets and wood-boring beetles. Three of the seven cockroach species found in Arizona are the American, Turkestan and German roach. The American roach, which also is called a sewer roach, can grow to a length of 2 inches. To exterminate these pests, insecticidal products are often necessary. Most of these insects enter a home through foundation cracks, crevices, or sewer drains.

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