One insect species with a name starting in "x" is Xylodromus affinis, a species of European beetle. Xylophagus insects, a type of insect that feeds on wood, have a group name that starts with "x." The xeres blue butterfly is an extinct species whose name begins with "x."Continue Reading
There are very few living insects whose names start with the letter "x," but all beetle species in the genus Xylodromus have scientific names that begin with this letter. Xylodramus affinis is one example. This species of beetle is common throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia and is known for its black body and brown legs. Other Xylodramus species include Xylodramus concinnus and Xylodramus sassuchini.
The xeres blue butterfly no longer exists because it was driven to extinction in the 20th century. It formerly lived in the sand dunes near San Francisco, Calif., and was first described in 1852. Urbanization of this area destroyed the xeres blue butterfly's habitat. It was a member of the lycaenid family of butterflies and is thought to have depended on ants for the survival of its larval stage. When the sand dunes were destroyed, ant populations declined, and the xeres blue butterfly was no longer able to reproduce effectively.Learn more about Bugs
As of 2015, there are currently over one million known species of insects in the world, and scientists still discover new species on a regular basis. Some estimate that there may be between six and ten million species worldwide. Despite their vast numbers, all insects share the same physical characteristics.Full Answer >
While cockroaches are considered non-predatory or non-aggressive insects, different species of water bugs are often highly predatory, feeding on such quarries as small fish and tadpoles. Most species of water bugs are also dramatically larger in size than common cockroaches.Full Answer >
There are several insect species that feed on or otherwise damage sound, healthy wood, including termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. When wood is damaged or wet, it may be susceptible to attack by other bugs and fungi.Full Answer >
The study of insects is called entomology. Entomology is the study of insects and the relationship that they have with the environment, humans and other organisms. The research done by entomologists contributes greatly to scientific fields, such as forensics, molecular science, biology, agriculture, chemistry and animal and human health.Full Answer >