225. Insects


See also 19. ANTS ; 40. BEES ; 44. BIOLOGY ; 64. BUTTERFLIES ; 430. ZOOLOGY .

acarophobia
a fear of itching or of the mites or ticks that cause it.
aeroscepsy, aeroscepsis
perception by means of the air, said to be a function of the antennae of insects.
bugology
Informal. entomology. —bugologist , n.
coleopterology
the branch of entomology that studies beetles and weevils. —coleopterological , adj. —coleopterist , n.
dipterology
the branch of entomology that studies the order of insects Diptera, including houseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats.
entomology
the branch of zoology that studies insects. Also called insectology . —entomologist , n . —entomologie, entomological , adj.
entomomania
an abnormal love of insects.
entomophobia
an abnormal fear of insects.
ephemeron
anything shortlived, or of brief duration, especially certain types of insects such as the mayfly.
gynandromorphism
the condition of having one half of the body male and the other half female, as certain insects. —gynandromorph , n . —gynandromorphous , adj.
hemipterology
the branch of entomology that studies the order Hemiptera, including bedbugs, squashbugs, and aphids.
heteromorphism
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.
hymenopterology
the branch of entomology that studies the order Hytnenoptera, including bees, wasps, and ants.
hypermetamorphosis
a process by which an insect goes through more than the usual number of transformations, as the larva being metamorphosed more than once.
ichneumonology
the study of the life of the ichneumon fly.
insecticide
a substance used for killing insects. — insecticidal , adj.
insectology
entomology.
myrmecology
the study of ants.
neoteny
the capacity or state of becoming sexually mature in the larval stage. — neotenous , adj.
neuropterology
the branch of entomology that studies the order Neuroptera, including lacewings and ant lions.
orthopterology
the branch of entomology that studies the order Orthoptera, including cockroaches, grasshoppers, and mantises.
pediculophobia
an abnormal fear of lice. Also called phthiriophobia.
pediculosis
an infestation with lice; lousiness. — pediculous, adj.
pesticide
any chemical substance used for killing pests, as insects, weeds, etc.
phthiriophobia
pediculophobia.
polymorphism
the occurrence of several forms or colors in one species of insect. — polymorphous, adj.
stridulation
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.
vespiary
1. a wasps’ nest.
2. a community or colony of wasps.
xenobiosis
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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